When romantic, Daniel Bae and fate-skeptical, Natasha Kingsley meet accidentally during what’s supposed to be Natasha’s last day in the U.S., it feels less significant than it turns out to be. They have a seemingly undeniable connection, but Natasha’s adherence to fact doesn’t allow her to truly believe in love or the power of circumstance. Daniel bets her that he can make her fall in love with him in one day, and the game is afoot.
Exploring the stress of deportation and being forced down what feels like the wrong career path–among many other troubles of modern teenhood–The Sun Is Also a Star has potential to resonate with a variety of demographics. If you love love and beautifully-written literature, it is a charming contemporary novel that you will surely enjoy. Nicola Yoon’s writing is rich in detail and easy to follow.
Repeated coincidences that always seem too good to be true make the book feel less realistic, but nonetheless losing yourself in Yoon’s dreamy narration is an effortless process. Themes of love and fate make this book relatable to many others, but in comparison to classic love stories, it is unique for its representation of mixed race couples and immigrants as well as for bringing light to many current events and issues.
If you are a fan of Yoon’s other novel, Everything, Everything, or of similar literary works–Call Me By Your Name, for example–you may like this sweet, romantic novel. One thing is for sure; by the end of the novel, Natasha believes in fate, and you will too.