Published by: Delacorte Press on November 1, 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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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 received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: Everything, Everything
One Line: Completely unputdownable! Such a fantastic and amazing book.
In My Opinion: Must. Read. NOW!
Nicola Yoon surprised me with her first book, Everything, Everything. I really enjoyed that one. However, she knocked it out of the park with this book. Hands down, The Sun is Also a Star is one of my favorite reads of 2016, and possibly ever. I always preface reviews of YA contemporary books by saying how you should know that it’s not my favorite genre. I’m always wary of reading a book in this genre, because more often than not, I’m disappointed. Well, Yoon is the exception. She is such an amazing writer and she was able to instill some deep thoughts and really tugged at my heart while I read this book. Once I started this, I seriously could not stop reading and would totally put a pouty face on when I had to put it down, because you know, LIFE!
I went into this kind of blind, which is what I generally like to do with books nowadays, and I was pleasantly surprised to see two characters of color as the main characters. You have Natasha, a Jamaican girl, and Daniel, a Korean boy. Two teens who you wouldn’t think would meet and fall in love, in fact, do. Natasha is all about facts, reason, and practicality who has a lot of issues with her family, especially her father. Daniel is the dreamer and awkward sweetheart who is forced to follow the life his parents laid out for him. I loved the family dynamics that both Daniel and Natasha had as well their personalities themselves. Yoon made them so fascinating, yet totally relatable and believable.
Yoon captured my attention through every aspect of this book. She dives into family hardships and relationships of all kinds within families. She makes you believe in the power of love, fate, and destiny. She brought out quite a few emotions in me while reading this book and I love that she did that. Probably the best part of the book was how she tied in so many characters into Daniel and Natasha’s story. It’s amazing when you think about how many people you actually have interactions with and how even the shortest moments, moments that you wouldn’t think mean anything, turn out to be so meaningful to someone else. Things change so quickly and easily and all our choices have a ripple effect on those around us. Ugh, I love it!
Seriously, you all need to get your hands on this book. I’m totally forcing people around me to read it and praising it non-stop, because it is just that good. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book from Yoon, as I can already tell she might just became an auto-buy author for me at this point.
Think you can’t fall in love in less than a day? Think again and READ THIS BOOK!!!!