Title: The Sun is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publication Date: November 2016
Genre: Realistic fiction/romance
Recommended for: Ages 13 and up
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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 Sun is Also a Star is a well-written multiperspective book! As a reader, I got to read in the POV of Natasha and Daniel, along with side characters and even omniscient perspectives, like hair, Jamaican words, and the universe. Nicola Yoon does this in a creative way that doesn’t create any confusion between characters. I also loved how she crafted the contrasting mindsets of Natasha and Daniel: Natasha as science-y and rational and Daniel as poetic and fateful. I really got to understand their mindsets through their POV chapters. Not only was this book well-written, but it had a great message behind it: love and happiness can arise from hardship. I love how Yoon broke the racial barrier of relationships by basing the romance of Daniel and Natasha off of her and her husband: a Korean and African American relationship. I also watched the movie recently, and the movie follows along very closely with the book! It was beautiful to see all the touching moments in the book come to life. I definitely recommend this book if you want a breath of fresh air. Place a hold through WCCLS! Or on the movie too.