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?
I want to start my saying this: LOOK AT THIS COVER. It’s so beautiful. I could stare at it all day. I want a MASSIVE print of it on my bedroom wall (I might just make wallpaper out of it). The cover of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon was also amazingly beautiful. Nicola Yoon, who designs your covers and can they please come and decorate my entire house?!
I haven’t read a book in a while that made me laugh, worry, and want to weep all at the same time. This one definitely made me do that – not once, but so many times. It’s rare that characters are written so well and with so much depth that you really want them to succeed, and you’d hate anything bad to happen to them. The whole story is told over one day. It follows Natasha and Daniel as they meet, learn about each other’s tragic family histories, and accidentally fall in love. The only catch? Natasha’s family are undocumented immigrants from Jamaica, and they are due to be deported that night…
The characters were wonderfully written and I absolutely loved the way each minor character had their own section in the story. It made each and every person important, loved, and appreciated rather than just being there, in the background, with no real purpose.
“The Sun Is Also a Star is so beautifully written [and] exceptionally researched…”
I really liked the little snippets of historical aspects throughout, too – things about religions, cultures, and the birth places of the characters. It was so great to learn new things, and I really loved how much it added to the depth of the characters. One of the main themes explored was immigration and the way multi-cultural families adapt to living in America. The theme was developed so well, and I actually felt that I learnt a lot of new things – something which doesn’t happen often with a fictional novel!
Overall, The Sun Is Also a Star is so beautifully written, exceptionally researched, and you can tell some of the cultural aspects are true to the author’s actual heritage. I wasn’t sure how well this book would live up to the author’s previous bestselling novel Everything, Everything, but now I can’t pick a favourite! The Sun Is Also a Star seemed so real, and I loved every word.