The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon | Blog Tour Review

October 24, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Blog Tours, Book Reviews | 34 Comments

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon | Blog Tour ReviewThe Sun Is Also A Star
by Nicola Yoon
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: November 1st 2016 by Delacorte Press
Format: ARC
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4.5 Stars
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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?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Natasha’s family only has less than a day to finish packing because they will be deported to Jamaica after her father got charged with DUI and he blurted the truth: his family were illegal immigrants. Tasha wants to find a way to stay in the US so she goes to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in hopes of finding a way to stay. She only believes in facts and science, but she’s willing to believe in anything that will help her stay. I could feel Tasha’s sorrow through Yoon’s writing. She obviously didn’t want to move and it was very painful for her to even think of packing.

To be clear: I don’t believe in fate. But I’m desperate.

Daniel comes from a family of Asians who migrated to the US to have a better life. He’s an aspiring poet, but his father wants him to go to an Ivy League school so Daniel can have a great future. Daniel has an interview with Yale and on this day, he encounters a girl with a gorgeous afro and pink headphones who’s lost in her music. He’s completely drawn to her so he follows her.

There’s a Japanese phrase that I like: koi no yokan. It doesn’t mean love at first sight. It’s closer to love at second sight. It’s the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with them. Maybe you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.

When I started reading this novel, I realized it had aspects of an insta-love happening. Surprisingly, this didn’t bother me at all! If you know me, you know that I can’t stand insta-love, but Yoon captivated me with the cute and swoony romance! I think the reason I was loving it was because the story’s main focus wasn’t the romance, even though it did have a strong presence throughout. Despite this being a very cute story, it has its dark undertones, touching subjects such as racism, family, expectations, immigration, loyalty, loneliness, suicide, just to mention a few.

But here is a true thing: Almost everything in the night sky gives off light. Even if we can’t see it, the light is still there.

One of my reasons for loving this novel so much is that it has various point of views. Don’t stop reading here, keep going on and you’ll understand why. When I skimmed the book the first time and saw different POV’s I was taken aback and thought I wouldn’t love it since I’d probably get lost with the narratives. NOT AT ALL! You see, Daniel and Natasha’s POV’s are the main ones in the story. As they have encounters with different people, those people make a minor appearance. These POV’s are highly important to the story even if at the beginning you don’t think so. As I kept reading, I realized Yoon seamlessly intertwined so many stories that played a major role in Tasha’s and Daniel’s lives.

Overall, The Sun Is Also A Star is a wonderfully written diverse novel that’s very thought-provoking with all its crucial subjects and an adorable and fluffy romance to keep things light.

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About Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

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  • Jolene Wilson

    I am currently reading this book too. I like it so far. I loved the authors letter to the readers at the beginning about how she met her husband. True love.

  • My excitement for this book was already at a 100% but now I’m even more excited! And I’m so glad the insta-love didn’t bother you so hopefully it won’t bother me either when I read it. 😀

  • Eva

    Great review! That cover is gorgeous and this really sounds so good! Definitely going to pick this one up

  • I enjoyed this novel (but not as much as I did Everything, Everything). I love how very introspective both characters were. 🙂

    • I actually didn’t really like Everything, Everything and was skeptical about this one but I’m glad I loved it 🙂

  • I have a copy of this and loved book one, so you have me excited to dive in!

  • Emily Alfano

    I’ve met Nicole Yoon at conferences before and she seems like such a kind individual! sad to say I haven’t read this book yet though! Great review Genesis! It sounds so good and I especially love the quote you shared about love being inevitable at second sight. That phrase sounds like a quote I would write down as I read:)
    I am hoping I get to this book soon!
    Emily @ http://www.rabbitholereviews.com

  • Yay! This is this first review I’ve seen of The Sun is Also a Star and I’m so happy it’s such a positive one! Everything Everything was one of my big surprises this year (enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would!) and I’m excited to read this one. I love the sound of all the different POVs. Great review, Gen!

  • Great review! I’m really looking forward to this book, glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Lovely review. This one is going on my list as I haven’t really heard much about it before so I’m glad you brought it to my attention. 🙂

  • I’ve heard that this author has a beautiful writing style! I already know that I wouldn’t like Everything, Everything, so I never bothered accepting this one for review… this type of YA contemporary is just not for me. =) I do love the books’ covers though – Random House has done a great job there!

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Genesis! Wonderful review. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  • LostinLit Becca

    The multiple POVs sounds cool! I am so excited for this one, so happy you loved it Gen!

  • I’ve been thinking of picking this up (because of the gorgeous cover), definitely glad to see you enjoyed this! I really like the sounds of it and definitely enjoyed the quotes you picked! Lovely review!

  • The Candid Cover YA book blogg

    I loved this book too! I agree that the insta love was there and although I typically don’t like that in books, it didn’t bother me. This book really does have it all! <3

  • I really enjoyed Everything Everything so I’m looking forward to this one too. Delighted to hear you loved it so much. And I’m a bit ick about insta-love but when it’s well done, then I’m ok! Sounds like it works here.

  • GAH this sounds sooooo good! I loved Everything, Everything so I really cannot wait to start this one! I love that there is once again diversity, and once again some tougher topics but with an awesome romance to lighten things up! This sounds SO good, I must read it ASAP! Fabulous review!

  • I am so excited for this one!! I can overlook the instalove if it is cute and done well. Sounds like I will love it – Great review!!

  • Ahh I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK. Seems like it got almost perfect rating from you, too. And those quotes you chose are beautiful!