I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
on November 1, 2015
Also by this author: Everything, Everything
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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?
Nicola Yoon’s debut, Everything, Everything, was one of my favorite books of 2015. I was very excited about The Sun is Also a Star as soon as I heard about it. It’s been near the top of my most anticipated list all year. I knew as soon as I read the first chapter that I was going to adore it.
The Sun is Also a Star takes place in one day. I know there’s tons of readers that love those kinds of stories, myself included. I was swept up in the story right away. I adored Daniel from the start. He’s a hopeless romantic. A sensitive poet and good looking too. Are you swooning just thinking about it? Daniel was so lovable throughout the book. I admired his passion and his persistence. I’m pretty sure I fell in love with him right alongside Natasha.
Natasha took a little longer to warm up to. I really enjoyed the chapters from her POV, but she came off as a little harsh with Daniel at first. She had good reasons, but it still made it just a bit harder to connect with her. I ended up really loving her in the end. Watching her let go, have fun, and accept her situation was a beautiful journey.
I have to mention the setting. I always love books set in NYC and this is one of the best! Nicola Yoon wrote the city so vividly. It felt like I was there on the sidewalk or subway with Daniel and Natasha. Another interesting element of the story were the chapters from random secondary character’s POV. They added another layer of emotion to the overall story. A few of them left me with a feeling of melancholy or a different perspective on certain situations. I really loved how they were woven throughout the book.
The Sun is Also a Star was a fast read. I lost track of time while reading it every night. It’s a fantastic follow up to such an incredible debut. Nicola Yoon is certainly going on the auto buy list now!