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?
Title: The Sun Is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Number of Pages: 348
Publishing Date: Nov. 1st, 2016
Note: I received an ARC of this book at YALLWEST 2016
from First In Line. This review is 100% honest.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of this book when I attended YALLWEST last April and I was able to meet Nicola Yoon (who, might I just say, is one of the nicest authors I’ve ever met) and she signed my copy of Everything, Everything (a book that I loved) as well as my ARC of The Sun Is Also a Star! I read this book in July and I absolutely loved it. I picked up this book and flew through the pages and, needless to say, I ended up finishing it within a day.
I really enjoyed Everything, Everything and the diversity that could be found within it. This book holds the same elements of diversity that Everything, Everything has, but it also takes those elements to a whole new level. This book really captured the raw essence and beauty of diversity, love, science, family, people, and so many more things that, when combined, truly made this book so unique and so strikingly remarkable. This book had funny moments and sweet moments and moments that were so tantalizingly real and relatable that I sometimes had to re-read entire paragraphs to truly take in the finesse of the words that I was reading.
The rest of this review is spoiler-free.
I absolutely loved the plot of this book. The synopsis alone had me really intrigued as to what the story of this novel pertained to, but this book was so much deeper than what I thought it was going to be. This book follows Natasha, a girl that is about to be deported to her home country of Jamaica, and Daniel, a boy who has many dreams, but feels that he must conform to the high standards and expectations of his parents. Natasha doesn’t believe in fate; she believes in science and facts. Daniel, on the other hand, is a dreamer and poet that believes in destiny. They meet on a fateful day in New York City, and the story that unfolds throughout this day is truly remarkable and powerful.
At first glance, one might think that this is another typical YA contemporary about two teenagers falling in love quickly and living happily ever after. But this book is so much more than that. There are so many other components to this book that took me by surprise and were so refreshing to see within a YA novel. This book isn’t merely focused on Natasha and Daniel. Nicola Yoon also focuses the plot on people that the two main characters interact with, as well as the history and backgrounds of certain characters, science and physics, and much more.
“I didn’t know you this morning, and now I don’t remember not knowing you.”
The amount of cultural diversity that was included in this novel truly blew me away. Not only was this a highly enjoyable read, but it was also really educational and eye-opening for numerous reasons.
“There’s a Japanese phrase that I like: koi no yokan. It doesn’t mean love at first sight. It’s closer to love at second sight. It’s the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with them. Maybe you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.”
The ending of this book was absolutely beautiful. It brought this book to a close perfectly and, as I mentioned before, it succeeds in showing how people’s lives and love and fate are so intricately connected and intertwined. Sometimes the endings of YA contemporaries can fall short, but the ending of this book was extremely satisfying, heartwarming, and gave me a sense of hope, love, and optimism.
The characters found within this novel were each so unique and intricately put together. Natasha and Daniel were both really lovely main characters. I feel like they balanced each other out so perfectly, which is ironic considering they’re basically polar opposites. The dynamic between them is very interesting and refreshing. The different characters that we get to read about are very well-rounded. I really appreciated how we got to see how truly intertwined people’s lives are through this story. This novel shows how one meeting or conversation with another person can easily and completely change the path of their lives, which might seem scary, but it is also a truly fascinating component that the author utilized brilliantly.
Nicola Yoon’s writing style is so powerful. This novel was packed full of so much information and the intelligence that was displayed through Yoon’s words is astonishing. The format that this book was written in was incredibly unique and something I’ve never read before. By incorporating so many interesting points of views, the author easily enables readers to have a reading experience that is enriched with detail, backstory, cultural knowledge, and philosophical and scientific information that is both fascinating and enlightening.
“They have a sense that love changes all things all the time.
That’s what love is for.”
Overall, this was a very powerful and stunning novel. The romance in this book is really well written, the characters are so detailed that I felt like I personally knew them after I finished reading, the plot captivated me from the first few pages, the writing style was brilliant, the cultural diversity that was beautifully included within the entire story was very invigorating, and the overall themes of the book, such as fate and love, were clearly evident and remarkable.
So, have you read The Sun Is Also a Star? What did you think of it? Comment below!