Title: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon Review by Snigda Gupta
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Romance
The book has two main characters, Daniel and Natasha. Yoon focuses mainly on these two characters alternating chapters with their points of views. However, she will sometimes add in the viewpoint of a seemingly insignificant character at random points in the story. Nicola Yoon spins the web of their short love story, that is destined to last no more than a few hours in a single day.
Daniel: The youngest son out of two, he is pretty introverted. Daniel is Korean and feels a great amount of pressure from his stereotypical Asian parents. Being forced to go to Harvard, becoming a doctor, and only dating Korean girls are only some of the limits Daniel’s parents have placed upon him. And today, he’s on his way to his Harvard interview.
Natasha: She is the older sister of a “non-dreamer” brother. Natasha has already faced many disappointments in her life, and her father is one of the biggest ones. And today, she must fix his biggest mistake, driving drunk, and forcing her family to deport back to Jamaica. The poor girl is devastated as she travels on her journey to find someone who will help them stay in the US before she has to leave. Little did these two, very different people know that their paths would cross on the most important day of both their lives. Daniel falls for Natasha suddenly and hopelessly, while Natasha is the true cynic of all dreams and love.
My Thoughts: I thought this book was a great example of so many issues presented to us in society today. Deportation, racism, parent pressures, depression, suicide, failing marriages and stereotypes are only few of the causes of stress in today’s diverse community. This love story shows how there are ways to get around and even help others with a simple “thank you”, or “I love you”. Overall, I thought it was a very beautiful and eloquent of presenting all the problems in today’s world, and the book even presents a few simple solutions.