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 was kindly given The Sun is Also a Star for a secret Santa with my friends! It was a real surprise, because I hadn’t even mentioned to my friend that I wanted to read this. If you’re reading, thank you Ines! This was the perfect read whilst I was stuck in hospital.
Once you suspend your disbelief that two people can fall in love in a day, this book is great. I knew that it was a little unbelievable when I went into it, so this didn’t bother me at all. The characters are really what make this novel work. You’ve got Natasha, a Jamaican girl who is about to be deported from America back to Jamaica. She is a cynic and a scientist. Then there’s Daniel, probably the sweetest, softest boys that I’ve ever come across in literature. He loves poetry, and believes in fate. (I’m a little bit in love with Daniel, can you tell?) As much as I loved the main characters though, I especially adored that you occasionally got chapters from other people’s point-of-view – for example, a suicidal security guard, or heartbroken paralegal secretary.
This novel isn’t just about romance though. There are real issues discussed in this book, including racism, deportation, and inter-racial romances (as Natasha is black and Daniel is Korean). The inter-racial romance was of particular significance to me, as I’m white and my boyfriend is Indian. While this is not directly comparable to Natasha and Daniel’s situation, I really connected to the idea of family pressures to date people of the same race, and the fact that they got weird looks when they were in public together. This sometimes happens to me and my boyfriend, so I felt really represented and seen in these particular parts.
Overall, I hugely enjoyed The Sun is Also a Star. I’m definitely interested in what Nicola Yoon will be writing next – whilst I did not enjoy Everything Everything, this has done enough to pique my interest in her once again.