Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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?
Before I begin my review, I must thank my fabulous blogger friend Kelly from Here’s to Happy Endings for sharing her ARC of The Sun Is Also a Star with me. I feel very fortunate to have been able to read this novel thanks to her generosity. 🙂
I am one of the few people who did not read Nicola Yoon’s début novel, Everything Everything. I’m ashamed to admit that because it got such rave reviews. It just wasn’t on my sexy romance reading radar at the time of its release. I’m really regretting that after having read The Sun Is Also a Star.
The Sun Is Also a Star is a brilliantly written book. No matter what I write, it won’t be enough to explain how important a book like it is in this day and age. The Sun Is Also a Star encompasses emotions so many people are feeling right now: anger, frustration, loss, fear, hope and love. Those emotions were worked into a plot that could easily be my story, your story, your friend or neighbor’s story. I can’t exactly say I could identify with it, but I could empathize with it — which is exactly what is needed in this day and age.
I was equally impressed with the set up of Natasha and Daniel’s relationship as I was with the message of this book. I loved the bouncing back and forth between their point of views, as well as the supporting character view points and facts included throughout the story. The little extras made their relationship feel even more special. I loved every minute of Natasha and Daniel’s time together and their ending left me feeling such a satisfying hope.
The Sun Is a Star is a book teens (and adults) should be reading this year. It’s a cute teenage love story that encompasses the issues of immigration, discrimination, race, family and truth.