The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – Book Review

Title: The Sun is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Genre/Themes: Contemporary YA Romance, Family, Falling in Love, Immigration

Blurb from Goodreads

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? 

My Review

It’s no secret that I didn’t like Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon because it was an absolute train wreck when it came to sensitive portrayal of illness and disability. Just thinking about that ableist ending right now makes my blood boil.

But The Sun is Also a Star was a book group read so I ended up reading a second Nicola Yoon novel which I really thought would never happen!

Anyway! The song title of one of my favourite Whitney Houston songs springs to mind when I think back on the plot of The Sun is Also a Star… that is “Didn’t We Almost Have it All

This book COULD have had it all. Nicola Yoon once again showed that she has wonderful ideas in addition to a lovely way of writing her books. She’s a natural born storyteller.

This book covered a whole range of important topics especially immigration and of racism. There was also a plot line that discussed parental depression. There was talk of personal rebellion. There were beautiful moments of self acceptance. There was a wonderfully diverse cast of characters.

There was sooooooo much potential!

But!!! What happened??????

Coulda. Woulda. Shoulda.

These incredibly relevant and important topics, and the characters affected by such, were completely drowned by so much sugary sweet syrup that this book turned into yet another hackneyed, overly clichéd YA contemporary.

The novel disappointingly gave us one dimensional characters and a painfully unrealistic love story laden with too many ridiculous cliches… I could have maybe bought it if the characters had described it as more of an instant connection grounded in a likability factor. But please do not talk about an all encompassing love within 2 seconds of meeting.

I love to see books that tell stories of minorities and disenfranchised getting the spotlight and so this novel definitely gets brownie points for its diversity and inclusivity.

But what I would have given for there to be just a little more grit to the writing of this novel. I’m not looking for death and destruction. I just need a little less sugar. I mean books like this one will only make our teeth rot!!!!!

Less simply mentioning the buzz worry themes and more exploration of them please. DEPTH!!!!! This was all so shallow.

Please dear Nicola Yoon, you have the talent to craft interesting stories. Next time take those beautiful ideas of yours and go diving in the deep end with them, and both your plotlines and characters will be all the more richer for it.

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5 thoughts on “The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – Book Review

  1. Another book I wasn’t a fan of either. I mean it wasn’t terrible but just an ok read for me, was definitely expecting more after all the hype!! Great review Éimhear!!


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