My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science, Contemporary Romance, Destiny
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
So this book isn’t entirely realistic. Too many coincidences. But what it is SUPER cute.
Natasha and Daniel meet. Then meet again. And again. Could it be fate pushing them together? Natasha doesn’t want to think so; after all, she trusts science, not concepts that cannot be scientifically proven.
Daniel is moonstruck over Natasha. Unlike her, he believes in fate and love at first sight. Now he just has to convince Natasha that they were meant for each other.
It sounds so cheesy and cliché, doesn’t it? Like it was written for hopeless romantics specifically, no?
Well I’m not what you would call a *hopeless romantic*. I love romance and definitely have my OTPs – Malec & Lamen – but I’m not easily swept off my feet in that department.
I have a weakness though. Cuteness. I can’t resist atmospherically cute scenes. I especially cannot resist two people wanting to express their love but being extremely shy about it.
Oh, it was adorable, okay? It reminded me of the romance between Eleanor and Park. To my surprise, it didn’t even feel as if their relationship progressed too fast, despite this novel taking place in a single day. Obviously, the characters do not jump on one another the moment they meet. Fioouuu.
Although I was familiar with most of the mentioned notions, such as Dark Matter, Quantum theory and the Three Sisters of Fate (fate), I found their presence in the story very relevant. I was surprised by the love experiment, however. I’m quite eager to try the staring-into-each-other’s-eyes-for-four-minutes exercise myself.
… Did I forget to mention that Natasha and Daniel cannot be together? She’s being deported tonight due to her status as an undocumented citizen.
Well, well. Read this book to find out what happens.
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