Book Review | The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“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?”

I enjoyed this book a lot more than ‘Everything Everything’ but still not a great read for me.
This book is told in a multiple POV format, which I really enjoyed. I liked how Yoon incorporated glimpses of the lives of the surrounding characters, no matter how minor their role. I thought that was really creative and I have not seen another POV format like this.

However, I am not a fan of insta-love. I know ‘The Sun is Also a Star’ is supposed to be surrounding the belief that a romantic connection can take instantaneously which is different from the usual insta-love tropes we usually see, but I still find it two-dimensional. The book is also told over the period of one day, so how the characters managed to fall in love is beyond me.

While I enjoyed the diversity of the book and the characters, they were boring. I did not like either of the main characters so did not care that Natasha was being deported or the fact that Daniel was ‘heartbroken’ because of this either.

The short chapters did make this quite a quick read which I liked, but because I wasn’t engaged in the story it did take me a while to finish.

With all books of this nature, the plot was very predictable and the ending you could see from a mile off.

2/5 stars.


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