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The Sun is Also a Star, YA Novel Review

Author Nicola Yoon

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The Sun is Also a Star is a truly lovely story of love, romance, fate, and destiny. All while one party believes in none of the above.

Natasha is a Jamaican born immigrant living illegally in America, not by choice exactly, her parents brought her over and gave her the situation she strives to be out of.

Daniel is an American born of Korean immigrants. He believes in true love, fate, and all that other malarkey that Natasha dismisses through scientific reasoning.

Through complete happenstance Daniel and Natasha meet on the streets of New York on the day that she is to be deported. She doesn’t tell him that but does allow him to keep her company while he tries to get her to fall in love with him over the course of the day.

Natasha is me. I found her so ultimately relatable. She’s scientifically minded, practical, somewhat cynical, and always skeptical. Her infatuation with the universe through a scientific lens is infectious and I adore that Daniel sees that too.

Daniel is adorable. He is charming and passionate and has a way with words that even cracks Natasha’s tough outer shell. By the end of the book I fell in love with both of them.

I used to find romance stories to always be cheesy or laughable. I think now I can see the value in escaping into a story of pure optimism. I got lost in this book and finished it cover to cover in a weekend. I couldn’t wait to get to what I hoped would be a happy ending.

It’s nice every once in a while to give in to magic. It doesn’t have to be a hard fantasy novel with actual spells, it can be the magic found between two people who just have that special something. That chemistry that causes them to react and spark when they’re near each other.

Yoon has done a beautiful job giving us two unique characters with their own distinctive and real personalities and making it reasonable that they would give each other the time of day.

I loved that I never once questioned why these two young people should be together, it made sense. The world wouldn’t make sense with them not together! Alas, the book also teaches us that regardless of what should be, life goes on.

In addition to Natasha and Daniel’s story we are treated to a few side stories that show us you never really know what someone else is going through. That person who was rude to you on the street? There’s a story behind that and we get a glimpse into them throughout the book.

The Sun is Also a Star is a beautiful tapestry that redefines what it means to find the one.

I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, you’ll see yourself in one of the characters, I guarantee.

5/5 suns ☀☀☀☀☀

For more Nicola Yoon check out the review for Everything, Everything.

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