Book Review | The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

Title: The Sun Is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Pages: 384 ( approx. 8 hours)

Format: audiobook

Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: November 1, 2016

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

  • Korean/Black Relationship – Fun fact! I think this is one of the first books I’ve read with a Korean/Black relationship! Pretty cool. If you know a little about Nicola Yoon’s background, she is African American and her husband is actually Korean! Knowing that, it made the relationship a little more enjoyable for me. I love when author’s use their own personal life and what they know from their everyday lives and transform it into a completely different love story. I also believe Nicola Yoon is from Jamaica too! But don’t quote me on that.
  • The Ending – I thought the last 10-ish pages (10 minutes) for me were the best parts of the book. No, it is not just because I wanted it to be over, that’s only a small part. But no really, I loved the ending. I never try and give anything away, but it was a nice, DIFFERENT, way to end things.
  • The Pacing – This book flew by. Yes, I was reading the audiobook, but still! Time flew by and I was seriously shocked the book never really lost its pace.
  • The Cover – I have adored this cover since the first time I saw it and LOVED IT! It is so beautiful and also looks like something I could recreate with yarn… if I had the time or the patience.
  • Insta-love – I knew this was the trope going into it. I get it! It’s one of my most hated tropes. BUT! I was hoping it wouldn’t be a full-blown out relationship, and it would be a book where it’s kind of like… the start of something good? Am I making any sense? Well, if you understand what I’m trying to say, just know that did not happen in this book and I was disappointed.
  • Relationship – The relationship was okay. It wasn’t really anything to fangirl over or like adore or wish I had that or anything. It was just meh, and TBH, there were some parts that the whole making out and the relationship seemed… forced? It was cringey.
  • The Writing – The writing was a little off, especially after reading her first book, it just wasn’t the same. It didn’t pull me in like Everything, Everything did and I just ended up not really caring about the characters.
  • The Voice-Actors – I remembered some of these voice actors, especially who ever voiced Natasha. She was the Death-Cast girl from They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera, and I LOVED her voice in that. So much actually, that whenever Natasha talked, I thought she was telling me someone is dying today. Not a reason why I disliked the book so much, but definitely a reason why it made it very difficult to listen to for me.
  • Got Boring – The beginning started off really promising, but at the 60% point, I had just lost all interest. It got the point where I was just kind of begging for it to be over.

⭐⭐/5

Ehh, no. I wouldn’t. I mean if you don’t mind insta-love and actually love insta-love, then YES. This is for you, but for people like me who hate that trope in books…. no, I wouldn’t recommend. Sorry guys! I wanted to like this, but I just couldn’t. Honestly, most of the book is forgettable except the ending. The ending is really the only part that impacted me in any way whatsoever.


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