{Leah Reviews} The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Posted October 27, 2016 by Leah in Reviews / 8 Comments

{Leah Reviews} The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

by Nicola Yoon
Pages: 384
Published on November 1st 2016
by Delacorte Press
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Amazon Vine
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Also by this author: Everything, Everything, The Sun is Also a Star

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?

4.5 Stars

Have you ever read a book that made you feel like there was magic on the wind? That made you glow with joy? This is how I felt after reading The Sun Is Also a Star.

Nicola Yoon has this otherworldly ability to equate emotion with a few well-placed words. Her debut, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING captured the beginnings of friendship and first love in a believable way. Her characters felt so real, like I could have been living in the some neighborhood as them. So I was over the moon when I heard about her next book.

Natasha’s family is from Jamaica and are being deported. Daniel’s family wants him to go to medical school even though he wants to be a poet. Their paths cross one fateful day. Magic ensues. At first, Natasha is hesitant about Daniel’s instant attraction to her: there’s no real scientific proof that someone can fall in love at first sight, after all. As she gets to know him more though, it becomes a possibility she never would have imagined for herself. And Daniel realizes that there’s more to loving someone and realizing what has to happen.

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR grabbed me from the first sentence. I thought this was going to be a glimpse at love at first sight between two teenagers; I was a little scared because it sounded like instalove to me. But Nicola proved that I should have had faith, because it’s so much more than first love. It’s also about the connections we have as human beings, how one action can write someone’s story.

This isn’t just Natasha and Daniel’s book. This is also a look at Natasha’s parents, Daniel’s parents, and the seemingly random people who bring them together. I love this attention to detail. Secondary characters we never would have given another passing thought to are given life and motivation. This brought a richness to the book I never would have expected. Some of their motives are sad, some are bittersweet; all are necessary.

Nicola Yoon’s capable storytelling kept me turning pages. This is a fast paced yet well plotted love story. As I got to know Daniel and Natasha, it was easy to travel through the bustling New York streets with them. By the end, I actually found myself thinking of all the things that had to happen to get me to where I am in my life now.

Read Nicola Yoon’s books for the characters and the possibilities. I’ll be here, basking in the wonder of her words.

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About Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.


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8 responses to “{Leah Reviews} The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

    • Leah

      Nicola Yoon has definitely cemented herself as an auto-buy author for more after this one. I couldn’t help but feel like I was glowing after I read it. 🙂 Enjoy!

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