The Sun is also a Star, the second novel by Nicola Yoon, will give you all the feels. Yoon reminds us what it is like to be a Senior in high school facing the future. Being practical and being a dreamer go head to head in this novel of young love.
Meet Natasha, born in Jamaica, Science believer, and practical thinker who’s not sure of her future. Our second major protagonist is Daniel. He is a dreamer, romantic, hates his older brother and doesn’t want the future that has been laid out for him. A Sun is also a Star throws these to two together on what might be Natasha’s last day in the United States. As the two become acquaintances and meet again, we travel through several boroughs of New York City. The possible couple has various important errands to run and through this the reader learns about the cultures of each main character.
In my opinion this novel made a great weekend read. I absolutely love Natasha. She reminds me a lot of myself when I was in high school. Natasha is confident in what she knows, with no time for dreamy boys. She doesn’t believe in chance or destiny, but on this particular day, chance is exactly what happens to her. Some Korean American boy wearing a suit and a red tie just happens to save her life (sort of). So what, she still has a very important appointment that may determine if her family gets deported or not. Fortunately or unfortunately, things just keep on happening. Daniel is supposed to go to second best school, but first he has to get his admission interview taken care of. “Oh, look at the cute girl over there. Man, her ‘fro is beautiful.” Daniel has plenty of time before his interview to try and make Natasha fall in love with him.
The Sun is also a Star is told from various viewpoints. In addition to Natasha and Daniel the reader gets a sprinkling of back story from minor characters whose actions or dialog are more important than the character themselves. Readers should note that there are some scenes that almost deal with teenage sex. Even though this is a young love story, The Sun is also a Star, tackles important issues such as illegal immigration, and race relations. What is a young Jamaican to do when her family moved her to the United States now her Dad’s problems might be sending her to a place she doesn’t know as home? This question is the center of the plot and through teen dialogue and narration Natasha answers how she would handle the situation.
Teens, young adults, and fans of young adult literature will appreciate this book. Tough issues are tackled via characters readers can identify with. The Sun is also A Star is an honest tale of love, diversity, and adversity.