The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon is “the story of a girl, a boy, and the universe” according to the inside cover. It’s an average young adult romance novel.
There’s two main characters, Natasha and Daniel. Natasha is a science and fact oriented gal. She doesn’t believe in fate or destiny. Natasha and her family are from Jamaica, and they are set to be deported because of her father’s drunken admission of their illegal status to a cop. She thinks meeting Daniel is just a coincidence.
Daniel is a dreamer, art loving and passionate Korean-American 17 year old. He dreams of being a poet, but his parents have higher expectations, Yale. He believes in fate and found God on a train to the city. He believes meeting Natasha is destiny.
Without spoiling the whole book and ruining the experience for all those interested, the basic plot is, Natasha and Daniel cross paths and fall in love in a single, very messy day. Natasha and her family are deported back to Jamaica, Daniel tries desperately to keep in touch, but they slowly drift as Natasha acclimates to life in Jamaica. They reconnect abruptly on a plane ten years later, and that’s where it ends.
Overall, it was a well rounded and enthralling story, if a bit predictable at times. People magazine simply says, “beautifully crafted,” on the back cover. The tension of the plot increases with every chapter, and the story arc flows really nicely. “I really like how diverse the story was. It was really interesting and I couldn’t put it down,” says Kody Crisman, an RHS junior who also read the book.
It’s thought provoking, with its opposing character viewpoints of fate, destiny, and love, among other things. It incites a number of emotions in regards to the characters, most notably sympathy/empathy for their family situations and life problems.
The only qualm is the minor instances of predictability. There may be a few points in the story that seem recycled or recurring if you’re an avid young adult romance reader. There’s a few classic tropes, but they don’t make the story unenjoyable, and overall it’s a more interesting and diverse plotline than many of the popular young adult romance novels in the literature world at this point in time