Do you like book to movie adaptations? I love seeing my favorite books come to life on the big screen (if they’re done right). Although I watched the movie first while I was waiting on the book to come in off hold, I finally read it!
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: YA Contemporary
Rating: 3 stars
Representation: Natasha is Jamaican and Daniel is Korean
Natasha doesn’t believe in love. And she especially doesn’t believe that Daniel, a total stranger, can make her fall in love with him in only one day. But since she’s being deported back to Jamaica tomorrow, she doesn’t see any harm in it. What Natasha doesn’t know is just how much that one day will mean to both her and Daniel.
I’m not a big fan of insta-love which is the premise of this book, but Yoon puts Natasha and Daniel in enough significant and cute moments that I didn’t totally mind it. Although they aren’t my favorite couple, I do like how they stick up for each other and push each other to be better versions of themselves. I think with enough time they could’ve been a really good couple, but in a way, I think their relationship means more since they only got a day.
One of my favorite parts was the family dynamic. There are plenty of YA books with parents who expect their children to be overachievers, but I think the balance between Daniel’s tough parents and Natasha’s distant ones provided the book a good balance. This also shaped each character’s worldview which I enjoyed seeing played out in their actions.
I also liked how we got to see a glimpse into some of the side character’s lives. I think this provided a good background for their side of the story, and it also made me think about how everyone I meet has a story of their own.
One of the themes of the book is fate, but I think the book relied too much on consequences for the different times that Daniel and Natasha met and some of the other plot points. While I’m willing to accept a few coincidences, I found a book that relied so heavily on them to be unrealistic.
Overall, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon was a sweet love story that showed the importance of seizing every day that you have, but the execution didn’t complete work for me.
What is one of your favorite tropes? I’m a sucker for fake dating and enemies to lovers. Until next time, happy reading!