Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star
by NICOLA YOON

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?

Nicola Yoon’s passion in her stories is easily felt in her writing. Yoon became one of my favorite authors eversince I discovered her book, Everything, Everything four years ago. It became my favorite book of 2016 and last year, I was able to read The Sun Is Also a Star. I know I’m a bit late with this review, but I wanted to watch the movie version after reading the book, and it was all worth it. (Charles Melton as Daniel Bae is perfect!)

There were minor differences in the movie compared to the book, nevertheless, the same happy feeling I got when I read the book transcended to the film. I’d like to focus more on the book which initially captured my heart. Daniel Bae and Natasha Kingsley met one day and had to spend at least 12 hours together to prove the concept of strangers falling in love with a set of questions. The poet and the scientist; the Korean and the Jamaican; the incoming university student and the out-going Jamaican deportee. Both had issues with their families (mainly their fathers) and both so freakingly adorable.

Fate coupled with destiny; the odds of them building a relationship in just a day seems impossible but proved to be quite probable after how many years. Daniel’s and Natasha’s mixed races under the New York City lights made their story all the more appealing to me. I can’t wait to get my hands on Nicola Yoon’s next masterpiece.

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