This post is on my thoughts on The Sun is Also A Star by: Nicola Yoon. This post will also be different from my other reviews. The first part of this post will be spoiler free then I will go into some of my spoiler thoughts. Do not worry I will let you know when that happens so that you are not spoiled if you have not read The Sun is Also a Star yet. Now on to the review.
The Sun is Also a Star is about a girl named Natasha who thinks about everything in a very scientific way also Natasha and her family are being deported back to Jamaica that night. Then there is Daniel who is a dreamer that is trying to please his family, these two could not be any more different. These differences are the very thing that draws them together. Set in twelve hours Natasha and Daniel meet and Daniel is trying to make Natasha fall in love with him. This may be the main plot of this story but there is so much more to it. This book is told from multiple points of view, but it is done in a way that it is not confusing or annoying. Each perspective adds to the story in just the right way.
Just like her debut novel Everything, Everything this book makes you think twice about the way you act, well at least to me it did. This is not just a love story it touches on family, fate, destiny how one action can affect another person. The Sun is Also a Star was written so well and I loved how realistic it was (besides the kinda insta-love). On the subject of insta-love, I really love how that was done because there were points where I would forget that Natasha and Daniel had just met that morning. So even though they were falling in love ( Daniel mainly) kinda fast it wasn’t done in a way where it felt like it was unnatural. In fact, this is one of the major points in the book, how Natasha does not believe at all in love and Daniel is all about fate and meant to be’s.
** Note: the instal-love comment is not really a spoiler. You go into the book knowing that, that is the direction they are heading in. This is a love story.**
I gave The Sun is Also a Star a 4.5 stars out of 5. I felt that the book was very well written and I really enjoyed the story. I just wish we got a tiny bit more in the end. Just one more page! If you have not read The Sun is Also a Star yet this is where you get off the train. Until next time non-spoiler folks. If you have read The Sun is Also A Star read on!
Now lets talk a little more in detail. One of the things I loved about this book is the fact that Natasha and Daniel are so different from each other but that is what they like about each other. They know that they are so different but they really respect that they have different views and they try to learn from each other they are open-minded and try to see things through the other’s eyes. I also actually really enjoyed reading about the side characters. I feel that it added so much more to the story it also made me think about how I treat people who I do not know. Living in New York City everyone pretty much stays to themselves and you never know what I small hello or just a smile can do for someone. Also just being patient with people because you do not know what they are experiencing in their personal lives. Boy Nicola Yoon really makes you rethink about the way you act.
It was really interesting to see how all the characters were intertwined in some way. For example how the guy in the BMW almost ran over Natasha and then eventually ended up hitting the lawyer that Natasha was going to see as well as he was the guy that was interviewing Daniel. It is crazy how Yoon connected all the characters together.
Now I want to talk about the ending because OMG that ending. I really thought that Natasha was going to be able to stay. When I read that her plane took off I was so sad I almost cried. Then reading that Natasha and Daniel spent years apart and lost contact just made me feel so bad for them. I really wanted things to work out and I can’t believe that the lawyer messed things up by missing the appointment with the judge because he was in a hotel with his paralegal. I was so happy that the epilogue was from Irene’s point of view. I really wanted to know what happened to her because the last we heard from her was when she had decided to commit suicide that night. So I am glad that we got more from her in the end. I was especially happy that by chance Natasha and Daniel were and the same flight. We do not know what happened after they saw each other on the plane and I wish we got one more conversation between them on the plane. But I like to think that they reconnected and eventually got married and had babies. Let me know what you guys think happened after they saw each other on the plane? One last thought, I was upset that Natasha got deported and they spent 10 years apart. But thinking about it now I think it happened because it was better for them to spend those years apart. That the timing for them seeing each other had to be just right. You know one of the main points in this book, fate brought them back together right at the perfect time.
Until next time book nerds,