4/5 stars suns. “We're kindling amid lightning strikes, a lit match and dry wood, fire danger signs and a forest waiting to be burned.” When I first saw the title, it was love at first sight. Then I saw the cover, and I knew I needed this book. I read the description. I longed for it to be in my hands. Yet I had months seven months to wait. I ended up picking up [b:Everything, Everything
26540216] just a week later, because I needed something to hold me off until its release date.I found myself waking up early the day of November 1st. I ran to Target before my first class of the day and got my copy before the store even had its chance to place it on the shelf. It remained in my hands the rest of the day. Despite the fact that the last month I've been stuck in a deep slump, any free second I had was spent reading. Only six pages in, I knew this book was going to be amazing. It was.It was a tragic story, really, about a love that is about to be ripped apart before it even had the chance to bloom. Natasha, Protagonist #1, is hours away from being deported. While Protagonist #2, Daniel, is about to accept the life that's been laid out for him by his parents. There was an atagonist too, who hid in the background of irrelevant chapters, that answers to the name of “The Universe.” After a chance encouter, the Protagonists spend the day navigating their issues together in a very [b:Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park
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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Jennifer E. Smith
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