Thank you to netgalley and Corgi Childrens for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And thank you Corgi for also sending me a physical copy of this book from winning a goodreads giveaway.
Natasha is about to be deported. She’s trying everything she can to get her family to be able to stay in the US but she’s booked on a flight that night. While she’s running about NYC speakng to different lawyers and people who could maybe help she bumps into Daniel who is having a bit of a crisis over what he wants to do with his life. Daniel is immediately smitten but Natasha tries to hold herself back knowing that she
This is an example of when insta-love just really works. People have a big hatred for insta-love, and personally I’m not really for or against it. If it’s really bad then I hate it but with YA you’re reading about teenagers, I don’t know about you but when I was a teen I definitely suffered from insta-love.
I really enjoyed how this book played with fate. I loved learning the stories of the random people that the MCs bumped into, getting to see how their lives were changed from that run in. Seeing how people’s lives were so intertwined that they kept bumping into each other without even trying.
This was everything I wanted from a book about illegal immigrants that I didn’t get from Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz, which whilst a completely different story and background definitely felt really cliche at times. This book felt so real, it felt so lifelike, I loved getting to read about both Natasha and Daniel and their lives, but also their families lives. Everyone had their own story of how they got to where they were in life.
I loved how the book played off stereotypes, like Daniel being a super smart Korean kid and his parents wanting him to be a doctor, but he didn’t want to do that and wasn’t really sure what he was going to do with his life, and his brother wanting to completely immerse himself in American culture and forget his Korean roots.
This book was just an absolute joy to read to be honest. The writing style flowed so well and I think I read it in 1 sitting. You got just enough of each POV before a change so that you didn’t feel short changed but also didn’t get sick of that characters voice. I just really loved this book.