Miss SandraRosa’s Book Review: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

When it comes to love, are you cynical or sentimental? Natasha believes in hard science and facts. Daniel believes in destiny and fate.

Natasha has 24 hours to find a way to stop her family from being deported and sent back to Jamaica. She’s determined to find a way to stay in New York and fix her father’s mistakes. Daniel is on his way to an interview with a Yale graduate, something his Korean parents insist he do, even though he has no real interest in Yale or the future they’ve laid out for him.

Natasha and Daniel meet and part and keep meeting and keep parting, all the while falling in love. If you’re a fan of love-at-first-sight, or rather the Japanese phrase koi no yokan which Daniel describes as “the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with them,” then this book is for you. If you’re a fan of literature that questions these ideas, then this book is for you.

Daniel feels and accepts what he feels for Natasha immediately. Natasha feels and tries to ignore what she feels for Daniel. We get to see the cynic’s take on love and we get to see the sentimentalist’s take on love.

The story is told from both Natasha’s and Daniel’s points of view, but we also get snippets of the lives, thoughts, and ideas of minor characters sprinkled throughout. It reminds us that every person we encounter has their own story, their own battle, and their own unique way of looking at the world.

I enjoyed this story and it was a definite page-turner. There’s something here for the cynic and the sentimentalist in us all.  Be sure to watch the video with the author reading from the book!  ~Miss SandraRosa

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