Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Source: Blogging for Books
Release Date: November 1st 2016
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, General, New Experience, Romance, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
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’m usually on the lookout for books that a lot of people seem to be enjoying and THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR got my attention when it was nominated for Best Young Adult Fiction in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards. Like many others, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would even venture to say the hype is well deserved.
The characters are the strongest aspect of THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR. I would be hard pressed to try and find another contemporary novel with characters that feel as real as Daniel and Natasha do. They are seriously awesome, and I immediately formed a connection with both. We are also allowed little glimpses into the lives that have touched or affected Daniel and Natasha (or is it the other way around?) and these tidbits are well done and thought-provoking.
The story sort of reminds me of THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT mixed with Rainbow Rowell’s type of characters. It takes place over the course of a day but still manages to build a realistic romance and despite some doubts I had about it being similar to insta-love, I thought it was still somewhat believable. Although I personally haven’t experienced anything like that, who is to say no one has?
This book also tackles issues like diversity, family problems, racism, and immigration – things that are especially prominent today. This makes the book more complex as it delves deeper than an average young adult contemporary romance. The ending was a little abrupt but again, realistic.
Definitely recommended if you are a fan of the genre.