The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
This book felt like a YA version of November 9 to me. Where he only has a day to make her fall for him. In Colleen Hoover’s November 9, the story is more widespread. I enjoyed that book more, but this I felt covered more important topics that should be touched on in the literature world. See below.
Still, I love the story line, the back and forth between the characters, the vast difference between them, but also the similarities. Natasha and Daniel are two completely different people from two different races. By a chance meeting, then another, the insta-love begins. They decide to put the idea of love to a scientific test to see if he can make her fall for him in the only day they have. Coincidences continue to line up, and Natasha refuses to believe in “fate” or a “higher power” or that “everything happens for a reason”. But when push comes to shove, when is enough, enough? Daniel opens her eyes to thoughts she would normally shrug off, to considering beliefs she would typically scoff at.
NOTE: This book discusses topics like history & science, race, faith, loneliness, suicide… So while the insta-love factor is there, it wasn’t making me run away from the story like they usually do.
The Sun is Also a Star is a beautiful tale of two people pushing the boundaries, not just of race, but of beliefs. That two people with open minds can still love each other completely because of those differences.
Rating: 4 stars!
The trouble with getting your hopes too far up is: it’s a long way down.
“I didn’t know you this morning, and now I don’t remember not knowing you.”
“It’s not up to you to help other people fit you into a box.”
People spend their whole lives looking for love. Poems and songs and entire novels are written about it. But how can you trust something that can end as suddenly as it begins?
The thing about falling is you don’t have any control on your way down.
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?