Book Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon [66/100 * 2019]

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 
   

“There’s a Japanese phrase that I like: koi no yokan. It doesn’t mean love at first sight. It’s closer to love at second sight. It’s the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with them. Maybe you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.”

 
Read this book in participation for The Immortal Bibliophiles Book of the Month: June 2019.
Also, read this in AUDIOBOOK format.

📚 Series: No.
📚 Genre: Young Adult Romance.
📚 POV: Multiple.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.

⚠ Content Warnings: Racism. Deportation. Insta-love(ish). Parent-child dynamics. Sibling rivalry. Suicide/al thoughts. Accidents.

I have just finished reading this a few minutes ago and I am still quite speechless. It’s crazy how this book was a rollercoaster ride. And even though I was listening to this while doing my diamond painting, I still felt all the joy, frustration, love and hate from this great novel.

While Everything, Everything was just an okay read for me, I am 100% a fan of The Sun is Also a Star. It tells the story of Natasha, an undocumented immigrant who is trying to save her family from being deported back to Jamaica, and Daniel, a Korean-American who is dreading his interview for Yale (Pre-Med) and wants to be a poet instead. Things lead them to each other and they decide to spend their day together. Told in multiple POVs and a series of un/fortunate events, this book felt like a long rollercoaster ride.

 
   

“How can this be the same day? How can all these people be going about their lives totally oblivious to what’s been happening to mine? Sometimes your world shakes so hard, it’s difficult to imagine that everyone else isn’t feeling it too.”

First off, I love that it tackled biracial relationships and immigrant (both legal and undocumented) life conditions in the USA.

I loved the concept of happened-in-one-day novels. What should have felt like an insta-love translated to an effective character development.

I enjoyed the glimpse to both Jamaican and Korean cultures. Though I have some exposure to both, the meeting or fusion of both cultures were greatly executed.

I extremely love showcasing both ends of science and faith or rational vs. emotional. When both Daniel and Natasha were clashing with their beliefs, I loved hearing their opinions and was looking forward to them being influenced by each other.

One of the best things, though, that made me fall in love with this book is The Butterfly Effect narration style. The thought that many of our choices and decisions affect each others circumstances, and we have the power to influence what happens around us. It talks about chances and choices and destiny and fate.

The journey towards the ending was crazy, though. I have to admit I was crying really hard and I screamed in frustration that my dog was worried for me.

Thanking the author for the epilogue, because I would have been really sad if not for that. I really think I deserve a sequel for this, though. I fell in love with both Daniel and Natasha.

Also, very excited for the movie. I hope it does this book justice.

☁ THE CRITERIA ☁

🌻 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Hero:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Heroine:⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐✩
🌻 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Romance:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Pacing:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Ending:⭐⭐⭐⭐✩
🌻 Unputdownability:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Audiobook Production:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

☁FINAL VERDICT: 4.83/5 ☁

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