Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Delacourte Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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.

27 thoughts on “Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

  1. My favorite part about the book (I reviewed it for RT Book Reviews) is the little asides or switches in perspective to a minor character. And the ending!! Loved how it all came together in the ending!

  2. Wonderful review. I love this one too as you know! It was unique in it’s added view points of minor characters and chapters on science and history. Nicola Yoon now has both her books on my favorites shelf. She is a must read now!

  3. I’m hoping to read Everything Everything next month as part of my diversity challenges, so I’ll see if she’s an author to my taste! You’ve definitely convinced me to wishlist this one!

  4. Yay, so super excited to see that you enjoyed this! It was definitely one of those books that are perfect for all ages and has such an incredible message behind it. You definitely should pick up Everything, Everything now…you’ll like that one, too!

  5. This book was absolutely wonderful and I am so glad that you enjoyed it so much! I have a pretty good feeling that you will enjoy her first novel as well, so hurry up and read it before that movie comes out! <3

  6. Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did and I totally agree with the importance of this book when it comes to immigration, race, discrimination etc. Great review!

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