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The Sun is also a Star: Book Review

Book Title: The Sun is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: Romance
Target Audience: I’m going with YA

Why I chose this

So this book has appealed to me for some time but I never got round to purchasing it as I was always in the bookshop for something else and one-day last week the book I wanted wasnt in the shop and the book was staring at me with its colourful cover yelling “LAURA!!! BUY ME!!!” so that’s exactly what I did.

What it's about

The Sun Is Also a Star

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? synopsis.

What I thought

I’ve written this part before I’ve finished the book so please bear with me

So I’ve read the authors bio and this seems to a semi-autobiographical piece of work. The characters and Natasha and Daniel a Jamaican living in America and a Korean-American bit like I don’t know, say Nicola (a Jamaican living in America) and David (a Korean-American) Yoon.

Don’t get me wrong I like the premise of the story and I think the world needs more diverse characters with an interracial relationship. She is obviously writing what she knows. I’m purely just making an observation at this stage.

The book starts off ok. I instantly feel sorry for Natasha who obviously doesn’t want to leave the country that she knows and loves because her dad got found out that they were illegal immigrants. Who would want to go to a country that they don’t know (birth country or not) when the situation is completely out of their hands. Natasha is obviously doing everything she can to stay in America and it seems as though she’d be happy to let her family leave without her.

Daniel is the newly appointed prodigal son of his family after his brother got suspended from the best school in America Harvard. Both Charles and Daniel have seemed to have been pushed by their parents to become doctors which neither of them seems to really want. Their parents seem lovely people but it’s like their trying to make their sons live our their dreams and not being able to pursue their own dreams.

I’ve managed to finish the book on April 7th. Took a little while longer than expected but with it being the school holidays I’ve been trying to spend time with the kiddywinks.

I enjoyed this book. However, like Natasha, I’m a sceptic when it comes to the whole love at first sight thing. Is love really that simple? Can you really fall in love after asking a certain amount of questions and staring into each other’s eyes? I’m not so sure being the person that really didn’t like my husband when I first met him.

I liked how the book ran over the course of a day and it did seem to tie in well. The switch of POV’s was a lot better than This Could Change Everything as it actually told you whose POV it was on that page or two.

What I wasn’t too keen on was the POV’s of other people who were related to the story but not the pivotal characters. Were they really necessary to the plot? I’m not convinced. Yes, it was nice to get a bit of background into Natasha’s dad and why he did what he did and with Irene the security guard at the immigration place.

With the lawyer and his paralegal, it felt like this was used to bulk out the story and like she needed an excuse to break up the happy couple.

I also felt that the coincidences were a bit too convenient. It felt a little odd to me. Like she was trying to hard to make it look like it was fate.

The book was certainly nice but it wasn’t really for me so I’m giving this ⭐⭐⭐

Have you picked up a book you wanted purely for the cover? Were you disappointed, did you enjoy it or was it average?

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