The Sun is also a Star – Nicola Yoon

Oh my lord.

28763485.jpgI loved it. I just loved it. I can’t even explain how good this book is. (And how evil Nicola Yoon is for toying with my emotions like that). I was so engrossed in the story I had two consecutive nights of very little sleep, because I couldn’t put it down.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?

Natasha and Daniel are both completely likeable and, although it happens through a series of unlikely coincidences, their story is somehow believable. (Quick question though, why do all black girls in books have big afros? Diversity is great but is it really diversity if the characters are all stereotypes?) I loved how we got to hear the stories of the other people they interacted with, and the way the story unfolded. I can’t say too much without giving things away, but what I will say is that it was a rollercoaster of emotions. The Sun is also a Star has stolen the top-spot as my favourite book of the year.

Also, look at how amazing the cover art actually is!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

6 thoughts on “The Sun is also a Star – Nicola Yoon

  1. Geraldine @ Corralling Books says:

    YESSS, that cover art is gorgeous! Yoon has a knack for always getting books with THE BEST covers! And it’s a good question you posed – is it diversity if its stereotypes? It’s so difficult! On one hand, it’s good for representation, but at the same time, we need more books to break the stereotypes, because it can be equally bad and harmful to perpetuate stereotypes.
    My favourite part of the book by far was the ending! THAT ENDING GOT TO ME. It was so cute, and so much like a fairytale, I was so happy!
    Great review! ❤

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  2. TeacherofYA says:

    Excellent review: I’ve passed on checking this out but not anymore! And good point about the hairstyle…I think diversity doesn’t have to mean that all black girls are described the same. Why, in Flawed, the main character was black but she had braids. So I think hairstyle diversity is ok too!

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