3 Star #Review ~ The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Posted March 25, 2017 by Michelle in Review / 11 Comments

I received this book for free from Purchased, Uppercase Box in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3 Star #Review ~ The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola YoonThe Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Press on November 1st 2016
Genres: Family & Relationships, Love & Romance, People & Places, Romance, Social Issues, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 348
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased, Uppercase Box
Goodreads
three-stars

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?

I am not sure this book was what I expected. I liked it but I did not love it. I know it has some good reviews and the book was good but I had a LOT of issues. The Sun is also a Star isn’t a typical read. Each chapter is in a different POV, it jumps between Natasha and Daniel and sometimes it has other people’s POV or random fact. I wasn’t sure I really liked this and I honestly didn’t feel it added anything to the book, it just sort of made it drag more (I may or may not have skimmed these parts).

The story revolves around the lives of Daniel and Natasha, the time frame is one day. I have no idea how they were able to do so much in a day. Like really, it was almost unbelievable, they eat at two restaurants, rode the subway (multiple times), walked a bunch of city blocks,  went back home twice (about 20 minute ride both ways), had an interview, lawyer appointment, trip to the museum, etc. Like really they did a lot. The story also has insta-love but it’s done different, it also revolves around fate or destiny. I believe in love at first sight, I did with my husband (seriously it was) but this just seemed so over the top. I just couldn’t get behind what was going on. The real kicker is the twist and I hated it…yup, I hated the last handful of chapters at the end of this book. Now, it’s not because it didn’t go how I wanted but with all that build up, I just didn’t get the end, I really didn’t and the last page, I almost physically threw the book.

The positive is the character build is fantastic, you really felt for both Daniel and Natasha, I actually liked reading in Daniels POV. He was just a really funny guy and I just loved the voice she gave him. I liked Natasha, just not as much as I would have liked, I am not sure why. I felt so bad for her but I think her hot and cold attitude is what threw me off.  I had more of an issue with the relationship  between the two characters more than anything. I found the entire thing sort of forced and very strange. Like it takes more than a day to really get to know someone. At some points Daniel even mentioned that and I kept thinking but then this doesn’t really doesn’t make sense. If you know you don’t know her, how can you be so in love with her, like the way he was? (You need to read the book to see what I mean, I can’t give anything away even though I am DYING to)

With the state of the world I wont even express my opinion on the deportation or racism in the book because I don’t want it taken wrong. Everyone has different beliefs, I felt bad for both families and I will leave it at that. This book really is perfect for what is going on in the world now.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad read. I did enjoy, to a point, the characters. The story was interesting but extremely frustrating. This is a book that I believe will be hit or miss. I never read any of Nicola Yoon’s other books (I think she has one) I don’t think this will be my last book from her. I would love to read more from her. I do recommend, if you aren’t sure if you should read it I think you should give it a try and then send me a message so we can chat about it. 🙂




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11 responses to “3 Star #Review ~ The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

  1. I’m sorry this wasn’t a great read, Michelle. I think that multiple POVs sometimes make it very hard to connect to any character and if you don’t connect to the character, why would you care about their story?!? I’m glad it did have a few redeeming points – I’m glad you enjoyed Daniel. I like funny guys. 🙂
    I hope you’re having a great week! I’m so behind and out of touch with two different weeks for spring break (Sky’s was ahead of Berk & Jax’s). I miss your face, girlie!! {{{hugs}}}

    • It happens. I think others will enjoy it. I might have read to much into it 🙂
      Don’t feel bad, I have been out of the loop for the last two weeks! I miss your face too!!! (((Hugs)))

  2. Multiple POV’s can be hit or miss. And I always hate it when characters seem to do more than you actually physically could in a day or certain timeframe. I always wonder don’t the author or the editor realize this is an issue?? I’m just not sure about this one. I don’t usually read romances or current issue books (I know this isn’t just that) but I keep seeing it too. Nice review though, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    • I’m pretty sure giving this 3 stars was being nice but I didn’t hate it. I DO NOT think you would enjoy this book at all.

  3. I read Everything Everything and thought it was well written but that it wasn’t for me. I’d seen some positive reviews of this one as well and thought about giving it a try but with all the POV jumping and the overfull day time frame I don’t think I’d like this one either. Great review!

    • The jumping didn’t bother me as much it was more the pointless fill in chapters and I get why she did it but once I got to the end all of that just seemed like it didn’t matter anymore and really felt like I wasted my time reading it.

  4. It does sound well written, but like it didn’t fully work for you. I kinda find it interesting that the book takes place in one day, but I do think it would be hard to fully believe the romance because of that. And it sounds like they do a lot in one day. It’s a shame when the end isn’t how you wanted it to.

    • It was very well written and I think in any other trope I might have liked it written that way. This was just not my kind of book. I think I was missing the point, maybe because it was young teen love. They way it ended, made the rest of the book pointless.

  5. Sorry there were some things that ou didn’t love here. I still have this one to get to and I am interested in whatI will think. It does sound like a lot of things to pack into a day!! Great review!

    • I would LOVE to see what you think of this. I think I was just having a hard time with the believing of it all but maybe I was taking it the wrong way.