Genre: Contemporary YA
Publication Date: 1 November 2016
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
“We’re kindling and lightning strikes, a lit match and dry wood, fire and danger signs and a forest waiting to be burned.”
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?
The Sun is Also a Star was a read that I had been anticipating ever since I read Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything back in June. I’d fallen in love with Yoon’s unique style of writing, which alternates between the main characters’ perspectives as well as throws in outside characters and facts in short, rapid-fire chapters. Sun had this style and was such an enjoyable and quick read! I fell in love with Natasha and Daniel and was rooting for their relationship from the very beginning!
Natasha and Daniel are complete polar opposites; Natasha’s beliefs are firmly rooted in science, while Daniel is her optimistic counterpart who believes in fate and destiny. The two seem like such an unlikely match in the beginning of the story, something Natasha agrees with as well, until she begins to realise that there’s more to life than facts and science; that love has a much more important role and how quickly that love can blossom.
While Natasha and Daniel have only a short amount of time together, it feels like they share several lifetimes in one day. Their story is one that I will forever cherish because of how touching and heartwarming it was to read. The way the chapters alternated between Natasha and Daniel and the people they interacted with (even for only a moment) shows how deeply one can be impacted by the actions of others, no matter how seemingly small. The twists and turns of their day display the inner workings of what some would consider coincidences while others, Daniel included, would consider fate.
This book really made me think about the deeper meanings of fate and destiny and how even if you’ve only known someone for a short period of time, they can leave such an indelible mark on your life. The Sun is Also a Star is unlike other YA novels I’ve read; while on the the surface it may seem like your typical boy-meets-girl story, it is so much more than that. It is about two people with complicated lives who come together in the most unlikely of ways and while they don’t get their happily ever after, they are happy. They go on to live meaningful lives, while always doing their best to never forget their great love from all those years before.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick heartfelt read that will stick with you long after you finish it!
Have you all read this book? Do you have a favourite contemporary YA novel that warms your heart? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
That’s all for now! Peace out, bookworms ✌🏼️