The Sun Is Also a Star (Review)



“I was overwhelmed with a bunch of emotions, I was happy, angry, sad. I was even pretty mad at it a couple times, but overall, it just gets you with a lot of emotions.”

In this adventurous novel, readers travel along with the main characters in New York City. Feeling the lurches and thrills of the crazy rollercoaster ride that is, “The Sun Is Also a Star,” they experience a mix of emotions while reading.

Yoon named the book, “The Sun Is Also a Star,” because she is a huge fan of scientist Carl Sagan, who she admired for his belief that science could also be beautiful.

So, she looked up Carl Sagan quotes and found one where he laments the fact that some of his undergraduate students didn’t know that the sun is a star, and she knew that would be her title.

The book is about a girl named Natasha, who is science-based and a boy named Daniel who is on the poetic side.

They experience very different lives. Natasha lives in a small apartment and works on keeping her family in America, while Daniel hopes to attend college at Yale and his family owns a black hair care store.

Both have family issues and are trying their best to work through them. That is all you can really do, push through and give it your best. Natasha’s family is about to be deported back to Jamaica and Daniel is trying to get his future in check, but nothing really ever happens the way that we plan for it to.

Natasha portrays the more logical way; she is all facts and science. She does not believe in destiny or fate, let alone falling in love with someone in less than 12 hours. Daniel portrays the poetic way, the one who believes with the right person time does not matter. A mere 12 hours is all you really need. In other words, they are two completely different thinking people but when put together, in a way, they are complete.

The way the words flow through the book keeps the reader drawn to knowing what comes next. It jumps chapter to chapter into their perspectives. In that way, readers know what Natasha and Daniel are thinking. The chapters vary in length and are not too long, yet they give just enough to make you want more.

This genre argues that all it really takes is one day. That every little moment in life leads up to a single moment that has a million possible futures that can happen. Which one really happens is where the story begins.

It manifests that to truly understand someone’s situation, you have to know their past experiences and understand how they make their decisions. That what you see is not always what you get.

We see ourselves in this realistic fiction novel. Natasha and Daniel meet on a street and for the day find themselves together. They have realistic families and family arguments that many readers can probably relate to, like Daniel’s pressure from his family to get into a good college and to get a good job when in reality he just wants to be a poet.

Overall, the book is pretty good, and once I picked it up, I had a hard time putting it down. It left me wanting to know what was going to happen next and wondering about the possible endings.

This romantic novel, although fiction, could happen and that makes it enjoyable.

Seeing that life goes on, even when you want it to slow down, inspires readers to believe that they never know what will come around.  

If you are not sure if you should read the book, read it. At first, you may not like it, but once you get reading in-depth, you will invest in the characters. It will be hard to stop.

The ending is something that one does not see coming but leaves the mind full of endless possibilities. It demonstrates that the world works in mysterious ways, that you may see someone who you never thought you would or how one person doing something sets off a butterfly effect on everyone around.

“The Sun Is Also A Star,” while it may be a little cheesy mystical, is overall a book worth reading.

It is realistic enough to maybe happen but also enough to get lost and away from reality.