If you only read one book this year, I would highly recommend this be the one. Well, after reading and loving Everything, Everything, I had to get my hands on Nicola Yoon's next book, and, I've got to say I wasn't expecting it to be nearly as good as her debut book, which did in fact blow me away. During the first few chapters of The Sun Is Also A Star, I was feeling a little disappointed, the story is told in multiple POV and goes backwards and forwards, and any which way, which to begin with had me thinking it could be too much. But, as I got deeper and deeper into the story, the past, the future, the here and now, the plot all began to fit together perfectly and I began to see the book for what it is. A complete and utter work of art, a beautiful story of what if's, what could be's, science and destiny. The universe has a plan for all of us. That I believed before reading this book, the book only reinforced my belief. A story following two 17 year olds, Natasha, an undocumented immigrant from Jamaica, and Daniel, a Korean boy born in America, both are different in every way imaginable, one a believer of science, the other a believer of destiny and true love. Can they both be right? They meet in what is possibly Natasha's final day in America, and it would appear that fate/destiny want them to be together. During the day we meet many people who are all involved in a catalyst of events that determine how the young couple's future will pan out. I cannot praise the author enough for her writing, her creativity and her passion. I laughed, I cried, I dreamt of a happy ever after. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley via the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
Book: The sun is also a Star Author: Nicola Yoon Rating: 4/5 Characters: • Natasha: A Jamaican born illegal immigrant living in New York with a passion for science. The book follows Natasha on her final day in America after her father revealed to the police that they were living in America illegally. Natasha wants to stay in America, it’s her whole life and she will try and do everything she can to stay there. Natasha is literal and doesn’t believe in love at first sight, or maybe love at all.
• Daniel: An American born Korean who is struggling with finding a balance between expectations and dreams. Daniels parents want him to go to Yale and become a Medical Doctor; Daniel wants to be a poet. Daniel is a romantic; he wants everything in his life to be like his poetry.
Overall: Like Everything, Everything, The Sun is also a Star gave me mixed feelings which is mainly due to the unbelievable nature of the stories that she produces. In Everything, Everything I found her portrayal of SCID to be limited and unrealistic, if my immunology course is anything to go by. Whilst in The Sun is also a Star I found the sheer amount of coincidences pulling them together t o make it highly unbelievable.
However, It wasn’t all bad, I just needed to get that off my chest. The story does highlight some important debates that are currently in the limelight, most importantly illegal immigration and refugee rights. I feel Yoon embodied the hope and anticipation of a better life that most refugees exude perfectly in Natasha. Natasha, a passionate budding scientist, illustrates the success of immigration, especially in terms of giving back to those that gave them an opportunity to have a better life. Daniel’s character also has an important story, one of finding your own path and pursuing your own dreams, something that has become very important to me in the last few years.
Whilst the overshadowing romance story was a little too cute or “fluffy” for me I enjoyed the characters immensely and thought that their stories are important. Nicola Yoon’s writing is great but I’m just waiting for a storyline that appeals to me.