Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also A Star
by Nicola Yoon
Read: October 13 - 15, 2016
Published: November 1, 2016 by Delacorte Press
Source: ARC from publisher
Category: YA, Contemporary, Romance
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Book Description: 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?


Natasha is hours away from being deported to Jamaica with her family when she meets Daniel. There's no way they're meant to fall in love, and Natasha doesn't believe in destiny anyway. She's a science girl. And the fact is that, come tomorrow, they won't be living in the same country, let alone city. 

Despite his Korean parents' high expectations, Daniel is an idealist and a dreamer. He believes fate has introduced him to Natasha on purpose, at just this moment in time. Especially when he considers that if one single thing had changed, he wouldn't have been walking down the street and been captivated by a girl wearing pink headphones. Or talking to her in a record store. Or saving her from a reckless driver. Or. Or. Or. 

Are twelve hours enough to change the course of either of these two people's lives? Of course, the answer to that question is a resounding yes...and no. 

The Sun is Also A Star manages to tell an epic story in only twelve hours time. I always struggle with books that take place over one day, but Nicola Yoon did a great job at both orienting me into Natasha and Daniel's separate lives and also making me believe in their connection. One thing I loved about this book is seeing glimpses of other characters' lives, as a way to show how interconnected we all are. Someone may make a brief appearance - and impact - on my story and then be gone from it, but they're life continues before and after our point of intersection. 

This book is funny and swoony and heartbreaking and profound all at once. I loved watching Natasha and Daniel meet each other and then fall for each other, despite their very different backgrounds and life directions. I ached for everything to work out between them. I loved seeing each of them be changed by the other, and the way this story shows both the science of love, and the ways that love is undefinable too. Can someone meet and fall in love all at once or even in a matter of hours? Are we ruled by fate or random chance? I hope this story makes you think a little bit about those questions. 

The ending of this story is perfectly fitting for this book. Achy and happy and hopeful all at once.  As with Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon has written a tale that is captivating, both in the method of telling and also the story itself. I cannot wait to find out what she writes next. 

Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger Scale: Standalone 

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