THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon
Verdict: Loved it!
This story is about one momentous day. It’s Natasha last day to stop her deportation back to Jamaica, the place she was born but feels little connection to. It’s also Daniel’s day to shine in an interview for Yale that he couldn’t care less about, but his first-generation Asian immigrant parents believe it is the best thing for him. Their encounter is improbable, their relationship doomed from the start, yet they’re meant-to-be.
I fell in love with Natasha and Daniel. Natasha likes observable facts, only believing in what can be studied – not fate, or karma, and definitely not love. Daniel is more comfortable with the unknown and a hopeless romantic. Over the course of one day, he tries to prove that they’re meant to be together.
Okay, so one day is a little fast, but I like to think the quality of their interaction is what mattered – how open they were, how much they learned. Or maybe I’m willing to make excuses because I enjoyed reading it.
The gorgeous writing had me engaged from start to finish. I’ve never read so much detail in a single day – I’ve never thought such minute actions could be fascinating until now. Every second mattered, and every character had history, a story to tell, another side that you would never suspect.
I enjoyed the snippets of science, history, and culture spotted throughout. I loved the shifts in the narrator which showed us another way to perceive the story, ultimately demonstrating that perception is as flawed as we are. It’s also refreshing to read multiple points of view where they actually sound like different people.
By the end of the book, I felt like they were both dear friends that I didn’t want to part with. I will definitely read another Nicola Yoon book in the future.
Source: With thanks to the publishers via NetGalley.com