Book Reviews

The Sun Is Also A Star: Book Review

Title: The Sun Is Also A Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Published: April 16th 2019 (first published November 1st 2016)

Publisher: Ember

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Official Summary:

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?


Rating: 3 out of 5.

By the end of this book, I was tired of Headlines and poorly written Jamaican Patois. However, I have come to realise that I just might like Romance Novels. At first, I didn’t enjoy the way the book was structured, the constant shift is Point Of Views with so little from each person almost caused me to put the book down but after a couple more pages I understood. I understood why it was structured and I understood why it works, it reflects what Natasha and Daniel realise and think about during the course of the novel, that the world doesn’t revolve around them it keeps going and other people have thoughts and problems too. Unlike Daniel, I don’t believe you can fall in love in one day but it was enjoyable to watch(read?) this pair try. I recommend giving this book a read.

I was actually quite disappointed reading the “patois” in this book. I know its hard to right but I’ve seen it written better by people who aren’t from Jamaica. I thought Nicola Yoon being a Jamaican would’ve come closer to putting the dialect on paper. Patois isn’t speaking Standard English and using the wrong tense or something. It’s creole it’s a whole other language and it could have been better. Judgements aside it was a really good book and an enjoyable read. The story really made up for the “patois”.

That’s Everything, Danielle.

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