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Are you a fan of John Greene? Then this read is right up your ally. Thoughtful and timely, this one reminds us what it’s like to fall in love, and reminds us of how truly interconnected we all are in such a seemingly big and impersonal world.
What is this book about?
Two teens, each embarking on a life changing day in NYC have no idea that their chance meeting will set off a chain of events that will change the trajectory of their lives forever.
16 year old Tasha is set to be deported back to Jamaica….tonight. She has lived in the US since she was a young child after coming with her parents so that her father could pursue his life long dream of becoming an actor. Ten years later her family still lives in a cramped one bedroom and her fathers dream is all but dead.
After an unfortunate DUI, her family’s undocumented status is discovered, all appeals subsequently lost, and they are set to be deported that very night. In a last ditch effort to save her life as she knows it, Tasha sets out to meet with an immigration lawyer who she hopes can work a miracle.
16 year old Daniel, born to Korean immigrants, is scheduled for an admissions interview with Yale. His parents have chosen his path in life; study hard, go to a prestigious school, become a doctor, achieve the “American Dream”. The only problem is that Daniel doesn’t want to be a doctor. In fact, he doesn’t even really know what he wants to do with his life; but what he does know, is that he wants to figure it out on his own terms.
These two teens worlds collide when they meet on arguably the most important days of their lives.
What an absolutely amazing story! As I mentioned up top- this one had a very John Greene-esque feel to me and fans of his works will for sure fall in love with this read.
Told in alternating perspectives between Daniel and Tasha, the reader really gets into each of these main characters head space. Even though this read (mostly) spans the length of just one day, the character development between these two is so well done it’s impressive.
There are also several asides in the book, told in the third person which detail very minor characters who up end changing the course of these two lives through their own small, seemingly insignificant ways.
One final note
To me this was the most interesting and exciting part of the book. The world, while it seems so big and impersonal, is all so very interconnected. The fact that things that we may be oblivious to day in and day out can shape the course of our futures is nothing short of fascinating to me.
This is a definite must read- add it to your lists ASAP!
Until next week friends!