Thought-provoking, funny, aspiring, wise, lovely. That is how I describe this book.
Natasha seeks to stop her and her family from being deported after a debacle caused by her father. Daniel has an interview for Yale, but he’s not sure if it’s the path he truly wants. Their paths cross, perhaps by fate, and feelings between the do spark.
I highly recommend this book for everyone.
Natasha brought up a really good point. We visit other countries and think we have a perfect solid idea of what the culture is like just by a little vacation time. But do we really take the time to go into the towns and talk to the people to see what living there is really like? Probably not. As she said, we more than likely relax in the hotel and resorts. Many people come to this country because they want more opportunity that they can’t find in their own.
I realize that everyone wants to see their dreams come true, but there is a time when you have to put others before yourself first. When you’re a spouse, and especially a parent, you have to take care of your family first. The time to think about yourself first is when you are single. This is just an opinion.
I can understand why Daniel’s father made it such a big deal for Daniel to go to the best college and become a doctor. Like any other loving parent, he wants to see his child succeed. Sometimes parents tend to take this a little far and decide their child’s futures for them. I’m not a parent yet, but sometimes you have to let your son and daughter choose their own path and hope and pray that it’s the right one.
Sometimes our siblings need to be put in their place, especially when they’re being cruel to you. I got 3 siblings, so I know. That is why I was so glad when Daniel stepped up to his brother Charlie. Granted it was a losing effort, but it was good that he tried.
I liked how even the non lead characters had a couple of chapters. My favorite was definitely the security guard. It was a beautiful tie in when she was there on the plane at the end when Daniel and Natasha meet up again after being away from each other for all those years.
There were so many good quotes, but I’ll throw out only a couple for your consideration.:
“‘Meeting your obligations is the definition of adulthood, kid. If you’re going to make mistakes and break promises, now’s the time.'” p. 292
“‘Get your screwing up done now, when the consequences aren’t so bad. Trust me. It gets harder to do it later.'” p. 292
“‘All you dreamer types think the universe exists just for you and your passion'” p. 194
“‘Maybe part of falling in love with someone else is also falling in love with yourself. I like who I am with her.'”- p. 150