Rating – 5 out of 5
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon follows a young woman, Natasha, as she fights for her life in New York the only way she knows how – through finding a way to not be deported. Today is her last day in America, and not the time for trivial things like love. Daniel, has always been a good son and has done what is expected of him, like not falling for a girl who will be leaving tomorrow. But today has much in store for these two as they navigate love, fate and the way things change together on one last day in New York City.
“Maybe part of falling in love with someone else is also falling in love with yourself.”
-Nicola Yoon, The Sun is Also a Star
Why I liked The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Buckle up my friends, the first book I finished in 2018 made me cry. From the same author who wrote Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon, comes one of the most moving pieces of literature I’ve read for the YA genre. Delving deep into topics such as new love, change, family expectations, racial tensions, immigration and deportation, this novel covers them with grace. I originally bought this book to read before I gave it to my younger sister. She is a young teen and I believe that she will like this book and be able to handle all of the topics. She might not understand the nuance yet, but with time The Sun is Also a Star will become one of the better books she reads.
I think my favorite parts of this novel was the interludes that chapters would take to explain the significance of the small actions that the two main characters would take on the lives of others and visa versa. The inner lives and motivations of others are sometimes the hardest to understand but also the most human. The Sun is Also a Star not only recognizes that but also highlights how their stories can sometimes be just as important as the stories of the main characters. In fact, the stories that others are living might be the ones that keep our stories together.
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