My first Nicola Yoon book was EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING and for the most part, I loved it. Like, I loved everything right up until the end and then it felt super blah. But it didn’t change the fact that I loved Yoon’s writing, I loved her unique storytelling voice, and I rather enjoyed everything else. So when I saw she had another book, it’s been on my to-read list for a while. I finally got around to it.
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR was written in that same unique voice and POV we’ve grown to love. The topic of this book is so current, the beautiful way it unfolds is perfect, and the story on a whole 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 Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
Ninety-nine percent of this book takes place in one day. It unfolds on the streets of New York and in the lives of two teenagers. Natasha is an illegal immigrant from Jamaica. Daniel is a first-generation American whose parents immigrated from Korea. They meet when the whole world seems to bend one day and land them together. Only Natasha has a secret and a problem. She’s being deported that night. She tells Daniel not to fall in love with her. But It doesn’t work.
This is a beautiful story of first loves and figuring out who you are. I loved this book so much. It will blow your universe apart.