The Sun is Also a Star… and a very good book!
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon follows Natasha, a practical girl, spending her last day in New York before her parents are deported for being illegal immigrants. On her way to meet a lawyer, Natasha runs into Daniel. Unlike Natasha, Daniel is a dreamer who begrudgingly accepts an interview with Yale to please his parents. Over the course of the day, Natasha hopes to stop her deportation and maybe fall in love.
Even though The Sun is Also a Star doesn’t necessarily have a sad ending, it still broke my heart into a million pieces. Seeing how every little action you take can majorly affect another person and forever change their life is extremely impactful. I really appreciate how the author not only gave readers the perspectives of Natasha and Daniel, but characters you wouldn’t think twice about if you came across them in person. By giving glimpses into so many character’s present and future lives, I think the author’s message came across clearly.
While I struggled to relate with some of the characters in this book, I think the author did a fantastic job of characterizing both Natasha and Daniel. The two main characters look at the world through extremely different lenses and their views are very apparent in all their words and actions. Natasha and Daniel really stand out to me among other characters in young adult fiction because they are very unique and well-rounded characters.
Usually in books, I’m not a fan of insta-love romances. Since Natasha only has one day left in the United States that definitely plays a role in this book. In this case, however, I really loved Natasha and Daniel’s relationship and thought it was much deeper than other romances that span the entire book. The ticking clock actually made their perfect chemistry that much more heartbreaking. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I also really loved how the author ended the book and dealt with their relationship.
With the craziness of college, it has been awhile since I’ve not only read a book, but a book that has made me so excited about reading. From the message, characters, and romance, The Sun is Also a Star stands out in young adult fiction. I give The Sun Also a Star five out of five stars.