The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
This is a YA modern love story and it is so cute. It primarily covers one day, has super short chapters, and is a very easy read. Primarily we switch back and forth between Natasha and Daniel’s perspectives but we also jump around briefly into other peoples’ perspectives which I really appreciated (kind of like 2am at the Cat’s Pajamas) in that we come to some understanding as to why the other characters act the way they do. The receptionist and that random driver are no longer just ambiguous people and we see a little into their lives which really ties into the whole idea of this book that in order to understand a little thing you have to understand the whole universe.
I really appreciated the complexity of the characters in this book and ultimately how likeable all of them were. Even when a character does something that you don’t want them to, you are still (usually) able to understand where they are coming from.
This book was super sweet and fast (I read it in one day) and left me feeling happy. The author obviously believes wholeheartedly in the idea of love and true love. Even the ending of the book (although certainly not what I was expecting) still was so sweet and lovely and everyone (I mean, pretty much everyone) has a happy ending without too much of a stretch of the imagination.
I also really appreciated the fact that even though this is definitely a YA book, it deals with some real heavy topics that I feel like people of every age will relate to. Natasha is Jamaican and her family is being deported while Daniel is Korean American and his family wants him to be doctor. I really appreciated how this story deals with culture and different ideas of what it means to be a family.
Overall, I highly recommend this to anyone who wants happy ending and a sweet love story.
#16 of 2017