The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon

This book is the story of Nicola and David Yoon in an alternate universe. Natasha and Daniel — are they destined to be together, or is one day all they have? And is that one day enough?

Synopsis

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?

Review

This book is the story of Nicola and David Yoon in an alternate universe. Natasha and Daniel — are they destined to be together, or is one day all they have? And is that one day enough?

Nicola is undoubtedly a talented writer. I loved the constant switching of styles. The voice was omnipresent and familiar at the same time. I loved the informative bits — can they count as nonfiction? I loved the quick peeks into the future. I loved seeing situations from multiple perspectives.

However, I struggled a bit with the story itself. It took place in a day, but felt slow-paced somehow. Love at first sight was the whole point, but I still wound up a cynic. I wasn’t persuaded by their insta-love.

The story touches upon race, coincidences, and how the smallest showing of gratitude can mean the most to someone. Daniel is a dreaming romantic, and Natasha is firmly grounded in reality. As a mix of the two, the ending is picture-perfect, and exactly what you would want for the pair.

Related Reading

  • The History of Love – Nicole Krauss
  • Bright Before Sunrise – Tiffany Schmidt
  • The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith
  • Something in Between – Melissa de la Cruz

Rating: 4/5

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