The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Press on November 1, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384 Format: ARC Source: BEA
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?
I acquired this ARC from the publisher at Book Expo America. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.
The hype for Nicola Yoon’s first novel, Everything, Everything, was so intense and yet I still haven’t gotten around to it. When I heard The Sun is Also a Star would be at BEA though I knew it was time to see what this author was all about. And can I just say, WOW, WOW, WOW! Natasha and Daniel’s one day saga in the streets of New York City is one for the ages and I am so utterly impressed.
This story rests on both Natasha and Daniel’s shoulders and each of them brings so much to these pages. Natasha is a scientifically minded, illegal immigrant who is trying to do everything in her power to stay in the United States. On the other hand Daniel is trying to please everyone but himself, on a track that he has no passion for. Upon meeting, Natasha and Daniel form a strong bond despite their clashing personalities, and eventually force each other to face some hard truths.
Yoon focuses on the big concepts in such an honest, compelling way especially when it comes to the importance of immigrants and culture in America. Both Natasha and Daniel have differing experiences living in the United States and their heritage can at times seem a blessing or a curse. Fate also plays a centralized role in the story. This book really delves into how each little choice we make can impact the lives of people we’ve never even met. The connectivity of it all is truly masterful and even thought provoking.
Listen, this book left me a complete emotional wreck, like hardcore sobbing people. It tugs at your heartstrings and makes you seriously think. Kudos to Nicola Yoon for putting so much into this narrative. The writing was so well done! I do have to say I wasn’t a fan of how this book was set up though. The jumps to other side characters was a bit jarring and hard to get use to, but the short chapters did make reading a breeze in the end.
Overall I must say The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon was a brilliant, emotional story. It filled my heart with so much joy and pain and despite my many differences with both Natasha and Daniel, I felt a deep connection with them. Yoon wove such big topics like immigration and fate into an intricate web that flowed beautifully and I’d highly recommend this to anyone.
So are you excited for The Sun is Also a Star? Have you read any books that tackle immigration? Do you believe in fate? Let me know in the comments below!