#BookReview: The Sun is Also a Star

“Now is the time to go ahead and pursue that love interest!”

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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5 stars

Pros:

  • Quick pace
  • Timely discussion (immigration issues, cross-cultural relationships)
  • Love story


Cons:

  • Different narrative formats (could be disorienting for some)
  • Belieavability about love at first sight (for those who don’t think it exists)

The Sun is Also a Star is an amazing book. I love how it deals with really sensitive issues like immigration and deportation in a caring and authentic way. Kudos to Yoon for bringing light to a sometimes hidden segment of the population!

I’m also a sucker for a good love story. Albeit, it is a love at first sight tale, so readers who are skeptics might balk at the notion of sparks flying at the touch of fingers. I really like the  two main diverse characters, Natasha and Daniel, and admire how Yoon portrayed them in three-dimensional, detailed ways.

The structure of the book is also interesting. This is a page-turner that explores different forms. Sometimes you’re in one of the main character’s heads, but other times, you follow a side character or even see from an omniscient perspective. I didn’t mind the quick shifting, and this moving around might actually appeal to those with short attention spans. The Sun is Also a Star also adds interesting science tidbits, which as a self-professed nerd, were extra goodies for me to discover.

Overall, a beautiful and immersive read.

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Comments

  1. This book is on my to-read list since I read an excerpt a few weeks ago. Being myself an immigrant I am sure to find an echo to my own experience (although drastically different from deported immigrants, of course) and I also like it when an author tries different storytelling styles. Thank you, Jennifer for highlighting such a timely novel.

  2. Nicki Chen says:

    It sounds good. I’m going to put it on my list.

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