4 out of 5 stars
“Maybe part of falling in love with someone else is also falling in love with yourself.”
I picked up this book at my local library after watching the trailer for its upcoming movie, seeing the trailer piqued my interest in the movie and there was no way that I was going to see the movie without reading the book first. I can’t believe that I didn’t give this a try sooner, you see I avoided it because I saw the movie Everything, Everything and wasn’t a fan so I didn’t even try the book. The movie turned me away from anything written by the same author though and now i know better than to trust a movie based on a book to form my opinion on anything.
Have you ever wondered about fate and people being meant to be? I know that sometimes I like to think that things happen for a reason and that people are destined to meet certain people in their lives. The Sun is Also a Star addresses just that question and the whole time as you read you’ll be rooting for Daniel to win the girl or are we rooting for the universe and the plan it has for each of them? It’s a story that address love and loss all in the span of just a few hours.
I read young adult fiction for an escape and quite frankly to read about magical love stories that are rainbows and butterflies. You see once you get to be my age and have had your heart broken at least once you want to pretend a perfect love is possible. I find the best place to find a love that resembles your first love is through YA fiction in the eyes of two teenagers falling in love for the first time. This book does not disappoint in these features and gives you a wonderful love story throughout the novel.
The Sun is Also a Star is much more than just the story of Natasha and Daniel falling in love though. Natasha is a immigrant from Jamaica who is trying to prevent her family from being deported due to a DUI that her father received. Daniel is a Korean American whose family has high hopes and expectations of after his brother has disappointed them.
This book tackles many complicated issues without having too many different plots or deriving from the main story of Natasha and Daniel falling in love. It addresses love amidst all the complications that arise for these two 17 year olds but right when you think they may move past all these complications the story takes a turn. This turn is what caused me to give this book anything less than 5 out of 5 stars.
I really enjoyed the character development that occurs not just through the interactions of Natasha and Daniel but their interactions with others. I found it so interesting to see them grow into two different people throughout the course of just one day. Their relationships with others change as they begin to discover who they are without the pressure of others. I highly recommend this book if you all like to read YA fiction or are looking for a semi realistic love story that you can escape to.
About the Book:
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?
About Nicola Yoon:
Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.
For those of you who have read the book what did you think?
If you would like to read it you can purchase a copy at
https://www.amazon.com/Sun-Also-Star-Yoon-Nicola/dp/0553496689 or check if your local library carries the book.