Title: The Sun Is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: 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?
I received this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review.
This book is about Natasha, whose family is getting deported back to Jamaica and about Daniel, whose parents have a plan for his whole life but he’s too much of a dreamer to go along with it. They meet and, in the course of one day, change each other’s lives.
This book is mostly written from Natasha and Daniel’s POVs, but there are also chapters that deal with other characters, minor ones, and chapters that focus on something else entirely, like the meaning of the word ‘irie’, multiverses and history of hair in the African-American community.
This book is about growing up and falling in love, but more than anything else, I think this book is about the impact people can have on others, sometimes without even being aware of it. This is obvious in the way that Natasha changes Irene’s life, and the way attorney Fitzgerald changes Natasha’s future. For me, the most interesting subplot in the book is the one about attorney Fitzgerald himself and how the choice he makes impacts the lives of his wife and children.
The characters are more realistic than in the majority of young adult books I’ve read. If you’ve read Everything Everything, make sure to read The Sun is also a Star, because Nicola Yoon’s writing skills are much better in this book.