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

PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge Prompt: A book that takes place in a single day TW: Racism, deportation, infidelity I didn...

PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge Prompt: A book that takes place in a single day

TW: Racism, deportation, infidelity

I didn't expect to love The Sun is Also a Star as much as I did. When I read Everything, Everything, I liked it but didn't LOVE it. I read it in just a day, but didn't connect with it in quite the same way I connected with Star, which was was a beautiful romantic comedy with deeper message about connections, about cause and effect.

Natasha is a being of science and facts. She's smart, and she is on a mission. Today may be her family's last day in the States. So she's doing everything in her power to save her family's status and not be deported. She's lived in American since she was a child; she hardly knows anything else. Daniel, on the other hand, is a believer of fate. He's a poet, with his head in the clouds, an asshole brother, and parents who want him to be a doctor. When he meets Natasha, he sees it as a sign. Of what he's not sure, but he's determined to find out. 

This novel is so different than I expected, but in the best way possible. I expected Natasha and Daniel to really be the only important characters, but each character (even the smaller ones) are important, because everything in this book is connected in a surprising way. Kind of reminiscent of the movie Crash. I was truly surprised throughout this entire book, but in the best way possible.

Natasha's character is strong and independent, but also vulnerable. And Daniel is sweet and optimistic. The personality's are the opposite from what stereotypical gender roles tell you, and that was just one of the things I loved about the book. But I loved every bit of it, from start to finish.

"Observable Fact: I don't believe in magic. Observable Fact: We are magic." - The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star is smart and sweet, but so relevant. Maybe even more so today than the years ago when it was written. It's a romantic comedy with lots of sweet moments, but ultimately it's about immigration policy and how our choices lead to consequences - no matter how large or small. It's a beautiful story, written in such fantastic prose it's so simple to read. I would highly recommend to readers of all ages.

Goodreads rating: ★★★

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