(Penguin sent me a copy of this book for review. My opinions haven’t been affected.)
Nicola’s first book, to me, was really impressive. Focusing on Maddie and her life with SCID which is then punctuated with the arrival of Olly. When I found out Nicola was writing a second book, I was very excited. Then her book showed up at my doorstep and I was very excited! So, as today is the official release day for the book here in the UK, I thought today was the best opportunity to publish my review.
This book takes two characters: Daniel and Natasha, and one setting: New York City. It also takes a single day. Natasha believes in facts and science, but her family is twelve hours away from being deported from America to Jamaica. She knows love is simply a mixture of chemicals and brain activity, so she’s definitely not someone who believes in fate. Daniel has been the one that is always trying to meet his parents’ expectations. Never the poet. But when he meets Natasha, he can’t help but feel like life is something supposed to be more. When a thousand futures lie before them, who can be sure which one they’ll take?
I loved this book. I really loved this book. I’m so happy Penguin sent me a copy, because it might be one of the standout releases of 2016.
The story is one that you can really get engrossed in. The urgency of the fact that Natasha’s fate is decided in less than 24 hours gives the story a greater sense of anticipation; you really want to know what’s next. Yes, Natasha and Daniel fall in love, but I’d be hesitant to call this a romance novel; both are people in their own rights with their own stories, problems and lives, like everyone, and the book does a great job of showing that.
I loved finding out more about Daniel and Natasha’s individual stories. They both have incredible stories that Nicola goes in depth with, and I loved learning more about them as people. Neither are just objects in a romantic relationship.
The book really puts into perspective the idea of fate, and the idea that literally anything can happen, but sometimes you get the feeling it’s meant to be. The ending might not be the future you were expecting reading the book, which I’ll say right now, and some may find this confusing (I certainly did!), but nonetheless Nicola’s writing style that I loved in Everything, Everything is back and it’s really amazing in this new story.
The ending being confusing may not be the worst thing though. You may find it’s a refreshing new take on romance, and you may find that the ending perfectly compliments the book. Or you may find, like me, that’s it a stark contrast to the rest of the book and it leaves you desperate to find out what happens to the pair next.
A really amazing book. If you’re excited to read this book, I don’t think you’ll be let down.