THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
(This is Contemporary Corner’s book of the month, if you would like to learn more about our book club, click here.)
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?
Yoon’s debut novel Everything, Everything took the book community by storm last year when it came out. It had gotten mostly high praises but unforgettably, I was in the latter that didn’t love it as much as the others, and I ended up giving it only two stars.
Needless to say, I was pretty wary about reading this for Contemporary Corner because I was worried that I wouldn’t like it just like her previous work. I think it’s pretty save to say that I was SO wrong.
I loved this book SO much but I find it hard to write a long review for books that I love for some reason so I’m simply going to share my feels through lists.
Yoon really has a talent of making her characters so vibrant and fleshed out that they practically jump off the pages. It’s such a diverse cast of characters that it just wasn’t your plain Jane- cyst gendered white individuals.
To my surprise- I really enjoyed Nicola’s writing style. It flowed so well and even if it technically a “slow” part of the story, I still had to force myself to stop reading because I didn’t want the experience to stop.
This novel was told in alternating pov’s between Daniel and Natasha which switched every other chapter. Occasionally, there was a extra little chapter written in a pov from someone that you wouldn’t even expect to be important to the story.
For example, one of the chapters was in the point of view of a security guard that Natasha comes in contact with for just a mere two pages. You wouldn’t think that the stranger’s point of view had any way of propelling the story forward, but chapters like those were probably my favorite of the book and it just made it so much more unique than it already was before this format was introduced.
A huge theme of this book is Immigration. Natasha was born in Jamaica but is at risk, along with her family of getting deported back after her father’s DUI. Yoon does an amazing job at really humanizing immigration so you can actually understand what they are going through, which I think is really important.
Daniel and Natasha fall in love in under 24 hours. While this is technically insta-love, it doesn’t exactly feel like it. They get so much accomplished in terms of getting to know each other in that short of a time that it feels like they have known each other for a span of years.
Nicola has also made the characters so opposite from each other but so much alike at the same time so that they fit together like pieces of a puzzle.
This was such an incredible story that I won’t be forgetting for a very long time.
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