Confession. I listened to the majority of this book via audiobook—it’s what happens when my TBR pile and due dates expands beyond my reach. The audiobook book brought the book to life in a completely different way.
I loved the different formatting of The Sun is Also a Star. The story is told in both Daniel and Natasha’s voices—alternating back and forth between chapters (the audiobook has different voices for the two characters). Also, between each chapters are mini histories and quick stories on other characters that our two protagonists meet throughout their day in New York City.
Yes. For the most part, this book is just one day. It’s Natasha’s worst day of her life. As an undocumented immigrant, she and her family are being sent back to Jamaica. Daniel, is having a day much like any other. He’s picked on by his older, jerk brother while his Korean mother bugs him about getting a hair cut for his interview for the “second best school” (Yale—Harvard being the first best school). Both teens lives are changed when they chance a meeting, and then another. Kicking off a series of events that pull them together making them forever question what they once knew about love.
I loved how all the stories intertwined throughout the story. How this one decision—however small, made a ripple in this life. I loved the mini coincidences peppered throughout this story. At the end, the story overall seemed a little angsty, but never the less still a good read.
More about Nicola Yoon:
Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason.