The "The Sun is Also A Star" by Nicola Yoon took me on an emotional roller coaster containing fate, love, science, poetry and immigration, all within the time span of twelve hours, Natasha and Daniel fall irrevocably in love. Natasha only believes in the scientific, things she can quantify and she definitely does not believe in love, she only believes in fact. Fact, Natasha is an illegal immigrant and her entire family is being deported to Jamaica the following day. This fact alone results in Natasha deeming Daniel as waste of time with his poetic hopeful nature. Both parties are from completely different walks of life, Daniel is on his way to an Ivy League interview that his Korean parents are forcing him to go to while Natasha is about to be deported, however even with the seemingly different paths, the Universe has conspired to get these two together and will do so no matter how many crazy coincidences have to happen.
One of the best parts about this book is the way in which it is narrated, not only does it switch between Natasha and Daniel but Nicola Yoon interjects short histories of things that are mentioned in the chapters. For example Yoon includes a History of Natural Hair a History of Natasha's father and short anecdotes and backstories on people that Natasha and Daniel cross paths with. This narration clearly conveys that the book is somewhat told from the Universes point of view, I was intrigued by these backstory anecdotes because they allow the reader to understand why the characters are the way they are.
While Daniel is convinced that he and Natasha will fall in love, thanks to his scientific list of steps that guarantee falling in love, while Natasha tries her hardest at one final attempt to stop the deportation. Despite Natasha's effort in not falling in or believing in love with Daniel, she cant help but fall for Daniels hopeful pure nature, honestly I have to say even I fell in love with Daniels earnest sarcastic personality.
While this book may be a sappy love story all does not turn out well for the young couple when the deportation cannot be stopped, Natasha and Daniel are forced to part ways, I especially liked the reality within Natasha and Daniels thoughts. They did not expect to stay in contact because they know that time and distance are a relationships worst enemy. The two live they're lives and know they can move on without each other. The realness within Natasha and Daniels thoughts was refreshing, it shows that this book doesn't exist in a world where everything always works out right away. This book way particularly refreshing because not many Young Adult books are centered around immigration.
The end of the book it is tied together perfectly, the universe is conspiring yet again by bringing Natasha and Daniel together in a wild coincidence that really made me strongly believe in the Universes many dimensions in which things turn out differently. I now wholeheartedly believe that the Universe conspires to give us exactly what we need. The end of the book truly embodies the saying "If you love something set it free and if it was truly yours it will come back to you".
Nicola Yoon created something very special within the pages of "The Sun is Also a Star" I highly recommend this book for dreamers like Daniel or scientists like Natasha to be amazed by the Universes ways of conspiring.