In this story of hope, Nicola Yoon pulls at your heart string. The audience is introduced to Natasha first. Natasha is about to graduate from high school. Instead of being excited for the new possibilities, she is stressed. She has just found out she is soon to be deported to her home country. She is the only one in her family of four who seems to care or be trying to make a change. After many rejections, Natasha continues to pursue a judge who can save her from this fate. Natasha came to America at the age of 2 and hasn’t been anywhere since. Her condition in America isn’t lavish. She shares her living room with her brother. Their only separation is a curtain. Natasha would rather suffer through all of this than to, go back to her home country. It’s too bad she only has one day left to fix things.
We are then introduced to Daniel. Most of his life Daniel has lived in the shadow of his older brother. In their culture, playing it smart is always the way to go. After his brother is kicked out of school, all attention is on him to make it. The biggest problem is that Daniel doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. To make his parents happy he continues down the path they have chosen for him. It would be easier to make this sacrifice, if he didn’t have his brother breathing down his back.
While noticing her ex with his new girlfriend, Natasha meets Daniel. The two appreciate a good laugh at the two getting caught up in shop lifting. Daniel was on his way to a college interview. He wasn’t motivated at all, so when his senses tell him to follow the girl with the beautiful hair, he does. Natasha doesn’t seem to notice the boy behind her, until he saves her life. It seems only fitting to have a drink with the boy who kept her from being run over. The two go on an adventure of understanding, and hope. The two are headed toward two paths full speed. Can they know each other off their course.
I really enjoyed this book. I once again went into another book without knowing very much about it. I find this the best way to read a contemporary. This has also been my first audio book, and I enjoyed it. Although now every time I think of the story, I will have their voices in my head. I gave this book 5/5 stars. It was so great actually not knowing what would happen. I love my contemporary books, but reading a book where I wasn’t waiting for the inevitable was rather nice. The character development was amazing. I didn’t feel a deep attachment for the main characters, but I hoped for them which was special. There was a romance. I loved it by the end. I was unsure at first. The family relationship was extraordinary. Nicola Yoon had a way of opening up anyone who came across our characters. I think if I was reading the physical book, I might have skipped over these details that made the book what it was. The plot of the story is inspiring. Nicola Yoon is the most creative writer I know. From what I came up with there is a reason for everything. Also each person you meet in your life , has their own things going on.