Book Review, Fiction, Young Adult

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

 

Excerpt 

Everything happens for a reason. This is a thing people say. My mom says it a lot. “Things happen for a reason, Tasha.” Usually people say it when something goes wrong, but not too wrong. 

A nonfatal car accident. A sprained ankle instead of a broken one. 

Tellingly, my mom has not said it in reference to our deportation. What reason could there be for this awful thing happening? My dad, whose fault this whole thing is says, “You can’t always see God’s plan.” I want to tell him that maybe he shouldn’t leave everything up to God and that hoping against hope is not a life strategy, but that would mean I would have to talk to him, and I don’t want to talk to him. 

People say things to make sense of the world. Secretly, in their heart of hearts, almost everyone believes that there’s some meaning, some willfulness to life. Fairness. Basic decency. Good things happen to good people. Bad things only happen to bad people. 

Review

Title: The Sun Is Also A Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Category: YA Fiction 

The Sun Is Also A Star is a novel based on two teenagers who coincidentally meet and fall in love with each other almost immediately.

Natasha- a Jamaican immigrant; believes in science and facts things she can quantify. Neither fate nor dreams.

Daniel- a Korean American; loves poetry, believes in love and is determined to make Natasha fall in love with him using a scientific list.

The story is based on events that take place in a single day. Matter of fact, hours! The two meet when each is on a mission to determine their future. Natasha’s trying to find a way in which her family won’t be deported back to Jamaica following their illegal immigration to the U.S.

Daniel on the hand is scheduled for an interview to determine his future career course at one of the most prestigious university in U.S, Yale University. His parents are determined to see that their sons, (Daniel and his brother Charlie) take Medicine in university and will stop at nothing in making sure that their sons follow the path they think is right for them.

The book is entirely based on fate that will lead up to events which are connected eerily to the two. From the fact the two have appointments with the same lawyer to the hurdles they have to keep up with from their families. Daniel’s father is adamant of Daniels relationship with Natasha because of her race, and so is Natasha’s father when they introduce each other to their families

Natasha’s case goes wearily since her lawyer; Jeremy Fitzgerald fails to meet with the judge who would have been somewhat of help to Natasha’s family deportation notice.

Natasha leaves America for her mother country Jamaica but tries to stay in touch with Daniel. Along the way, the communication wears out and the two move on with their lives (though still thinking of each other). As fate will have it, they reconnect again, ten years later on a plane and readers are left to believe that they pick from where they had left.

The Sun Is Also A Star is an exciting Scifi kinda book which infuses fantasy and science together. This is a perfect read for this month of love, and I’d recommend it to those who are looking forward to get lost in the world of love; those who just need to take a break and delve into YA books and more so the hopeless romantic. I got the book from my beloved online twitter book club, the ‘Reading Club‘ which was January’s 3rd week read.

When asked during an interview, Nicola Yoon said, I wrote this book for anyone who’s ever desperately searched for meaning. For everyone who asks the big questions. For all the dreamers and questioners.” 

The readers also get to have a glimpse of the Author’s ‘Everything Everything’ book. From the few pages inserted, it’s so easy to tell the book is based on a sad scenario. Something similar, if not close to ‘The Fault In Our Stars.’ Sounds intriguing right? But am not looking forward to sad stories now. So I’ll save that for later.

With that said, I wish you and yours a Happy Valentines day.

Love and light

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