Bring out your contemporary’s! This month I am reading a lot of different books and decided to start it off with The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon.
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?
The main reason I picked up this book was because the movie came out recently and I wanted to read it before I watched the movie to see if the movie could do the book justice. I am really glad I picked this book up!
It was told from multiple perspectives and the entirety of the book was spanned over just one day. It explores the life of Natasha whose family is getting deported and her struggle trying to do everything in her power to stay in America. It also follows Daniel as he is on his way to his interview to get into a prestigious school to become a doctor. Their paths cross by complete luck (or was it fate) and you see them get to know each other.
I love when books play off of the “everything happens for a reason” bit and it shows how everything is connected and how it all played out because of certain events. This and books involving time always get me.
I don’t necessarily believe in the whole Insta love thing but I could see how it was kind of essential for this book.
The ending was absolutely amazing! I can’t say anything because I refuse to spoil this book but if you do pick it up, go all the way to the end because it is worth it.
There were a lot of side characters in the book and my favorite character actually was one of these side characters. Daniel and Natasha would annoy me at times but in their own little ways.
Honestly, this was a fun, easy contemporary read and is great to pick up for the summer and read at the beach or on the patio.
Book Rating: 4/5
You can buy this book on Amazon and Book Depository or find it on Goodreads.
Disclaimer: I bought this book in physical format with my own money and read it because I wanted to.
Check out my May Wrap Up video where I talk about all the books I read in May and what I ended up thinking about them.
I want to read this book so bad!
It is really good and the chapters are very short in it so it is very easy to get through!
I’ll probably buy it next month🤞🏽
I think the paperback version is only like $10 – $12 so it’s not too pricey.
I spent all my money in a book sale earlier this month😂
I know the feeling! Books are my wallet’s weakness 😛
I loved the book so much 😘😍
Me too! It was really good.
Honestly, when I saw the movie trailer without reading or really *knowing* the book, I kind of went “erh…whatever” and wasn’t really interested at all.
This review however, does change things! Oooh how I love two POV’s and an insta-love done good (hell, you could say my relationship was based on insta love xD while also hitting the “met virtually” notes..) Throwing this on my want to read tbr!
I was hesitant due to the insta love too but the ending really made me like the book a lot. If you do read it, let me know because I want to talk to someone about it 😛
I guess I hadn’t realized this was a book, I’d heard of the movie, and I can see where sometimes insta-love is used for the greater good, and your enthusiasm about the ending has me thinking that maybe this’ll be a good read for me!
Awesome! I hope you like it.
This is on my list! Thanks for the very thorough review. I want to see the movie too!
I hope you like it 🙂
I’d read this book last year and I really liked it!! I related to the Jamaican/Caribbean aspects of it, given that’s where my family is from. But I also loved the story and characters. I still haven’t seen the movie lol.
I still have to see the movie and I hope it lives up to the book!