Being a lover of Young Adult novels since I was a young adult myself (go figure!), I knew I was in for a treat when I finally got round to reading The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Of course, I felt that I was the last person to have got my hands on this book, as it seems like everyone in the #bookstagram community has already picked up a copy.
Having previously read Everything Everything by Yoon, I had some idea what I was getting into, and I was not disappointed. The story of Daniel and Natasha was just the right amount of cheesy, heart-warming and angsty that I couldn’t help but finish it within one day.
Daniel, a second generation Korean immigrant, and Natasha, a first generation Jamaican undocumented immigrant, are bought together on Natasha’s last day in the USA before she and her family are deported back to Jamaica. Is it fate or just coincidence that they bump into each other?
Sure, it a love story and explores the sheer disappointment one feels of ‘right person wrong time’. But more than this, the is novel a testament to how engaging a YA novel can be, but it manages to seamlessly merge multiperspectivity with nuggets of scientific information and collective histories. From a brief introduction to black hair care and the deep rooted problematic history of these practices to diving into the multiverse theorem, TSIAAS has it all.
It also captures the ecstasy of finding what Pheobe Buffet would call ‘your lobster’ and slowly falling in love. Sure, the book takes place over one single day, but the pleasure of finding out nuances about that one person you’re sure you need to be with makes it feel like Daniel and Natasha’s love spans decades.
And in some ways, it does. The book ends with just the right amount of pay-off, the secondary characters all have their loose ends tied up, but Natasha and Daniel’s final chance in counter ended the book in just the right way for me. Not too sad, with just enough ‘what if?’ that has driven the book so far.