Obtained: Penguin Random House Canada, ARC
Publish date: November 1, 2016
Last year, I fell head over heels with Nicola Yoon’s debut book, Everything Everything. So you can imagine how excited I was to hear that she had written another YA novel. I was hoping for something just as quirky, just as unique, and just as romantic as her first book. There was definitely a good love story, but I still think I preferred her debut.
The Sun is Also a Star tells the story from two main perspectives of Daniel and Natasha – Daniel, a Korean boy meant to be going to a Yale interview, but who would much rather be a poet, and Natasha, a Jamaican illegal immigrant who is fighting to not be deported. Natasha is obsessed with science and needing facts, and Daniel is a head-over-heels kind of hopeless romantic. The entire book takes place in one day as this couple meets, falls for one another, and has to deal with their differences, and the fact that their families would definitely not approve of this new “relationship”.
I’ll start with the things I loved about this book: I loved the writing. Yoon captured me in Everything Everything with her writing style, and the same goes for The Sun is Also a Star. It’s so mesmerizing, and it takes no time at all for me to fall face-first into the world of this story. I also loved the diversity and the topic of race that was a focus of the book. If this story was told about two white people, I would definitely not have continued with it.
Okay. Things that docked stars for me: the book took place in a day. I find it kind of sweet that these characters were able to find each other under the circumstances of the nvoel, but falling “in love” and calling each other boyfriend/girlfriend within one instance of meeting each other and having one date seemed a little ridiculous to me. I also am kind of bored of the whole “one person doesn’t believe in love and one person is a hopeless romantic and tries to convert the other one, and they end up changing each other for the better” cliche. Although I did appreciate that the girl was the scientist, in this case. I loved the romance, but the quickness of it all was a little too cheesy for me to believe in.
Overall, I’d recommend this book if you’re looking for something super light and fluffy to read, and feel the need to get sucked into a love story that will take you away from the stress of your own life.