Today I am going to do a review of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon!
This was my first contemporary read in a while and I forgot how much I love them! It was a quick read that was overall cheerful and carefree with hints of deeper themes like racial labelling and social standards.(4 / 5)
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?
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon is an adorable, diverse read that I believe is perfect for a lighthearted summer day at the beach.
Natasha is a Jamaican immigrant who is being deported tonight and is willing to do anything to stop it from happening. The US is her home and she doesn’t want to leave. She wants to go to college and study all the facts that science has to offer. She doesn’t believe in love but Daniel , a Korean-American, wants to prove her wrong. Daniel is a poetry-loving, hopeless romantic who doesn’t have the same dreams that his parents have for him. The story follows their meeting and teenage love.
What I liked:
One of things that rated this book so high for me was the diversity and discussion of real topics, like racial discrimination and stereotypes, such as Daniel’s parents not supporting his dreams and telling him to be a doctor and marry a girl who is Korean. I loved this aspect of the book and think it is something that should be included more in books (because have you noticed that a lot of books, and particularly YA books, lack topics like this??).
The premise and time frame of the book was also very unique, as the entirety of the book takes place in like 12 hours of a single day. I found that this interesting and lead to very few slow points in the book as there was constantly something happening.
Another thing I loved was that Natasha loves science and is an utter science nerd (YAY SCIENCE NERDS- where you all at?), as well as Yoon’s fun facts in between chapters! Things mentioned in the book were explained before the next chapter began. As a science nerd myself these were super fun to read. Not only were there fun facts, but also excerpts about different characters pasts, I felt these help to gain a deeper understanding of the characters and allows readers to empathize and bond with these characters more.
This book has received a little bit of hate for its instalove and to be fair it is present. I am a bit of a romantic so these types of books do appeal to me. However, while a little bit of instalove is present I think important things were discussed and many things happens throughout the day that back up the instalove/love at first sight. Plus I thought the romance was super cute!
What I didn’t like:
One of things that led to me docking this book a star is the ending. I didn’t feel like it completely wrapped the story up. Without spoiling it for those who haven’t read it, I felt Yoon either needed to take out the last scene or add an extra scene finishing the story.
The other is that everything in this book is not entirely realistic. A lot of what happens is entirely left up to coincidence and it is not entirely possible that all things that had to happen to lead up to the conclusion would have happened. However, Yoon does address this in the book through Daniel’s belief in alternative universes where different decisions and different scenarios are played out and lived.
Overall this book addresses important topics and was very unique. The romance was cute and the lighthearted nature of this book is my definition of the perfect summer read.
Have you read this book? How did you feel about the instalove?