After Nicola Yoon’s debut novel: Everything Everything took the young adult genre by storm and was loved so much by everyone that it’s becoming a movie, it wouldn’t be long until Yoon’s second book was to come out. That second book is The Sun is Also a Star and in my opinion, it is better than her debut.
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?
At first, the odd layout of the book confused me as there are many point of views that are used to tell this story. The main two POVs are Natasha and Daniel but then Yoon also uses the POVs of minor characters. These POVs only last for a couple of pages but they add a more in depth knowledge of the minor character and all of this knowledge is used to build up towards the ending.
You get used to the multiple points of views after the first couple of times and they are used to help – not hinder – the crazy storyline that is taking place.
The Sun is Also a Star takes place over the span of one single day. Natasha is being deported back to Jamaica that very night but she’s using her last day to fight with the immigration lawyers to see if she can stay. Whilst on her mission, she and Daniel meet each other and Fate – or coincidences, however you want to look at it – works her magic to make sure that these two amazing characters have the best day of their lives.
It’s such a whirlwind romance but it’s doesn’t seem unbelieveable. When I was reading it, the language that Yoon used and the way that she had already built the foundations of out two main characters, meant that it was possible to imagine them falling in love and that it was possible to be swept up in the romance with them.
“People spend their whole lives looking for love. Poems and songs and entire novels are written about it. But how can you trust something that can end as suddenly as it begins?”
― Nicola Yoon,
This was such an emotional book. I think it was so emotional because of how much I loved the characters and about how much I had connected with them. Natasha was this fiesty, realistic girl who loved science and didn’t believe in that Fate had bought her and Daniel together. She believed in consequences. And then we have Daniel who pretty much lives in the clouds and thinks that anything is possible as long as you believe in it enough. The characters’ contrasting personalities even out to create a beautiful story about two people finding their balance in the world and about how meeting that one person can change you forever.
Yes, I cried. I don’t care. I loved every single little thing about this and I definitely think that it’s better than Everything Everything. What makes this book so special is also because The Sun is Also a Star is based off Nicola Yoon’s personal experience with immigration and I think for an author to put their heart and their soul into a book is so courageous and inspirational. The plot is brilliant, the characters are brilliant and the ending is one of the best endings that I have ever read. I don’t think anyone can write this book better if they tried.