Published by Random House Children's Books on November 1st 2016
Genres: Social Themes, Romance
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?
How do I even begin with this book?
I’ve read Everything Everything. Will I like this one?
Probably, yes. It’s written in more or less the same style, with the plus of having the guy’s POV too. Because this isn’t a story of just one person, but more of how a lot of people, specially Daniel and Natasha connect with each other. This is why I think that the cover, besides gorgeous, is also incredibly fitting.
I’ve never read anything by Nicola Yoon before. Will I like this one?
I don’t know… Is the sky blue?
Just kidding. It actually isn’t for anyone, and even some people who have read Everything Everything weren’t that into The Sun is Also a Star.
This is what I can say about it:
You should read The Sun is Also a Star if:
- You would like to see a Jamaican MC
- You would like to see a Korean-American MC
- You would like to get a glimpse at the experience of immigration
- You want to have hope and then not, and then yes again
- You want a story is about mainly two people but is also about other people
- You liked EE
- You like beautiful covers? I think this is a valid reason
Procceed with caution if
- Instalove supremely annoys you and you can’t stand it under any circumstances
- You don’t like short chapters
- You didn’t like EE
- You’re Jamaican or Korean-American: I don’t know how well they’re represented here since I can’t judge that.
- You don’t like beautiful covers? Are you even human?
What I liked the most about it was that the instalove served a purpose, and was very intentional. A contrast to all the other things. It’s so amazing to see such an idealistic and beautiful (and stupid) idea as falling in love in a day being in the same space as things like being deported, discrimination, resentment, and deceit. In the end, while it most likely won’t work out, something good can come out of it that makes even the bad things worth it. This is going to sound weird but I loved this book even more because of the fact not everyone has a happy ending, and even for the ones that do, it’s not perfect. Because life just doesn’t work like that, isn’t it? Someone always pays.
And now, have a pic of my sis and Nicola Yoon that I took!
So, have you read The Sun is Also a Star yet? What did you think about it? Or if not, what is stopping you from reading it?