The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Publication Date: November 2016
My Rating: ✹✹✹✹✹
“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?”
“We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.”
After reading Everything, Everything I was shocked to find out that it was Nicola Yoon’s debut novel. It was incredible. So I eagerly searched online to find if she had any more novels published since then. She had not. I had a long wait. I’d like to say I waited patiently for the release of The Sun Is Also A Star, but I most definitely fan girled when it came to the release date and I finally got my hands on a copy.
The Sun Is Also a Star has a switching narrative between two main characters; Natasha and Daniel, which made the story flow easily. Natasha and Daniel are funny, flawed, fully-developed characters. Their love story is anything but simple, and you will be hooked from the very start. Nicola intersperses their story with beautifully wrought and deeply considered musings on other characters, family, physics, history and betrayal. Whilst dealing with such a plethora of heavy subjects such as: loneliness, heartbreaks, first loves, race, loyalty and suicide.
Overall, this was an incredibly romantic and adorable YA contemporary novel, with a perfect balance of heart-wrenching moments. It was hopeful yet grounded in reality. I’m two for two with Nicola Yoon books that I’ve read and loved, so it’s safe to say I am patiently waiting on the release of her next novel! A very well deserved 5 stars, and a novel I would most definitely recommend.
About The Author:
Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Everything, Everything (soon to be a major motion picture) and The Sun Is Also A Star (National Book Award Finalist).