The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star

by

Nicola Yoon

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Natasha Kingsley Character Analysis

Natasha Kingsley, an undocumented immigrant from Jamaica, is one of the seventeen-year-old protagonists of the novel. She came to the US when she was eight years old with her mother, Patricia, to join her father, Samuel. The family overstayed their tourist visa and have been in the country since. Natasha adored her passionate, artistic father when she was a child, but over the last several years, her love and respect for him slowly waned as she realized that his dream of becoming a famous actor was never going to come true. In response to her father’s failures, Natasha turns to math and science as an alternative to passion, as those subjects have lucrative career opportunities as well as little room for error or emotion. Natasha meets Daniel as she's attempting to overturn her family's Voluntary Removal notice, a cause she takes up because she identifies fully as American and believes that Jamaica holds nothing for her. Though she's initially rude and brisk with Daniel, she finds him extremely attractive, and by the end of the day, she comes to see that there's value in his love of poetry, emotion, love, and religion. At the end of the day, Natasha's family is forced to leave the country, but not before Natasha finally confronts her father about his neglect of their family. She informs him that he needs to start living in the real world and stop living in his dreams—something she had been unable to say to him before meeting Daniel and learning from him.

Natasha Kingsley Quotes in The Sun is Also a Star

The The Sun is Also a Star quotes below are all either spoken by Natasha Kingsley or refer to Natasha Kingsley. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of The Sun is Also a Star published in 2016.
Chapter 4 Quotes

She glances up at me again but shows no sign that she recognizes me, even though I've been here every day for the last week. To her I'm just another anonymous face, another applicant, another someone who wants something from America.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley (speaker), Irene
Related Symbols: Headphones
Page Number: 17
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Chapter 10 Quotes

One day in the future, the meaning of irie will move on, and it will become just another word with a long list of archaic or obsolete definitions. "Is everything irie?" someone will ask you in a perfect American accent. "Everything's irie," you will respond […] Neither of you will know about Abraham or the Rastafari religion or the Jamaican dialect. The word will be devoid of any history at all.

Page Number: 26
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Chapter 34 Quotes

Maybe I should give up. I don't know why I haven't yet. The universe is clearly trying to save me from myself. I bet if I looked for signs about parting ways, I would find them.

Related Characters: Daniel Bae (speaker), Natasha Kingsley
Page Number: 87
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Chapter 37 Quotes

When they say the heart wants what it wants, they're talking about the poetic heart—the heart of love songs and soliloquies, the one that can break as if it were just-formed glass.

They're not talking about the real heart, the one that only needs healthy foods and aerobic exercise.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley (speaker), Daniel Bae
Page Number: 102
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Chapter 40 Quotes

Does he want to know how it feels to be undocumented? Or how I keep waiting for someone to find out I don't belong here at all?

Probably not. He's looking for facts, not philosophy, so I write them down.

Page Number: 112
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Chapter 46 Quotes

America's not really a melting pot. It's more like one of those divided metal plates with separate sections for starch, meat, and veggies.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley (speaker), Daniel Bae, Dae Hyun Bae
Page Number: 128
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Chapter 47 Quotes

When Natasha decides to wear hers in an Afro, it's not because she's aware of all this history. She does it despite Patricia Kingsley's assertions that Afros make women look militant and unprofessional. Those assertions are rooted in fear—fear that her daughter will be harmed by a society that still so often fears blackness.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley, Patricia Kingsley
Page Number: 130
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Chapter 60 Quotes

"Doesn't matter. People always ask where I'm from. I used to say here, but then they ask where are you really from, and then I say Korea. Sometimes I say North Korea and that my parents and I escaped from a water dungeon filled with piranhas where Kim Jong-un was holding us prisoner."

Related Characters: Daniel Bae (speaker), Natasha Kingsley
Page Number: 157
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Chapter 69 Quotes

Of all the ways today could've gone, I couldn't have predicted this. But now I'm sure that everything that's happened today has been leading me to her and us to this moment and this moment to the rest of our lives.

Even Charlie's academic probation from Harvard feels like it's part of the plan to get us to this point.

Related Characters: Daniel Bae (speaker), Natasha Kingsley, Charlie Bae
Page Number: 175
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Chapter 80 Quotes

In modern times, the sisters have largely disappeared from the collective consciousness, but the idea of Fate hasn't. Why do we still believe? Does it make tragedy more bearable to believe that we ourselves had no hand in it, that we couldn't have prevented it? It was always ever thus.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley, Daniel Bae
Page Number: 201
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Chapter 81-82 Quotes

The sheer number of actions and reactions it's taken to form our solar system, our galaxy, our universe, it's astonishing. The number of things that had to go exactly right is overwhelming.

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.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley (speaker), Daniel Bae
Page Number: 203
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Chapter 83 Quotes

Yes, she'd been frustrated with him for years, but that one moment showed us all how far apart they really were now. Even Peter, who sides with my mother in all things, flinched a little.

Still. You couldn't fault her. Not really. My father had been dreaming his life away for years. He lived in those plays instead of the real world. He still does. My mother didn't have time for dreaming anymore.

Neither do I.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley (speaker), Samuel Kingsley, Patricia Kingsley
Related Symbols: A Raisin In the Sun
Page Number: 208
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Chapter 86 Quotes

Should I tell him about my father's aborted dreams? Should I tell him that I think dreams never die even when they're dead? Should I tell him that I suspect my father lives a better life in his head?

Related Symbols: A Raisin In the Sun
Page Number: 213
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Chapter 91 Quotes

I open my mouth to ask for more facts and specifics. I find them reassuring. The poem comes back to me. "'Hope' is the thing with feathers." I close my mouth. For the second time today I'm letting go of the details. Maybe I don't need them. It would be so nice to let someone else take over this burden for a little while.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley (speaker), Daniel Bae, Attorney Jeremy Fitzgerald
Page Number: 233
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Chapter 107 Quotes

Before these buildings were buildings, they were just the skeletons of them. Before they were skeletons, they were crossbeams and girders. Metal and glass and concrete. And before that, they were construction plans. Before that, architectural plans. And before that, just an idea someone had for the making of a city.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley (speaker), Daniel Bae
Page Number: 268
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Chapter 108 Quotes

"I think all the good parts of us are connected on some level. The part that shares the last double chocolate chip cookie or donates to charity or gives a dollar to a street musician or becomes a candy striper or cries at Apple commercials or says I love you or I forgive you. I think that's God. God is the connection of the very best parts of us."

Related Characters: Daniel Bae (speaker), Natasha Kingsley
Page Number: 272
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Chapter 111 Quotes

Sometimes I think my mom's worst fear is being disappointed. She combats this by trying her hardest never to get her hopes up, and urging everyone else to do the same.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley (speaker), Patricia Kingsley
Page Number: 285
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Chapter 120 Quotes

From this distance, the city looks orderly and planned, as if all of it were created at one time for one purpose. When you're inside it, though, it feels like chaos.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley (speaker), Daniel Bae
Page Number: 313
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Chapter 122 Quotes

"What I care about is you, and I'm sure that love is enough to overcome all the bullshit. And it is bullshit. All the handwringing. All the talk about cultures clashing or preserving cultures and what will happen to the kids. All of it is one hundred percent pure, unadulterated bullshit, and I just refuse to care."

Related Characters: Daniel Bae (speaker), Natasha Kingsley, Dae Hyun Bae
Page Number: 317
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Chapter 129 Quotes

Because everything looks like chaos up close. Daniel thinks it's a matter of scale. If you pull back far enough and wait for long enough, then order emerges.

Maybe their universe is just taking longer to form.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley, Daniel Bae
Page Number: 340
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Natasha Kingsley Character Timeline in The Sun is Also a Star

The timeline below shows where the character Natasha Kingsley appears in The Sun is Also a Star. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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Natasha's mom, Patricia, tells her that it's time to give up. Her dad, Samuel, just frowns... (full context)
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Natasha believes Patricia is right, but she grabs her headphones and her physics textbook anyway. Peter... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Natasha puts her personal items—phone, headphones, backpack—into a bin before she walks through the metal detector.... (full context)
Chapter 5
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The narrator says that Natasha is wrong about Irene: Irene needs and loves her job, as it's the only thing... (full context)
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...for Irene. She felt as though her loneliness wanted to swallow her whole. Irene recognizes Natasha when she sees her: she's been there every day for the last week. When Natasha... (full context)
Chapter 9
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When Natasha finally approaches the receptionist, she's late. The receptionist insists that Natasha will have to come... (full context)
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Natasha studies Mr. Barnes's desk as he looks through her folder. She grabs a business card... (full context)
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Natasha steels herself to not cry as she heads for the door. She turns around and... (full context)
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Natasha thinks that she's been angry since the beginning of time—at Samuel, at Rob for insisting... (full context)
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Natasha asks what she's supposed to do in Jamaica, where she knows no one, doesn't have... (full context)
Chapter 10
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To people who don't know all that, irie simply means that someone is "all right." Natasha wonders about some dictionary definitions that are marked obsolete, and thinks that the original definition... (full context)
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Natasha believes that words should act like units of measure and not be allowed to change.... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Natasha thinks people say that everything happens for a reason specifically when things are bad but... (full context)
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However, Natasha allows that several things happened that call her disbelief in fate into question: had Irene... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...break, she downloads the Nirvana album Nevermind and listens to it three times through. Like Natasha, she hears Kurt Cobain voice her own misery, but she lets his words take her... (full context)
Chapter 14
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As soon as she's out of the USCIS building, Natasha dials Jeremy Fitzgerald's number. The receptionist sounds like she's in a construction zone, and Natasha... (full context)
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Natasha has several hours before her appointment. She considers walking by her school to see it... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Samuel moved to New York City when Natasha was six years old. He was supposed to establish himself as an actor on Broadway... (full context)
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After two years, Natasha and Patricia flew to America. Natasha didn't know what it meant to be undocumented: she'd... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Natasha insists that human beings aren't reasonable creatures, as they're ruled by emotions instead of logic.... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...steps and watches as passersby across the street make their way around a black girl (Natasha) swaying on the sidewalk. She has big pink headphones on and looks entirely lost in... (full context)
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Natasha opens her eyes. She looks embarrassed and hurries on her way. Daniel wonders what she's... (full context)
Chapter 20
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As Natasha hurries into the record store, she hopes that nobody in there saw her "having a... (full context)
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Natasha wishes Bev were with her, as if she'd been here, Natasha wouldn't have entered the... (full context)
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Daniel suggests that they tell the staff, but Natasha explains that she can't: the thieves are her boyfriend and his girlfriend. At Daniel's incredulous... (full context)
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When Rob greets Natasha, Daniel immediately asks why he and Kelly were stealing. Rob puts his hands up as... (full context)
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Daniel smiles and says that catching Rob and Kelly was fun. He looks at Natasha, and Natasha feels as though she's smiled at him before. He introduces himself and offers... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...girl's hand and then offering her a home loan. He feels ashamed that he shook Natasha's hand and thinks that Charlie would've been unbelievably charming. He would have Natasha dreaming about... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Outside, Natasha spots Rob and Kelly and watches them. She knows that Rob is surely explaining to... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...for lovers to feel half of what they used to. The narrator says that when Natasha thinks about love, she thinks that nothing lasts forever. She believes that love has an... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Natasha stops at a crosswalk ahead of Daniel, and he assures the reader that he's not... (full context)
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Natasha notices her screen is cracked and remarks that the guy in the BMW almost killed... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Natasha thinks it's weird that Daniel looks ready to cry and thinks that new headphones could... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Daniel thinks that he's never noticed anyone the way he's noticing Natasha. Her hair looks like a halo, and her eyes are beautiful. He studies her face,... (full context)
Chapter 28
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Natasha grumpily asks Daniel if he was following her, and he suggests that maybe he was... (full context)
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When Daniel accuses Natasha of staring, she asks why he's wearing a suit. He explains that he has an... (full context)
Chapter 29
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Daniel leads Natasha to an independent coffee shop. He orders something complicated, and Natasha orders black coffee. Daniel... (full context)
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They sit down at a table, and Daniel asks Natasha if she needs to be somewhere when she pulls out her phone to check the... (full context)
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Natasha goes to the restroom, and Daniel pulls out his notebook. When she returns, she makes... (full context)
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Daniel asks Natasha what she'd do with a time machine, and she seems engaged for the first time.... (full context)
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Daniel insists they're ignoring the grandfather paradox, and Natasha begins to explain another issue with time travel. As Natasha chatters on, Daniel thinks she's... (full context)
Chapter 30
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Natasha admits to the reader that she didn't tell the truth about what she'd do with... (full context)
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Natasha admits to the reader that she's not sure she's capable of love. When she was... (full context)
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Natasha declares that she's fine not believing in fate or destiny, and Daniel laughs. He seems... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...choices. The narrator says that per this theory, there's a universe where Samuel doesn't ruin Natasha's life, one where he does but Natasha can fix it, and one where Natasha can't... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Natasha is both skeptical and intrigued when Daniel tells her about the study. Daniel asks what... (full context)
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Daniel asks if he can have the day to make Natasha fall in love with him. She says he can have an hour until her appointment,... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Daniel and Natasha argue over which questions to choose, and Daniel insists that they can't skip the staring... (full context)
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Natasha checks the time and curses that she needs to go. Daniel tries to follow her... (full context)
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After a few blocks, Daniel pulls out his phone, and Natasha mocks his belief in love. Daniel encourages her to think of it as an experiment,... (full context)
Chapter 35
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Natasha admits to the reader that Daniel was smart to use science against her, and she... (full context)
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Natasha says that she'd be a benevolent dictator. She recognizes she won't be able to please... (full context)
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Daniel tugs Natasha back from the curb, and she thinks it feels familiar. Daniel believes he'll die by... (full context)
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Natasha informs Daniel that Asian American men are most likely to die of cancer. He asks... (full context)
Chapter 36
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When Natasha asks Daniel again about his suit, he explains again that he has an interview with... (full context)
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When Daniel admits that he doesn't know what he wants, Natasha seems to shut down. Daniel asks her what she wants to be. She replies that... (full context)
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Natasha seems confused when Daniel insists that life is really long to do something that she's... (full context)
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Natasha asks if he's serious about being a poet. Daniel mockingly says he'd never consider such... (full context)
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...of doing so much and dreaming so big, there's no reason to settle. Daniel and Natasha look into each other's eyes, and Daniel sees something in hers. It seems like Natasha... (full context)
Chapter 37
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Natasha thinks she doesn't want to be having this moment with Daniel. She believes the "poetic... (full context)
Chapter 38
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...the release of oxytocin and vasopressin. Both are released after sex and help people bond. Natasha knows that love is just chemicals, so she wonders why Daniel feels different. (full context)
Chapter 39
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...to his interview, but it is fast approaching. He thinks about the moment he and Natasha shared and wishes they could talk about it. They finally reach a massive skyscraper. He... (full context)
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Daniel wonders if Natasha is a convenient excuse to derail the future his parents set out for him, but... (full context)
Chapter 40
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Natasha didn't expect Daniel to give up so easily and she didn't expect to feel disappointed.... (full context)
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Daniel looks sad, and they awkwardly decide to hug. Natasha lets her head rest on his shoulder and lets him truly hold her for a... (full context)
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...Attorney Fitzgerald was hit by a car and he won't be back until the afternoon. Natasha is crushed. The paralegal pushes forms at Natasha, and it takes Natasha a while to... (full context)
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The paralegal flips through the forms and tells Natasha she needs to add more—"Jeremy" needs material to humanize Natasha. Natasha writes about how hardworking... (full context)
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...rings. It's Attorney Fitzgerald. The paralegal shakes with relief as happy tears fill her eyes. Natasha can tell that the paralegal is madly in love with him. When she gets off... (full context)
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As Natasha leaves the office, she wonders at her newfound desire to hold onto hope. She remembers... (full context)
Chapter 43
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...she needed to reschedule it anyway. Now, he sits in the lobby and waits for Natasha. He reasons that Natasha is either an heiress or needs legal help. As Daniel watches... (full context)
Chapter 44
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Natasha feels hollow when she doesn't see Daniel in the lobby or outside. She doesn't want... (full context)
Chapter 45
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Daniel watches Natasha approach and is somewhat disappointed when she asks him straight out what happened to his... (full context)
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Natasha asks if Daniel is jeopardizing his future, and Daniel insists he doesn't care—his instinct says... (full context)
Chapter 46
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Natasha thinks that Harlem feels like an entirely different country than Manhattan. She doesn't know why... (full context)
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Daniel is absurdly nervous. He asks Natasha to wait outside, and Natasha reasons that everyone is embarrassed by their family. Natasha wonders... (full context)
Chapter 47
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...African American community has constantly debated the question of hair. The narrator says that when Natasha decided to wear an Afro, she didn't make that decision because she knew the history,... (full context)
Chapter 48
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...reads that he's just as much of an asshole as Charlie. He instantly regrets asking Natasha to wait outside. He wishes he could go back in time and not say it,... (full context)
Chapter 49
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Natasha thinks that she'll be fine waiting outside, and she totally understands. Deep down, however, she... (full context)
Chapter 50
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...or take things back. He wishes he could change what he said. He knows that Natasha will understand, but Daniel thinks he can't do it. He asks to try the moment... (full context)
Chapter 51
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Natasha watches Dae Hyun ring up a customer. He ignores her and Daniel, but silently and... (full context)
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Natasha pats her hair and tries to act mysterious, but only feels self-conscious about her hair.... (full context)
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Daniel angrily takes a step towards Charlie, but Natasha grabs his hand. Charlie gleefully notices and celebrates that this means their parents will no... (full context)
Chapter 52
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Daniel thinks he'd love to light Charlie on fire, but he tries to focus on Natasha's hand. Dae Hyun asks what he's doing in Korean, and Daniel makes sure to answer... (full context)
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Dae Hyun puts on his storeowner face and asks Natasha if she wants something. She tries to politely refuse. Dae Hyun leads them to the... (full context)
Chapter 53
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Natasha laughs hard at what happened in the store. She thinks that families are the worst... (full context)
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Daniel puts Natasha's hand on his chest. She studies her fingers so she doesn't have to look at... (full context)
Chapter 55
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Daniel feels as though it's a miracle that Natasha doesn't hate him. He invites her to get lunch at his favorite Korean restaurant. On... (full context)
Chapter 56
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Natasha tries to remain "stoic and unaffected." However, she finds that she does like that Daniel... (full context)
Chapter 57
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Natasha moves closer to Daniel again, and Daniel wonders if part of falling in love with... (full context)
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Daniel explains that he has a good relationship with Min Soo, as they're both artistic. Natasha doesn't want to answer the questions, but agrees to give thumbs up or thumbs down... (full context)
Chapter 58
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Natasha tells Daniel that it's hard to love someone when they don't love you back. She... (full context)
Chapter 60
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Daniel imitates Min Soo and tells Natasha that Korean food is the best food. Daniel wonders if he'll still be able to... (full context)
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...explain what it is, remembering a time a friend asked if it was dog, but Natasha doesn't ask. When the waitress hands Natasha chopsticks, Natasha asks for a fork. The waitress... (full context)
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...with seafood soup and two uncooked eggs. Daniel explains that it's called soon dubu, and Natasha mimics him when he cracks his egg into the soup. She takes a sip and... (full context)
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Natasha agrees that the way people think of Daniel sucks, and Daniel explains he's used to... (full context)
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Natasha giggles, and Daniel thinks he loves watching her eat. He suggests they eat their now... (full context)
Chapter 62
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There's less than two hours before Natasha's appointment and Daniel wants to do norebang, or Korean karaoke. Norebang is done in small... (full context)
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Daniel rings a bell and orders dessert. Natasha loves it, and she realizes that she loves making Daniel happy. He pores over the... (full context)
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Natasha asks Daniel if he's a good singer, and he very seriously tells her that he's... (full context)
Chapter 63
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Daniel wishes he'd thought about norebang earlier, since being alone in a dim room with Natasha is heaven. She flips through the songbook, too distracted to tell Daniel to not stare... (full context)
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When the song ends, Natasha looks shyly at Daniel and explains that she loves the song. When Daniel says that... (full context)
Chapter 64-67
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Natasha feels as though she cannot possibly stop kissing Daniel. She feels his kiss everywhere in... (full context)
Chapter 68
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Natasha slides her hands down Daniel's back to his buttocks, which she thinks is amazing. He... (full context)
Chapter 69
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Daniel feels Natasha hesitate and realizes he's a little freaked out by how intense their kiss is. He... (full context)
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Natasha apologizes for running hot and then cold, and Daniel makes a joke. He insists that... (full context)
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Natasha laughs and then becomes serious. She suggests that the poet was actually suggesting that people... (full context)
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...Min Soo made a mistake having him and Charlie, but he guesses that she's happy. Natasha shudders at the thought of living an entire life thinking you made a mistake. She... (full context)
Chapter 70-71
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Natasha kisses Daniel to make him stop talking. She thinks that if he keeps talking, she'll... (full context)
Chapter 72
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Natasha thinks that she and Daniel would still be kissing if their waitress hadn't returned. Natasha... (full context)
Chapter 73-74
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Daniel's headline reads that he's "incapable of leaving well enough alone." He and Natasha sit next to each other on the train, and he feels as though she's slipping... (full context)
Chapter 75
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Daniel meets Natasha's eyes in their reflection in the train window, and he tells her that they're meant... (full context)
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Natasha crosses her arms and says that there’s no such thing as meant to be. She... (full context)
Chapter 76
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Natasha thinks that normally, she'd be embarrassed to fight in public, but she doesn't notice anyone... (full context)
Chapter 77
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Daniel says quietly that he postponed his appointment for Natasha. She incredulously asks if that's her fault, and Daniel thinks that he's not sure what... (full context)
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Natasha closes her eyes. When she opens them, Daniel tells her to have a nice life... (full context)
Chapter 78
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Natasha tells Daniel that he should go. She asks him if he's thinking about her at... (full context)
Chapter 79
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Daniel's headline reads that he's convinced his life is "complete and utter shit." He watches Natasha walk away, wishing that he weren't falling in love with her. He thinks that his... (full context)
Chapter 80
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...Patricia believes that there's comfort in knowing that things are out of her hands, but Natasha and Dae Hyun believe in determinism: one action leads to another. Daniel lives somewhere in... (full context)
Chapter 81-82
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Natasha decides to go to the museum anyway and heads straight for her favorite part, the... (full context)
Chapter 83
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Natasha explains that she and Samuel used to be inseparably close. They were the dreamers, while... (full context)
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...that would allow him to pursue acting, but he seldom auditioned. One afternoon, Peter and Natasha arrived home from school to find him in the living room, reciting lines from A... (full context)
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After that, Natasha and Samuel didn't do things together anymore. He began spending all his time in the... (full context)
Chapter 84
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Samuel admits that he's somewhat afraid of Natasha now because of her unexplainable interest in chemistry and math. He's afraid that her world... (full context)
Chapter 85
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...paying attention, just like Charlie. As Daniel thinks about how Charlie ruined his chances with Natasha, he thinks of how much he hates him. He thinks that he's wanted to punch... (full context)
Chapter 86
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When Natasha arrives back at Attorney Fitzgerald's office, his paralegal's eyes are glittering and she looks like... (full context)
Chapter 87
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Samuel had to buy three tickets for Natasha, Peter, and Patricia to come to the play. He bought Chinese takeout, and they ate... (full context)
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...bathroom and slammed the door. Later, she refused to go to the show. Peter and Natasha sat in the front row, and Natasha wished that she could say her dad's performance... (full context)
Chapter 88
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...finds Charlie locked in the stockroom. Charlie sneers and makes a show of looking for Natasha. Daniel knows that Charlie is baiting him, but he doesn't back down. He tells Charlie... (full context)
Chapter 89
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Natasha wonders how many stories like hers Attorney Fitzgerald has heard. She picks up her story... (full context)
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When Samuel finally spoke, he didn't sound Jamaican at all and sent Natasha and Peter home. Afterwards, he drank with fellow actors. He drank too much, got behind... (full context)
Chapter 90
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...dramatic script to recount a conversation between Samuel and Patricia. They're in their bedroom, and Natasha is hiding outside the door, listening. Patricia sits on the bed, her face in her... (full context)
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...about Patricia's dreams instead of his own. He says that if it weren't for Patricia, Natasha, and Peter, he'd have everything he ever wanted. Samuel declares he regrets the day he... (full context)
Chapter 91
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Natasha doesn't tell Attorney Fitzgerald that Samuel believes she's his greatest regret, and instead tells him... (full context)
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Attorney Fitzgerald confirms that Peter is a US citizen, and Natasha continues her story. Her parents thought Peter could save them, so they hired a cheap... (full context)
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Attorney Fitzgerald asks why Natasha went to USCIS, and she admits she didn't know what else to do. To the... (full context)
Chapter 92
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...moves to the front of the store. Dae Hyun tells him that the relationship with Natasha will never work out, but Daniel insists it will. Dae Hyun tells Daniel to do... (full context)
Chapter 94
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Natasha isn't sure how to feel. She checks her phone and finds a text from Bev:... (full context)
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Natasha pulls out her phone again and dials Rob's phone number from memory. Surprisingly, he picks... (full context)
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...either hers or Kelly's feelings, and he didn't want to choose one or the other. Natasha finds this wholly unsatisfying, and thinks that Daniel would never think like that. She asks... (full context)
Chapter 95
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...sign telling her story and thinks about what his dad said about the relationship with Natasha not working out. Daniel reasons that his dad might be right, but he wants to... (full context)
Chapter 96
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As Natasha approaches the subway station on Fifty-Second Street, she watches a couple, both with bright blue... (full context)
Chapter 98
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Natasha turns around when she notices other people looking and sees a flash mob on the... (full context)
Chapter 100
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As Natasha walks towards Dae Hyun's store, she notices a hungry-looking young woman playing a violin. Her... (full context)
Chapter 101
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Daniel studies the directory in Natasha's building, but he can't figure out who she could possibly be seeing. He decides to... (full context)
Chapter 102
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When Natasha enters the store, she's surprised to find Charlie behind the counter. When she greets him,... (full context)
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Charlie smirks, plays with his phone, and asks seriously if Natasha has a fetish for Korean boys. She insists she just likes Daniel, even when Charlie... (full context)
Chapter 103
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Daniel almost drops his phone when it rings. He answers the strange number: it's Natasha. When she explains that Charlie gave her his number, Daniel begins to wonder if Charlie's... (full context)
Chapter 104
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Natasha finds Daniel sitting on a bench outside the office building. She feels strangely gleeful and... (full context)
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Natasha apologizes for not telling him about her impending deportation, and Daniel admits he was just... (full context)
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Daniel takes Natasha's hand, kisses her palm, and asks what her good news is. She explains that her... (full context)
Chapter 105
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Daniel gleefully tells Natasha that his interview appointment is in the same building. He's excited to see how her... (full context)
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When they get to the top floor, Daniel leads Natasha up a final flight of stairs to a door. It's locked and has a sign... (full context)
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Daniel shoots Natasha a look to leave the man alone, but she ignores him and tells the security... (full context)
Chapter 106
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Joe, the security guard, thinks that Natasha reminds him of his wife. This is why he lets Natasha and Daniel on the... (full context)
Chapter 107
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Daniel looks out at the city, and Natasha teases him about writing a poem. He remarks that the city looks different, and Natasha... (full context)
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Finally, Natasha pulls away and makes Daniel back up. She asks if all their kisses are going... (full context)
Chapter 108
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...the rooftop and watching the sun begin to set feels magical to Daniel. He and Natasha hold hands and look through their list of questions. The next one is who they'd... (full context)
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...he thinks that everyone on earth is connected by little bits of good in them. Natasha grudgingly agrees that everyone has done one good thing in their lifetime, and Daniel continues.... (full context)
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Daniel asks Natasha what she does believe in, and she says she's interested in why people think they... (full context)
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...questions, Daniel declares that dark matter is love—it's the attracting, connecting force in the universe. Natasha is disgusted, but they both laugh. The next question is for each of them to... (full context)
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Natasha insists they need to wait to stare into each other's eyes, so Daniel asks Natasha... (full context)
Chapter 111
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Natasha pulls out her phone and texts Patricia that she's coming home soon. Patricia is upset,... (full context)
Chapter 113
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Daniel notices that on Attorney Fitzgerald's desk is a file with Natasha's name on it. He explains that he knows Natasha as Fitzgerald rips the file away.... (full context)
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...they're both going to have to let their lovers go: he wasn't able to stop Natasha's deportation. Daniel barely understands. He becomes angrier and accuses Fitzgerald of not trying hard enough... (full context)
Chapter 114-115
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Jeremy Fitzgerald lied to Daniel: he couldn't stop Natasha's deportation because he spent the afternoon with Hannah Winter at a hotel. Fitzgerald will think... (full context)
Chapter 116-117
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Natasha thinks about the coming winter when Daniel emerges from the building. He has a grim... (full context)
Chapter 118
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Natasha and Daniel sit outside. Finally, Natasha lets Daniel comfort her, and she says she needs... (full context)
Chapter 119
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Natasha agrees to take Daniel to her apartment. As they walk, Daniel thinks of a headline... (full context)
Chapter 120
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On the train to Brooklyn, Natasha throws out facts about Jamaica. Daniel asks her for a good thing she remembers about... (full context)
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Daniel asks if Natasha's parents cared that Rob was white, and Natasha admits they never met him. She tells... (full context)
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Natasha thinks about being on the roof earlier and imagines what the city will look like... (full context)
Chapter 121
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...a "family Do-Over Card," which would allow someone to start over with a new family. Natasha lists all the reasons that would be a bad idea, and they wonder if they'd... (full context)
Chapter 122
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As she walks with Daniel, Natasha is ashamed of her rundown neighborhood. She comments that people are staring at them, and... (full context)
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Natasha pulls Daniel past a row of clapboard houses to a brick apartment building. Natasha warns... (full context)
Chapter 123
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Natasha introduces Daniel as a friend, and Patricia eyes him. Daniel looks around the living room... (full context)
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Daniel sees hurt, anger, and disbelief on Natasha's face as she turns to Samuel. Natasha tells her dad she spent her day trying... (full context)
Chapter 124
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Natasha explains that she always lets it go when Patricia asks, but the combination of Daniel... (full context)
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Natasha found that after hearing Samuel say he regrets her, all her memories of him were... (full context)
Chapter 125
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Peter and Natasha's parents go ahead to the airport, and Daniel and Natasha take a cab together. In... (full context)
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Natasha tells Daniel he shouldn't be a doctor and confesses that maybe she won't be a... (full context)
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For the final two questions, Natasha isn't sure what she'd save from a fire, but Daniel would save his notebook. Natasha... (full context)
Chapter 126
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Daniel sets a timer on his phone and holds Natasha's hands. Natasha thinks about what she knows about eyes, and Daniel tries to come up... (full context)
Chapter 127-128
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Patricia holds Natasha's hand as the plane takes off, comforting her. Natasha looks at the stars, thinking that... (full context)
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...parents and thinks that maybe he won't go to college. He looks up and imagines Natasha's plane, and he thinks that the city has too much light pollution to allow someone... (full context)
Chapter 129
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Natasha and Daniel try to stay in touch. However, their days soon fill up. Natasha enrolls... (full context)
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Five years later, Patricia gets sick and dies. Natasha considers calling Daniel, but thinks it's been too long. Peter thrives in Jamaica, and years... (full context)
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Natasha begins to wonder if she imagined what happened with Daniel, but thanks to him, she... (full context)
Epilogue
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Ten years later, Irene hasn't forgotten the girl (Natasha) who saved her life when she was a security guard. One of the case officers,... (full context)
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...it seems very important that this woman remember. Finally, the woman says her name is Natasha, and she remembers. The Asian man peers over the seat, his eyes full of love.... (full context)