Review: The Sun Is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon

“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’m the sort of person who loves love, and romance, and people connecting with one another. ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ is just that; two people coming together by means of fate or cosmic coincidence, and connecting to grow their love over the span of a day.

This book was refreshing, and and contained all the elements I have been looking for in a contemporary novel as of late. The romance aspect of the book felt realistic, as Yoon was able to portray the giddy feeling of a first love very organically.

Yoon also incorporates the themes of regret, loss, family pressure and expectations, and the racism that interracial couples face, often from their own families. This is primarily achieved through providing the perspectives of background characters, or the ‘brief history’ on things that are pivotal to the story. This outside perspective helps the reader to better comprehend these themes as they are explored in the circumstances specific to the pivotal characters, and as one step removed from them to gain a broader societal context.

Natasha and Daniel are two characters whose personalities seem to be polar opposites; Natasha relies on logic and scientific fact, whereas Daniel navigates the world guided by his emotions. It is through spending time with one another that they are able to see beyond the boundaries of their own worldview, and begin to grow as characters. It’s what makes their personalities mesh so well.

Natasha and Daniel were both characters of whose personal struggles I came to care for, while simultaneously being invested in the fate of their whirlwind romance. Is their ‘fated romance’ at all realistic? No! But it’s wonderful and romantic nonetheless.

I absolutely adored this book, and if you’re a hopeless romantic like me, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it also.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

That’s all for now!