The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Summary: 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?
My Rating:★★★★☆ ½
My Thoughts: A beautifully crafted contemporary that explores life, love and everything in between!
This book was wonderful!
Similar to Everything, Everything Nicola’s writing style immediately captured me! Its poetic and thought-provoking.
This novel discusses fate/destiny, love at first sight and weaved these topics perfectly into the overall plot, which discusses more serious topics like immigration, etc.
I was not expecting multiple POV’s. It definitely surprised me, but they were all done extremely well and each one was distinct and memorable!
Natasha and Daniel, though complete opposites, connect over the course of a day!
The development of their relationship felt very natural and it was clear they were changing one another with each and every interaction.
Natasha relies on nothing but science and facts, with her goals, etc. planned out. With that mind set, she believes nothing can go wrong. However things begin to change when she has only a number of hours left until her deportation to Jamaica, she does her best to prevent it from happening.
Daniel is a poet at heart, but his family wants him to become a doctor. Throughout the novel, he tries to find the courage to pursue what he wants in life while, unknown to him, all his parents (especially his father) want is for him to be successful and ensure he is taken care of financially.
And while they have opposing ideals and mindsets, they definitely complimented each other and brought out parts of each other they didn’t expect to show through and help each other better understand themselves and their families.
Natasha has a difficult relationship with her father and Daniel not only struggles in his relationship with his father, but also his brother.
While this book does handle serious topics, Nicola’s writing-style balances the seriousness while still adding bits of humor and overall having the story flow perfectly.
My only minor issue was the ending felt a little rushed towards the end and some moments of slow pacing due to the multiple POVs.
Regardless, this a beautiful YA Contemporary that is filled with diversity, delightful writing, engaging and complex characters that feel so real and overall is a unique and unforgettable story!
Highly Recommend! ❤