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?
♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating: 5 stars! Much cuteness was to be discovered in this novel. I must have updated Goodreads with that very sentiment a dozen times. This is so cute! They are so cute! All the cuteness! My heart, the cute, I cannot! Call it what you may, but a book that makes me grin, laugh, swoon, and leaves me feeling light and fluffy generally gets high marks from me. I can’t help it, I’m just a sucker for those fuzzy feels, yo.
The Sun is Also a Star was a wonderfully diverse novel filled with thought-provoking moments of how strangers’ lives can become entangled and showcased exactly how a love at first meeting can really happen. I know I fell hard for this book, and I’m confident that other readers will, too.
♥ Review: This book, you guise! I love when I can easily get swept up in a story. I both love and hate that moment when I realize I’m so close to the end, and that I was so entranced by what was happening inside the story that I was racing through the pages without realizing that it was almost over. That happened with this novel. I was so wrapped up in these two characters and the points in which their lives intersected and watching their love explode in a matter of hours, that I suddenly found myself mere pages from the end and had that thought of Whoa! Wait! Where did all the pages go? I can’t almost be finished already! It’s too soon, I’m not ready to say goodbye yet!
Told in alternating dual narratives spliced with snippets of other character’s histories, etymology of certain words, and interspersed with general thoughts about life, love, and all the messy or good parts in-between, The Sun is Also a Star really pulls you into the story of how this universe can seem infinite and so small all at once. These characters’ lives could have went in a billion different directions on any single day, leading them dozens or hundreds or even thousands of miles away from one another, but instead–call it God, fate, cosmic forces, or destiny–they crossed paths, points threaded on a map that wove together to alter history. I think every person either wants to believe our lives have a certain course, a big plan, while others want to believe there is only the here and now, making your own path by making your own choices. Those two ideas were perfectly displayed through our dreamer, hopeless romantic, Daniel, and his love interest, cynic disguised as a realist, Natasha. Because of the dual narrative, you really get a good sense of who these characters were, and I really connected with both of them. Aside from falling for them as individuals, I also loved watching these two and their epic love story unfold on the page. I can’t help it, I’m one of those dreamers and want to believe in true love and meant-to-be’s, and so, for me, Yoon gave me the whimsical tale of what others choose to be make-believe and delivered it so flawlessly that I couldn’t help to be caught in its whirlwind.
But other than this grand story of finding love through a chance-encounter, Yoon also tackled quite a few heavier subjects like racism, mental illness, immigration, family loyalties, infidelities, and so many others. I know this may seem like a lot going on, but somehow, Yoon totally made it work seamlessly, giving it enough attention so that it didn’t seem like a cast-off for drama’s sake while also not allowing it to become the whole of the story or dictating too much of it. I thought it would over-complicate things at the beginning, but instead, I felt like it helped the story move along at a better pace and I actually learned a lot of stuff, things that I don’t think I would have normally sought information on my own about either.
If I had one little tiny gripe, it would have been how this novel ended. I can certainly appreciate the reality of how Natasha’s deportation would lead her away and how unfair, but decidedly factual that could happen, but to have the fates (or whatever) bring them back together after so many years and us not get to watch it transpire? Sobs. I won’t lie, it was easy to envision how their potential future would unfold because of how much they thought about it in their inner monologues and through their questionnaire conversations, but had the actual epilogue become a last chapter and then another epilogue of their future together been written instead, I would have called this book absolute perfection. As it stands, I’m still happy with the ending, but my dreamer’s heart can’t say that I wouldn’t have loved just a little bit more.
♥ Teaser Quote: So many teasers could be posted here! Ms. Yoon brings the feels and the pretty words, plain and simple. Her prose and delivery style is just. So. Damn. Good. Y’all.
“Huh,” I say again.
“That’s more than a ‘huh,’ ” she says, smiling.
It is more than a huh, but I can’t think of anything clever or witty to say. I’m having trouble thinking and looking at her at the same time.
There’s a Japanese phrase I like: koi no yokan. It doesn’t mean love at first sight. It’s closer to love at second sight. It’s the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with them. Maybe you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.
I’m pretty sure that’s what I’m experiencing right now. The only slight (possibly insurmountable) problem is that I’m pretty sure Natasha is not.
–quote taken from an ARC of The Sun is Also a Star (Daniel’s POV), pg. 74
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♥ Rec It? Yes! I knew with Everything, Everything (you can find my 5-star review of it here) that Yoon would be an author I’d be on the look out for, and this novel easily cements the fact that I’ll be on the search for more of her work. If you like quick reads that fill your heart and make you smile, this book definitely needs to find its way into your hands. Preferably sooner rather than later.
♥ A very special thanks to Stacee for snagging me a copy. Make sure you go check out her blog
because she’s my most favorite person ever to see what awesome authorly adventure she’s been on recently.
*Disclaimer: My KP, Stacee from the wonderfully fabulous Adventures of a Book Junkie, lovingly nabbed me ARC of this title at SDCC. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition (which you should totally go and buy).
Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.
I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥
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