Title: The Sun Is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Netgalley for review purposes.
Natasha is an undocumented immigrant whose family is 12 hours away from being deported back to America. Natasha is desperate for a solution. Daniel is in a constant battle with his family and their high expectations of him. Both Natasha and Daniel both see the world in two completely different ways. Daniel is a hopeless romantic who believes in fate and love at first sight but Natasha is a cynic who believes in science, facts and data. So when the two meet in a crowded NY street, their lives change and possibilities open up.
Nicola Yoon does an excellent job in creating two well rounded, complex and realistic characters with perfect chemistry together, but both also had their own characters arcs which were also fantastically written. While I really enjoyed their romance and how they changed each other’s thinking about their outlook on life, I had a hard time believing they actually fell in love in less than one day – BUT – a good romance nonetheless. I did really love the end and how the two went their separate ways and lived their lives but found each other later in life.
My favourite aspect, however, was reading about the different cultures and both Daniel’s and Natasha’s immigrant experiences, and the examinations of racism in America. I found Daniel’s struggle with his identity and his struggle to fit into two different cultures really interesting.
While I ultimately found the romance to be the weakest aspect, The Sun is Also a Star features some excellent character development and it was both Natasha’s and Daniel’s individual experiences and storylines that kept me reading till the very end. The fact that these narratives were condensed into one day really shows Nicola Yoon’s writing talents.