by Nicole Yoon
Published on November 1, 2016
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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?
My take: It's been quite a week here in the US. Between the initial shock of "Who's the president-elect again?" and "Where does our country go from here?" I read this book.
It was the perfect read for last week. The Sun is Also a Star is a book that addresses cultural and racial diversity in the US. It addresses immigration issues and families in conflict. But it's also a book about dreams, about our commonalities, about love.
Like Yoon's first book, Everything, Everything, The Sun is Also a Star features a plot that heavily relies on insta-love. But during these tumultuous times, maybe that's okay. I'd describe the book's style as Jennifer E. Smith (love story set in a day) meets A. S. King (unconventional narrative.) Watching these two crazy kids fall in love amidst all kinds of family and personal crises put a smile on my face. I also loved the way that the book gave snippets of narration to even the most minor of characters, emphasizing the humanity of each one. Each of us has a story, everyone's story is worth listening to, and all our stories intersect in unexpected ways.
If you haven't read this, I highly recommend it. I'll be giving away a copy tomorrow, so be sure to stop by.