Published – November 1st 2016
Genre – Young Adult
Summary – 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?
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I have been seeing lots of The Sun Is Also A Star on my socials lately. This is probably because Everything Everything, Nicola Yoon’s first book, is being made into a movie (you can see the trailer here). Also, the cover of The Sun Is Also A Star is very picture worthy! I mean… just look at it.
However, I did have friends on goodreads say they DNF’d the book, and it was because of one of two things (or both):
- they didn’t connect with the characters
- or they didn’t like the “insta-love” element
As far as their “complaints” go, I totally understand where they are coming from. But I didn’t feel they were bad to DNF the book.
I actually enjoyed the read.
The Sun Is Also A Star does flip back and forth between the two main characters point-of-view (POV) for each chapter, as well as a handful of chapters of the minor character’s POV. I did find myself not connecting with the characters right away for this fact. I would read two pages of Daniel’s POV and feel like I’m starting to understand him, and then – bam – it changes. However, the flips didn’t confuse me as far as where we were in the plot, so as I got a bit farther into the story I started to connect.
Also, The Sun Is Also A Star does basically take place all in one day. So yes, it is a quick “love.” However I feel like I didn’t notice until I was getting to the end. It was then that I thought back and realized that it was all one day. This probably wasn’t the case for most people – I just get swept away in the story.
Another reason I did like this book is that it brought in a few statistics, science, and history background in the plot. For example, they mention the reason the Asian culture dominates the black hair care market. Although you might know things like this already, I thought it was well done.
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