Title: The Sun is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
“I didn’t know you this morning, and now I don’t remember not knowing you.”
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
This book is the definition of sweet, I’m not sure how you can not be charmed by the characters.
The Sun is Also a Staris Nicola Yoon’s second novel. I really enjoyed her debut contemporary novel Everything Everything. I enjoy this one a little more probably then her debut novel but neither one is particular realistic, even though the issues might be. I still enjoyed both all the same though. I read the book in a couple of sittings, it could easily be reading in one though. The book isn’t exactly fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat but it’s not that long and it moves fairly effortlessly.
The book is a dual perspective (for the most part) of a young girl, Nastasha, and a young man, Daniel. Natasha is supposed to be deported back to Jamaica and she is trying to find someway in which her and her family can somehow stay in America. Nastasha meets Daniel along the way and insta-love ensues. Yes, the dreaded insta-love. Normally I would criticize and author for writing this type of trope, not many readers are too excited when they know this trope is included in the book – it can completely turn them off. However, I have no idea how the author pulled it off but she wrote such endearing characters, that you almost believed how deep their relationship ran in that short of time.
The Sun is Also a Startakes on issues such as racism, deportation and, of course, the roller-coaster ride of young love. I think it does a fairly decent job and I was particularly interested in the fact that the main characters were of Jamaican and South Korean backgrounds. I thought it was particularly well-written when it came to the fact that their families weren’t accepting of their child dating someone from a different race. I certainly felt for Daniel and Nastasha and wanted to scream at the parents from time to time.
We also get a few random perspectives here and there, that all flow together to make Natasha and Daniel’s story go full circle. This was a bit of an adjustment to get used to but once I did, I loved it and thought it added so much more depth to the story. The perspective of the woman who works for the airline had me in tears more than once. Beautifully written and makes you want to be just a little better to the people around you because you never know how you can affect someone’s life. It might have been my favorite part of the story. I won’t talk about the lawyer because I might have to use many curse words, so I’ll spare you.
This isn’t meant to change your world but it’s a great contemporary novel that falls somewhere between fluffy and realistic contemporary. If that is your thing then I’d suggest checking this gem out.