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?”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! It’s Meaghan here again with another review!

“We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.”

Stars (Out of 10): 8/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: This book exceeded my expectations. If I’m being honest, the description didn’t exactly draw me in, and I haven’t read any of this author’s books before, so I wasn’t expecting much. However, I ended up reading the entire book in practically one sitting, and loved it!

The Good: Characters were very likable, situations of both families were written quite realistically, worked together nicely to both drive Natasha and Daniel together, and create drama in their wish for that. Also, my absolute favorite thing about the novel was its extra POVs. I loved how, with each side character we met, we learned a bit of their backstory as well, which added an entire new layer to the story, and was not something I have seen before!

The Bad: The speed of using the word “love” seemed a tad unrealistic, which also kinda killed some moments for me.

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

The Characters: While Natasha and Daniel were kinda the only likable characters of the entire cast (except for maybe Irene, of course) I like the dynamic of how they all worked together. We saw both Natasha and Daniel struggling under the burdens that their families had brought upon them, as well as how everyday people affected their lives as well.

The Plot: I ended up really liking this. The fact that entire relationship, and novel, was based on a bunch of coincidences ended up working well, and I loved the additional POVs like I mentioned before. I also loved the realistic ending, even if it did kinda break my heart. Yes, she was getting deported with little chance of stopping it, and I like how the author kept to that, even if everyone kinda sorta hates her for ripping Natasha and Daniel apart.

The Favorite Character: Daniel

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