Review: The Sun Is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon

img_4567Title: The Sun Is Also a Star
Author:
Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Corgi
Publication date:
3 November 2016
Genre:
YA contemporary
Pages:
384

After enjoying Everything, Everything last year, I was eager to pick up Nicola Yoon’s second book, The Sun Is Also a Star.

The Sun Is Also a Star is set over just one day. We meet Natasha – who is doing everything she can to stop the deportation of her family from the US to Jamaica – and we meet Daniel – who is a few hours away from a Yale interview he doesn’t care about and facing increasing pressure from his parents.

And then they meet each other.

And the best thing is… it isn’t instalove! Despite being a love story set over 24 hours, it is believable and their feelings slowly build over the course of the book to a convincing end point. While Daniel is a dreamer, a poet and a believer in ‘everything happens for a reason’, Natasha is initially reluctant to his affections and believes scientific reasoning is everything and that fate is, quite frankly, ridiculous.

The story is told with multiple points of view. It primarily skips between the two main characters, but this is broken up with small inserts of back story on the more minor characters, meaning all the characters feel very full and alive. I really felt I knew them by the end of the book.

Hidden amongst the flurry of praise for this book are a tiny handful of negative reviews that suggest it isn’t realistic enough. To some extent this is true. It isn’t realistic. It is full of coincidence, neat circumstances and a bordering-on-cheesy ending, but surely it is meant to be that way when the whole book is essentially a commentary on the existence or non-existence of fate?

I sped through this book in 48 (wonderful) hours and it gave me a gigantic book hangover. Cue my despairs: “No book will ever be the same again! Nothing will ever be as good!” And if that isn’t a good endorsement, I don’t know what is.

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