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?
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon grabbed my heart, yanked it out, and sewed it back inside my chest in the timespan of one day. This book is my first Nicola Yoon book, but I do not believe it will be my last. I loved everything about this book, even when I cried profusely.
Let’s get down to business… The story is told from two main point of views: Natasha and Daniel. They cross paths in the story during the duration of a day for the majority of the story.
Natasha. Here we get introduced to our main girl. She is getting deported for being an illegal immigrant with her family when she was eight years old. Natasha is fighting the deportation and passionately believes in staying in America.
Then we have Daniel. He is born from an immigrant family in America. Daniel is a poet at heart and a believer in true love. He is fighting his family’s restrictions for what they want versus what he wants out of life.
Throughout the book, Natalie Yoon inputs numerous other POVs from minor characters. Normally, I would greatly dislike an author trying to put in different points of view. But Natalie Yoon’s writing is not normal. It is amazing! Every. Single. Character. Is important with telling the story. The threads of the characters’ plotlines intercrossing and the history of the words, characters, and cultures made everything magical. I became invested in every. single. character. Every single character! I can not believe it took me this long to find an author who does something like this!
I’ve hinted a few times at the amazing storyline Nicola Yoon created. There’s not much I can say about how awesome the story idea is, but I can tell you some quick things: 1. The majority of the story takes place during one day. 2. Daniel and Natasha aren’t insta-love characters. But theirs is a beautiful insta-love story without actually being insta-love. (Did you understand that?) 3. The storyline will grab your heart, rip it out, crush it, sew it back together, and then close your body up nice and neat.
I know this review has been one of the vaguest reviews I’ve ever written (and I’ve written quite a few… how many? Here’s a hint.), but the whole idea of these two characters, Daniel and Natasha, is completely complex and full of spoilers if I even begin to explain. (Sorry for that run-on sentence.)
Basically, just read The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, and your brain will be blown.
What do you think of Nicola Yoon’s writings? Do you have any recommendations for other authors who successfully write in a similar fashion? What did you think of The Sun is Also a Star? Let me know in the comments!
Much love, XOXO,
~A Writer Named Charley~