Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star is an adorable and fun contemporary YA romance that takes place over one day. It’s a quick read, and I loved every second of it. Natasha’s family is about to be deported back to Jamaica, and she’s determined to stop it. Daniel’s Korean family owns a black hair care store. They’re an unlikely pair, but a chance encounter sparks a passionate relationship.

This book is written in alternating chapters in Natasha’s and Daniel’s voices. I connected with them both right away. I loved that this story reverses the typical gender roles. Natasha is the scientist who doesn’t believe in love. Daniel is the romantic dreamer who falls helplessly in love. Interspersed throughout the book are tiny snippets of backstory on other characters, i.e. the security guard at immigration office or the secretary at a law firm. I normally hate backstory, but I found even these short chapters to be endearing. It really rounded out the overall story.

I delayed reading this book because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it as much as Everything, Everything, and I’m actually glad I did. The immigration topic seemed a lot more relevant after the recent election than it would have seemed before. This book is light and fun, but also pertinent to the present political climate. I highly recommend it.

Rating: 4 Stars

Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher at BEA 2016 in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.

The Sun Is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
Young Adult Fiction
Delacorte Press
November 1, 2016
ARC
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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?

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