Although the storyline of this book didn’t necessarily draw me in, I was intrigued because of the author. I really enjoyed Everything, Everything and figured this one might be good too.
The insta-love concept seems so overdone these days, and that is definitely a main plot point in this book. However, this book is about so much more than insta-love. The two main characters, Natasha and Daniel, are both minorities in the US and struggle with family expectations and American expectations in additional to navigating their own dreams, ideas, fears and disappointments. Natasha is an illegal immigrant from Jamaica and is desperately trying to find a way to fight her family’s deportation order. Daniel is a Korean-American, born in America, who is quietly trying to fight the future his parents have planned for him (Yale/Harvard, doctor, marriage, kids – the “American Dream”). Natasha and Daniel appear to be completely different upon meeting. Natasha is factual and scientific while Daniel is a romantic poet, a complete dreamer. As the story moves on, we see subtle similarities between Daniel and Natasha and this is why the insta-love in this book might work.
If this entire book was about insta-love and the story of Natasha and Daniel, I probably would have given in two stars. Whether or not the insta-love works doesn’t really matter – it’s just been done too often. This story delves deep into Daniel’s and Natasha’s families and the individual struggles.
The ending was unexpected… that’s all I’ll say.