Published by Delacorte Press on November 1st 2016
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Observable fact: You should never take long shots. Better to study the odds and take the probable shot. However, if the long shot is your only shot, then you have to take it.
Natasha is 12 hours away from being deported. Her parents came to the United States from Jamaica when she was a child so her father could pursue his acting dream. She believes in Science and is not a romantic. She certainly does not believe in love at first sight. She isn’t even looking for love. She is looking for the long shot. For a chance to remain in the United States so she can finish her education here.
Daniel wants to be a poet. His parents, however, want him to become a Doctor. His older brother recently disgraced their family by being suspended from College. Daniel’s parents came to the United States from South Korea in order to live the American Dream.
When Daniel and Natasha meet, Daniel is instantly enamored by her. He does believe in love at first sight and wants to spend every moment with her even if it means not making his Yale interview. Natasha, although drawn to Daniel, believes in science and scientific reasons for things. She doesn’t have time for love – she is being deported after all. Over the course of the day together they get to know each other and share things about themselves that they have never shared with another person. There are some coincidences here as in the immigration attorney which Natasha goes to for help is also the person who Daniel is supposed to meet with for his Yale interview.
I liked how the story was told form each of their perspectives. I wasn’t so impressed with the shorter chapters in -between the POV chapters. The shorter chapters give us more information and background but I felt they were distracting and the information could have been given in the POV chapters themselves. I think the Author was trying to be unique but this just did not work for me.
There is a lot of hype for this book. I failed to see what all the hoopla was about. This book was okay but not great.I thought the ending was done well and most will enjoy the epilogue.