The Sun Is Also A Star Book Review


Sheila Mwanda, Staff writer

Imagine meeting your one true love, just by chance as you’re going about your daily business. What about if you found the one for you even if you didn’t believe in love? How about if you only had one day to be with that person?

The YA novel The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon intertwines these ideas as it tells the story of teenagers Natasha and Daniel. Natasha and her parents are illegal immigrants from Jamaica and in less than 24 hours, they are being deported. As Natasha is doing everything she can to prevent the deportation, she meets Daniel. Daniel is getting ready for his Yale entrance interview only to please his overbearing South Korean parents. Both with different missions, the two set off on their daily plans as a unit, slowly by slowly falling in love with each other as the day progresses. But as they continue down the road, they reach a fork and are forced to take separate paths.

The Sun is Also a Star is one of my favorite YA novels. I enjoy that both Natasha and Daniel both have their different problems. This book shows the importance of facing your fears and problems head on and not shying away from them. As the two characters are together, they help each other make their issues bearable. They additionally offer each other a different outlook and perspective on life.

As New York Times Bestseller, this book is an exceptional teen read. A combination of love, struggles and worrying about the present and the future, The Sun is Also a Star leaves you wondering if life comes together by fate or chance.