The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

About: The Sun is Also A Star

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 12 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 ☀️☀️☀️☀️½

Book Cover of The Sun is Also a StarIf I remember rightly I first heard about The Sun is Also a Star at the David Levithan and Nina Lacour bloggers event at YALC last year. If I remember correctly David recommended it as an amazing upcoming read.

I’ve also had it in my Netgalley queue for ages. But, in the end, I decided to listen to the audiobook version, narrated by Bahni Turpin, Dominic Hoffman, and Raymond Lee, it was a good choice, because it is a great production!

Oh Natasha and Daniel, how much did I enjoy spending that day with you? Watching you meet and connect, and fit more life into that day than some people fit into weeks and months.

The likely-hood of Natasha’s deportation fuels the tension of the time we spend with them. As Natasha does everything she can to put off or avoid the possibility entirely.

That doesn’t mean though that the two protagonists don’t get enjoy an otherwise full day. It’s a reviewing cliché to talk about character journeys of course. But I have to say I loved the way Nicola Yoon, showed Natasha & Daniel’s. We get to spend time in their heads, find out who they are, and how their short time together affects them.

While obviously focusing on Nicola’s story. The Sun is Also a Star does also reflect on the wider aspects of immigration, and its rules. Along with a bit of the history of Korean immigrant community that Daniel’s family is a part of.

This adds so much to the context of Natasha and Daniel’s story. Giving everything they experience together much more meaning. Making the story about so much more than only their relationship.

TL;DR

The Sun is Also a Star, is a wonderful story, that leaves its mark on the reader/listener, and like the star in its title, will brighten your day. It’s my first book by Ms Yoon, and I don’t think it will be my last!

I listened to the audiobook version of The Sun is Also a Star, which I purchased myself. However, I was also provided with a Netgalley review copy by the publisher.

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