Review: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a StarThe Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: November 1, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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 was a huge fan of Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything (which is being made into a movie, by the way) and I was super excited to read this one. I’ll admit, I had pretty high expectations, but the book did not disappoint! It is full of cute romance and random facts and tidbits. I also love the cover. The colors are super pretty together, and it’s got a string art type feel, which my artsy side adores.

Characters

Natasha and Daniel are both lovable, genuine characters. Natasha’s family is from Jamaica, and she moved to America when she was young. Daniel’s family is Korean, but he was born in the United States. Natasha and her family are being deported, and her efforts to reverse this deportation have more of an effect on her life than she could have imagined. Daniel is on his way to an interview that could determine his whole college education. And BOOM! Paths cross. Lives change.

I enjoyed watching Natasha and Daniel fall for each other despite the fact that it was basically impossible. Natasha was leaving and Daniel had his whole life planned out. Not only that, but they met and fell in love in less than 24 hours (which is kind of crazy and impossible within itself). HOWEVER, if we look past that minor detail, the story is adorable! They are so darn cute together, and I spent the whole book begging for them to end up happily ever after.

Aside from the wonderful romance, both Natasha and Daniel are so very real. They show what it is like to be an immigrant in America and that where you come from does not define you. Daniel’s parents want him to follow a specific path, but he longs to follow his own dreams. Natasha has taken it upon herself to right her father’s wrongs in order to continue living in America. Both of them want to forge ahead and make their own paths, which I believe makes them so relatable.

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Writing Style

I love the small chapters in both of Yoon’s books. It makes them seem easier to read. (Sometimes books with long chapters seem to go on and on and on, even if they are really good.)  It also allows for the inclusion of several other, random points of view. At first, I was not a fan of the many “background” characters, but they grew on me. They all contribute a little something to the story, and it adds a unique aspect.

There were tons of facts and tidbits thrown in throughout the story. From things about Jamaican culture to science facts, you can gain knowledge while reading this book! Being the nerd that I am, I loved these little random bits of information. They all connected in some way to whatever was currently happening, too. The book just generally had a fun, cute vibe to it, and I really enjoyed it!

Theme

Oh, how I love great themes! And The Sun is Also a Star had a really fabulous one. To me, it focused on how people should chase their dreams no matter what and how one small thing can affect a person’s entire life. Both Daniel and Natasha are out to chase their dreams and make their lives better. I adore their passion and drive to be successful, no matter what is thrown at them.

It also stressed the power of every little thing that you do and the effect that your actions can have on others. Something that seems teeny-tiny and insignificant to you could mean the world to someone else. Natasha and Daniel’s lives come in contact with many others and they impact each and every one of those people. In their world, a single day can be powerful. I really liked watching them change and grow throughout the course of this one day.

“We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.”

 Overview

I had pretty high expectations for this one, but I was not disappointed! I fell in love with the characters just as much as they fell in love with each other. Their personalities were realistic and unique. We catch a glimpse of a day in the lives of Natasha and Daniel, a day that changes their lives forever. It’s a book that keeps you wishing there were more days to read about, more cuteness to obsess over. I would highly recommend The Sun is Also a Star to anyone in need of a quick, unforgettable romance.

What did you think of the book? Do you like books that have unique themes? Are you looking forward to the Everything, Everything movie?

Top 6 Favorite Books of Ever

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For one of my first posts, I thought I would do something that kind of introduces me a little while sharing some books that are super great. Thus, I have settled upon six of my favorite books (and series) to share! It was very difficult for me to choose just six, but I have done it, and I hope you enjoy it! (The honorable mentions will be listed at the bottom because I still love them, too.) Side note: there is no particular order and I love all of my favorites equally. I have also compiled a list of some of the qualities I look for in a good book. So, to the lists we go!

*I am new to the wonderful world of book photography, so please try not to judge me too hard…

Best book qualities:

  • Dynamic & unique characters
  • Interesting & unpredictable plot
  • Writing with lots of details & imagery
  • Paints a masterpiece inside my head
  • Cute (but NOT overwhelming) romance
  • Includes a topic/thing I already enjoy
  • Provides a new perspective on something old
  • Aesthetically pleasing cover (I know, I know…)
  • Gripping summary/ informative blurb

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1. The Lunar Chronicles

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is an amazing series that incorporates retellings of classic fairy tales. It sends you to a futuristic world where cyborgs and all kinds of other crazy technology exists. Cinder, the main character (in the first book), is a cyborg who works at a mechanic booth to earn money for her evil stepmother. An unusual encounter with Prince Kai causes Cinder to become tied up in a war between the Earth and Luna (a society on the moon).

Each of the six books adds a new character, whom are all a part of a different fairy tale, excluding the last book, Stars Above. All of the characters contribute to the story in a different way, and they all play an important role. There are tons of super cute relationships, too! Overall, it’s a really great read, full of humor, romance, and fairy tales with a sci-fi twist. You can read the excerpts of all the books here. There’s also a coloring book that goes along with the series, and a new graphic novel that came out last month!

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2. Percy Jackson & The Olympians

I know this is a very well-loved series, but I’m going to say it again. This was probably one of the first books that really got me hooked on reading. I enjoyed the sarcastic remarks and extremely relatable characters. They had magic powers and gods for parents, but so what? Their lives were super easy to relate to, especially in the way the Riordan wrote. His works are hilarious, passionate, and meaningful. This is a must-read book for people of all ages.

Even the second series is great, The Heroes of Olympus. It maintains that level of humor while adding new twists and turns. Even more characters are introduced, and they all became so dear to me. I also loved the fact that I learned a bunch of stuff about Greek Gods, and I didn’t eve know it! Thank you, Rick Riordan, for creating such a wonderful masterpiece! You can read the excerpts of the books here.

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3. The Illuminae Files

This is a fairly new series, but it is powerful. I came across Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, at the bookstore, and the cover caught my eye. It’s extremely bright, so it drew me in. I was definitely not disappointed. It is written through various types of media, including emails, video surveillance, personal messages, and images made of words. This style of writing is not something I have seen before, but I loved it! The pictures add so much effect, and the book really wouldn’t be the same without it.

It is about Kady and Ezra, who have recently broke up. Unfortunately, their planet is attacked and people are forced to evacuate into spaceships. Everything basically goes wrong from there. Luckily, pictures and fun text makes it all better, right? Anyways, I instantly fell in love with the book. The second book, Gemina, adds new characters with completely different goals. There is also a ton of science jargon (which I found super cool because I’m a nerd). The next book is scheduled to release in October of 2017, and I shall wait eagerly! The excerpt of the book can be found here.

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4. Harry Potter

I know that you’re thinking Harry Potter is such an over talked about series, but it really is great! Rowling’s writing is beautiful and very detailed, and her characters are vivid with realistic personalities. You can relate to them and their everyday problems, despite the fact that they live in a magical world. Speaking of magical worlds, who doesn’t love a place where you can say something and then whatever task is done for you? A dream come true for lazy people, am I right! (I would know, as I am practically the queen of lazy).

Overall, it’s definitely worth your time if you have not read it yet. The writing, the world, and the characters are all fantastic, and you will instantly fall in love. Harry will make you wish to be a part of his world, and his friends will make you appreciate the power of friendship and love and the will to do good. It’s definitely worth the hype, and certainly deserves it.

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5. The Legend Trilogy

Marie Lu’s Legend was an award nominee several years ago in my state, and I heard many good things about it. I decided to give it a try, and I fell in love. The rest of the trilogy did not disappoint either. Day is a criminal mastermind evading the law, while June is a well-educated young lady working for the military. Their futuristic society is fully equipped with a corrupt government and young people causing a revolution. Seems stereotypical, but the book is far from it.

I love, love, love the characters, and their relationship is adorable! You can relate to them, and the alternating POV allows you to connect to each character. Also, Day’s sections are printed in colored text that corresponds to the cover, which is fun. The cliffhangers and the ending might destroy you, but it’s totally worth it! I soared through these books, a little too quickly, unfortunately. Definitely will be a re-read for me in the future. If you’re looking for a good dystopian read, give Legend a try. You can read the blurbs here.

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Unfortunately, I do not own a copy of We Were Liars, so I could not take a picture of it.

6. We Were Liars

This book basically ruined my life for a few days. It was SO powerful and emotional. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is phenomenal, gripping, and crazy good. I had a hard time figuring out what it was about, but I now believe that it is better to go in blind. I will say that Cadence is from a rich family, and they all spend the summer on an island. Stuff happens… and BOOM, plot twist. You will not even see it coming, dear friend.

I have seen many mixed reviews on this one, it seems people either love it or hate it. I just happen to adore it. The writing style was really unique. It was raw and full of emotion. Some readers said it was choppy and difficult to understand, but I thought that it was more powerful and meaningful that way. It showed more of the kind of person that Cadence is. I would HIGHLY recommend this one, at least give it a try. This book provides an experience that you do not want to miss. You can read (a very vague) summary here.

Honorable Mentions

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Maximum Ride by James Patterson
  • Virals by Kathy Reichs
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  • The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Chat with me! What are some of your favorite books? What qualities do you look for in a good book? What makes a book favorite-worthy?

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