The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon
This is a sweet, heart-warming novel about young love and the contrast between feelings and science. Natasha is a science-y kind of girl. She doesn’t believe in fate or destiny, only solid facts. And she is also leaving the country in a few hours because she is an undocumented immigrant, having been discovered, and is now being deported back to Jamaica. But she meets Daniel, a Korean by whose parents have big plans for him. He will become a successful doctor, get married and live the ‘American Dream’. But he doesn’t want that. He wants to write poetry. He is, an exact opposite of Natasha, but it’s crazy what happens when you have so little time.
It brings up some pretty interesting questions. What is love? Is it chemicals? Is it asking the right questions? Why do people fall in love? Can it be forced? Is it a scientific instinct or something humans have made up? Is it really written in the stars?
It gets pretty intense, I wouldn’t recommend it for younger readers, with a lot of cursing and a love story that is sweet but mature.
Nicola Yoon also wrote ’Everything, Everything’ and this was my favourite book for a very long time. It’s about a teen girl called Maddy and she has an autoimmune disease called SCID. She can’t go outside because of how susceptible she is to severe infections, but she falls in love with the new boy next door. It’s another one of those ‘See what love can do’ type stories but really heart-warming. Again, wouldn’t recommend for younger readers.
Realism – ♥♥♥♥
Relatability – ♥♥♥♥
Plot Climax – ♥♥♥
Big Reveal – ♥♥
Overall – ♥♥♥♥
It’s an amazing book, characters are believable, the plot is a little bit stretched, not sure it would actually happen, but realistic books are boring.
The climax is a little predictable but sweet. It also has an interesting look at the butterfly effect. The way that the tiny little things can grow and grow until they become lifechanging. It swaps narratives a lot in a way that isn’t confusing. I think that this enables you to see the entire picture, and everyone’s point of view so you know it’s not one-sided, and there isn’t really a reveal until right at the end, it’s smallish, and leaves a lot to the imagination but for me, that only makes it better.
I really think this is worth a read, sold in any good bookstores. Hope this review was helpful.
Lots of love