Review: THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon


Nicola Yoon

Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Pages: 348
Release date: November 1st 2016

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?

Love always changes everything.

Book So Cute It Will Make Your Teeth Rot.

The Sun Is Also a Star is probably the fluffiest book you’ll ever read. Nicola Yoon weaves a beautiful tale of teenage love and the hardships immigrants have to face every day, all sprinkled with charming and well-developed characters as well as great and impacting dialogue.

Make no mistake: this novel is filled to the brim with coincidences and instalove, but it is a testament to Yoon’s incredible writing that she makes them all work. The short-chapter format used to tell the story, coupled with the witty dialogue, make the plot flow nicely, and they serve to hook the reader right from the get-go.

This boy-meets-girl book is told from multiple POVs — all of which come together like pieces of a gigantic puzzle — that tell the story of Natasha and Daniel and their many chance meetings. Or I guess one could call it fate, if they’re so inclined. The entire book takes place in about twelve hours, and the fast pace of the story makes this a book someone could very easily read in one sitting.

As I said before, all characters are very well-developed. Yoon’s writing and the various POVs give the reader a chance to get a feel for every character and their voice, and also find out about their lives. Even so, the focus is on Daniel and Natasha, our main characters, who I found to be absolutely wonderful! They’re very different people, but they’re both charming in their own ways, and it was a delight reading about their views of the world and what moved them.

The instalove is a little too much at times, but that is the premise of the novel. The clichés and sappy scenarios all seem to work, and make this for an adorable read. It is a bit unbelievable at times, but that doesn’t take away from the story or make it any less entertaining. And that ending? It brought a few tears to my eyes. The last chapter and the epilogue are bittersweet in the best of ways, and it gives the story the perfect conclusion.

The Sun Is Also a Star might be too sweet for some people, but it was just the right amount of adorable to me. It is a wonderful and diverse book that I definitely recommend to young and adult readers alike.



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