The Sun is Also a Star is an #ownvoices novel the author, Nicola Yoon, grew up in Jamaican and Brooklyn, and falls under the YA romance genre. This book is not a quick read, but if you’re up for it, check it out.
Natasha Kinsley is a Jamaican American teen about to be deported, and in her last-ditch effort, she sets up a meeting with a paralegal. On the way to her appointment, Natasha bumps into Daniel Bae, a Korean American teen on his way to his yale admission interview. Well, more like, Daniel saves Natasha from getting hit by a car. For Daniel, it’s love at first sight, but Natasha doesn’t believe in the notion of love. Natasha’s time is up, and her plane leaves that night.
Daniel doesn’t back down and sets out to prove to Natasha that he can get her to fall in love with him by the end of the day.
But the universe has other plans for them.
I didn’t expect Natasha and Daniel to receive a happy ever after because the odds are against them. They’re both teens about to embark into adulthood, and Natasha is about to move to another country. As much as I like to lie to myself that all these teens in YA live happily ever after, I know that realistically that’s not always true.
Natasha and Daniel, have vastly different personalities. Natasha believes in science and reason while Daniel is a romantic poet. They shouldn’t work so well together, but they do! Their story is a little like instant love and their conclusion realistic, however, the epilogue sparks hopes for romance readers.
And I clung to that epilogue. I wanted these two to work out so bad and, in my mind, they did so let me have this.
I hated the way Yoon changed POVs to people who just grazed by Natasha and Daniel. It bugged me that these side characters received a chapter to tell their story when in the end, they didn’t matter to Natasha or Daniel. However, towards the end of this novel, it dawned on me that this is the point of the story.
Yoon makes it a point to explain the universe is huge, and the stars must align just so to put you onto your path. If all these small side characters hadn’t interjected or been in Natasha or Daniel’s path, they would have never met.
This book made me realize that sometimes I’m too focused on living my own life when maybe I should slow down live in the moment, acknowledge the people walking beside me.
The romance takes center stage of this novel, but the book is much more than a teen romance read. The Sun is also Star tackles racism, immigration, and existentialism.
Overall, I give this book 4.5 stars. The Sun is Also a Star is a uniquely written teen romance novel that does more than tell a love story. Instead this novel ground it’s characters in reality and implores the readers to examine the place in the universe.
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