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The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

61lYsaAa7eLThe Sun Is Also A Star
Nicola Yoon
Publication Date: 1st November 2016
Pages: 386 pages
Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9780385683685
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 2/5 Stars

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 would just like to start this review out by saying I am so so sorry for not posting in 3 weeks. I have been busy with school and my exams and stuff. I will try to post more regularly in the future, and I will probably set up a schedule. So thank you for bearing with me. Now, let’s start with the review :).

I did not like this book at all, I had very high expectations after Everything, Everything and sadly this book let down those expectations.

This novel moves between two narrators: Daniel and Natasha. Daniel is a Korean immigrant who is struggling with his parents’ expectations that he go to Yale and become a doctor. Natasha and her family are illegals being deported to Jamaica immediately unless they can find some last minute assistance to allow them to remain in the United States.

These two teenagers meet and have only a day together, yet both fall in love. I wanted Natasha and Daniel to have a happily ever after, for Daniel to be able to forge his own path, for Natasha’s family to be allowed to remain in the United States.

This book was a very quick read, but in some ways I feel like the short chapters and speed of the story prevented me from being totally invested in Natasha and Daniel. I hated the ending, I have always hated endings that are vague and this one was incredibly vague. I mean to be honest, you can’t really expect Natasha’s family to all of a sudden not have to be deported back to Jamaica, but the ending was a huge let down and incredibly unbelievable. 

This book is definitely for those who are huge romantics and I am a huge romantic, I totally believe in that instalove and just knowing. But, this book tried to make a scientific case for instalove and I hated that. Yes, there probably is a scientific reasoning for love and all that, but I don’t really care to be honest.

The story alternated between Natasha and Daniel and then also random characters who they met, I found this really annoying but also quite cool. The reasons for why these characters reacted to Natasha and Daniel made the decisions that they made make more sense. However, I sometimes just wished that the author would just get on with the story.

While I loved the romance, the other aspects completely ruined the story for me. This just became one of those stories that I want to put down and stop reading after the first few chapters. I kept on reading it so that I could write a proper review for you guys.

I would not recommend this book, but if you don’t mind the points I talked about in this review than please read this novel and tell me what you think in the comment section below. 😉 🙂

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