I know I’m gonna get too passionate writing this review, I need to chill. Okay here goes :
“Compared to that, what is falling in love? A series of small coincidences that we say means everything because we want to believe that our tiny lives matter on a galactic scale. But falling in love doesn’t even begin to compare to the formation of the universe. It’s not even close.”
This book was fantastic. It was so much more than anything I could’ve imagined. This story hit me hard and by hard, I mean as hard as a truck going FULL-SPEED on the highway and suddenly hitting a wall (is that fast ? I have to assume it is, right ?).
Why did the story resonate with me so much ? Because I saw SO MUCH OF MYSELF IN IT. And by SO MUCH, I mean that Daniel and Natasha are two sides of the same coin (the coin being my personality). I cannot tell you how many quotes I highlighted because I related to it on a spiritual, mystical level.
If you read Everything, Everything and didn’t like it, please give this one a chance ! I read Everything, Everything a while ago and I don’t remember much from it. But this book. Wow. I don’t know what to say except that I feel like so much love and effort was poured into this book and this is why this masterpiece exists.
ACCURATE FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS !!! Fuck yes. Oh my God, you don’t know how long I’ve been hoping to read this. The fact IS ladies and gents, some families are fucked up. And most relationships aren’t like in the movies. Not all siblings love each other, not all parents are as kind and loving as you want them to be.
The balance between the love story and a realistic portrayal of life. Yes, there’s some degree of insta-love (at least on Daniel’s part at the beginning) and a good amount of very fortunate coincidences. But this was so well balanced with a very realistic portrayal of LIFE.
I saw myself so much in Natasha and her approach of life, love and everything in between. And yet, I saw myself in Daniel too, being a hopeless romantic (I hate that expression but I can’t run from it, ITS WHO I AM).
Angry Girls Unite : “Psychiatrists tell you not to bottle up your feelings because they’ll eventually explode. They’re not wrong. I’ve been angry for months. It feels like I’ve been angry since the beginning of time.” Heck yes !!! I’m a broken record at this point but can I just gush about how good it feels to see an angry female MC ?
The format : Nicola Yoon, can I just say that it feels like this book was written for me ? Yes, I’m OBNOXIOUS like that ! I’m sorry!!! The multiple POVs felt so refreshing and you also get a lot of RANDOM FACTS (I LOVE RANDOM FACTS, I KNOW IT’S NOT AS AMAZING AS LIKING CHEMISTRY OR PANIC! AT THE DISCO BUT I LOVE RANDOM FACTS).
The commentary about the pressure teenagers are under : just when I thought this book couldn’t get more perfect, it did. I related a lot to the pressure Daniel was put under by his parents. “Life would be easier if I were passionate about wanting to be a doctor. Being a doctor seems like one of those things you’re supposed to be passionate about. Saving lives and all that. But all I feel is meh“. Even though I don’t feel that way anymore, I used to and the commentary regarding having to go in a certain way (job-wise) because “you’re supposed to”. My dudes, I was not ready.
The commentary about the United States and immigration: “If people who were actually born here had to prove they were worthy enough to live in America, this would be a much less populated country.” Nicola Yoon makes an excellent point there.
Some very necessary key-smashing
Daniel overthinking everything aka I-Already-Told-You-I-Related-To-Him-I-Have-To-Stop-Repeating-Myself
Irene’s story !!!
“I don’t believe in love.” “It’s not a religion,” he says. “It exists whether you believe in it or not.”
Daniel being SUPER SMOOTH
The balance between Daniel’s super romantic self and his realist self (he has one, I swear) : The poetic heart is not to be trusted with long-term decision-making.
“Jesus. Save me from the nice and sincere boys who feel things too deeply.”
Natasha’s father and his confusion as to why he has talent but “nowhere to display it” really hit my “everything-happens-for-a-reason” logic and I was here for it. Yes For Books That Make You Question Your Ways Of Thinking (And Incidentally All Your Life Choices). “We tell ourselves there are reasons for the things that happen, but we’re just telling ourselves stories. We make them up. They don’t mean anything.”
MIXED RELATIONSHIPS : Daniel’s parents wanting him to be with a Korean girl resonated a lot with me as I’m part of a family who would really dislike me being with someone’s who not Jewish.
The scenery : New York City Meets Cute Atmosphere Where Everything Is Pink And Soft And Everyone Smells Good But Also There Are Real Problems Out There (idk just the vibe I got from this book, SUE ME).
I think I can officially say I fell in love with a book.
Daniel and his brother : not every sibling relationship is about the sun shining and the birds chirping and support and love. Sometimes, people are assholes and sometimes, they happen to be your brother.
“You know the way we feel right now? This connection between us that we don’t understand and we don’t want to let go of? That’s God.” I AM NOT CRYING.
THIS FUCKING QUOTE : “All day I’ve been thinking that we were meant to be. That all the people and places, all the coincidences were pushing us to be together forever. But maybe that’s not true. What if this thing between us was only meant to last the day? What if we are each other’s in-between people, a way station on the road to someplace else? What if we are just a digression in someone else’s history?”
Have you read The Sun Is Also A Star ? What’s a book that hit you RIGHT in the feels ? Tell me about it !