Book Review: Self-Discovery in “The Sun Is Also a Star”

Young adult books filled with adventure, romance and self discovery have dominated bookshelves and bestseller lists for years. Nicola Yoon’s 2016 novel The Sun Is Also a Star tells the story of two teenagers who meet on the streets of New York and fall in love. After reading Yoon’s debut novel, Everything, Everything, I had high expectations for this, her latest book, and was ecstatic that The Sun Is Also a Star met all of them. It has a very modern Romeo and Juliet vibe, with two random teenagers meeting by chance in a world that seemingly doesn’t want them to be together. Aspiring poet and hopeless romantic Daniel and analytical, scientific Natasha are drawn together by fate, each with their own baggage and beliefs. The clash of their ideas and personalities exemplifies an “opposites attract” relationship. As the young lovers’ story takes them across New York City, The Sun is Also a Star tackles racism, immigration and the unlikely possibility of falling in love. In a time when illegal immigration tops headlines of major newspapers nearly every day, this book gives a refreshing perspective of what it is like to be on the other end. In a world where teenagers obsess over college and their futures, the book gives an insight into the pressure of a teenager’s life. The Sun is Also a Star launches the reader into an epic love story full of sadness and exuberance, with protagonists that you can’t help but fall in love with.