Book Review | The Sun Is Also A Star

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There are many different definitions of what love is. There are many different romance tropes people prefer. Everyone has their own unique thoughts about what two people belong together, how much time it takes for them to love each other, whether or not they will last and so on. Nicola Yoon, the author of The Sun Is Also A Star, believes that two people can start to love each other a very short time after they meet. This is exactly what happens with Natasha and Daniel, two immigrants living in New York City.


a romance story between a jamaican girl and a korean boy in new york city

Natasha is a black girl from Jamaica. She is an undocumented immigrant. After her dad gets into an accident while drunk-driving, he absentmindedly confesses that they are illegal immigrants to a police officer. The family receives a deportation order. On the day they are supposed to leave, Natasha does everything she can to stay in New York City. While waiting for an appointment with her immigration lawyer, she meets Daniel at a record shop where they run into Natasha's cheating ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, who get busted while stealing records. Daniel jokes about it after which the two of them talk. Just a while later, Daniel saves Natasha from getting hit by a car at a crossing. The two of them talk some more and Natasha agrees to go for coffee with him. Thus begins a sudden and unexpected romance.

Though Natasha and Daniel are complete opposites with utterly different beliefs about life and love, their differences actually seem to pull them together. Natasha, knowing she will probably be deported, tries not to fall for him, simultaneously willing him not to fall for her. But somehow, despite disagreements and reluctance from Natasha's side, they fall for each other. Amidst racist families, tough pasts, and major regrets, they become important parts of each other's lives, all in one day. 

Not only was this book a soothing relief after I read two intense fantasy books in a row, but it also made me think about the unpredictability of life, the beauty of love, and the need for someone to understand you. It made me think about how, in a few hours, your beliefs, aspirations and goals can change. It showed that even the strongest people face setbacks, the supposedly tough people are actually the weakest, and that a simple conversation can open your eyes to so many things.

Finally, the tone and structure of the book was unique and pleasing. It was told from various point of views, even those of security guards, immigration lawyers and paralegals. The book ended with a beautiful revelation about a side character... and a surprise reunion.

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22 Comments

  1. I don't know that I've read a review of this book before, though I've heard a lot ABOUT the book. I didn't realize it had the POV of different people throughout - that's a cool twist.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. It is a cool book! And yes, the different povs really makes the book amazing

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  2. I have never read this book before. It sounds interesting! I’ll have to check it out!

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  3. I need a new book to read since I am almost done with the one I currently have. I loved Elenor & Park btw. this sounds light and fun

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  4. I have been needing a new book to read. I just finished Boy in the Striped Pajamas and have been searching for one! I love your review of this book. It has sold me!

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    1. I love the boy in the striped pajamas!! Thank you!

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  5. This sounds like my kind of book, I need to check it out!

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  6. This sounds like a good read! I'm going to be looking for it!

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  7. This sounds like a book I'd enjoy. I love to read so I'll add it to my list.

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  8. I am a librarian in Baltimore County and have heard nothing but excellent things about this book. Thank you for the review.

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  9. I keep seeing everyone talk about this book right now too!

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  10. I've seen this book recommended by a few people I'm definitely putting it on my reading list!

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  11. Sounds like a great book of breaking barriers and ultimately love winning. Would love to check it out.

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