I finally got a chance to check out The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon!
Natasha’s family is getting deported, and she has only one day to figure out a way to stop it. Daniel has the most important meeting of his young life today, where his acceptance to Yale will be decided. A chance meeting puts the two teens together, where their problems get mixed up with a powerful whirlwind romance.
Wow, what a unique book! I’ve never read anything quite like it. :O I’ve read books that switch POV, but this one is arranged in zillions of micro-chapters that flip back and forth between the two main characters constantly, as well as occasionally getting in the heads of random strangers they encounter. It took me a few chapters to get used to the super fast flow and constant switching. The story is also very funny, and I laughed out loud quite a few times.
I can’t comment on the quality of the romance, because love at first sight is something I’ve never experienced…it takes weeks or months for me to develop romantic feelings for someone! I do like that the two characters are from different backgrounds — he’s an undocumented Jamaican immigrant, while he is a second-generation Korean immigrant — but at the same time, their situations have some similarities. The relationships of each character to their family is as important to the story as the romance is, and honestly I found that part more interesting than the love story.
This book does a great job of showing the unique experience of being the child of immigrants. Natasha has lived most of her life in America, and being sent back to Jamaica is like being sent to an alien place that’s nothing like home. Daniel’s parents are super demanding, and have decided the course of his life without his input. Each one is in a similar family situation, but each with its own specific difficulties.
One small thing I really liked about the book was that it would occasionally step away from the characters to have a “fun fact” type chapter that gives information on one subject or another. The most interesting one was about black hair, where I learned why most black hair care shops are Korean-owned. Weird but interesting!
My only complaint about the book is that all of the side character vignettes are sad. Every time we see the story of a stranger, such as a USCIS agent, a car driver or waitress, their story is depressing. It makes it seem like every single person in New York is in a constant state of misery. ;_;
One other little thing – what the heck does it mean when Natasha says her mother “kisses her teeth”? I’ve never heard that expression before…is it describing a “tsk” sound?
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The middle section, which is the part most dedicated to the love story, is a teensy bit boring (for me). But I think this writer has amazing talent, and I’m curious to see what she comes out with next!
Also, I loved this quote: “Something about being with her makes me my best self.” That’s exactly what I feel like a perfect relationship would be like…two people who lift each other up and bring out the best in each other. ❤ #relationshipgoals
Cover Report: I absolutely love this cover! It’s a photgraph of a piece of string art that uses red, purple and yellow threads to spell out the title of the book. Very unique and eye-catching! I give this cover an A.
Typo Police: No typos found.
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