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?
Author: Nicola Yoon
Part of a Series: No. Standalone.
Release Date: November, 1, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
No. of Pages: 344 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Serendipity, Realistic Fiction
I received an ARC of this book from Penguin Random House which in no way swayed my opinion about the story.
Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, Everything, Everything, happens to be one of my most favorite books ever. It’s short, sweet, with a simple story line, and characters who are extremely lovable and absolutely easy to root for. I wasn’t even halfway through the book that I realized that she has an impeccable talent in telling a story. I’m more than grateful to Penguin Random House for allowing me to read, review, and host a PH Blog Tour for Nicola’s sophomore novel, The Sun Is Also A Star.
I am in love with the notion that “everything happens for a reason”, and I fell in love with the premise of this book. I loved how all throughout the book, both Natasha and Daniel, our main characters, were both thinking to themselves that what’s meant to happen WILL happen. That alone reeled me in. I adore the idea of a story proving the inevitability of sweet serendipity, and to be honest, it’s Nicola Yoon! I just know that it’ll be a great and heartwarming book.
Another thing that I must confess is that I didn’t know that I would love this book as much as I loved Everything, Everything, mainly because there weren’t cute doodles to help in telling the story. But, I am proud to say that Nicola’s writing has not changed. Improved, yes, but she’s still able to lure readers in, me in particular, without even having to put too much effort. She did a wonderful job making me believe that everything truly happens for a reason. I read this book because I wanted to prove the genuinity of serendipity, and it took me about 30 pages (or probably less) to be delighted. It’s just that great a book.
I also loved how all the characters, even the ones who had small parts to play in Natasha and Daniel’s story, had their own short stories that contributed to the development of the entire book. From a mere security guard, to a reckless car driver, to an executive secretary, everyone had their own back stories telling readers as to why they’re doing something or why they were at an exact place at an exact time. Everything was so well connected, further supporting the premise and claim of the book. Through this, we get to see the whole story in EVERYONE’s perspective, and thus, giving us a lot more depth.
Also, just to add, I wanted to share how much I love books with admirable endings. In this book’s case, I think it’s needless to say how much I ADORED the ending. It supported the notion that what’s destined to happen WILL happen in God’s own time. This book’s epilogue is hands down my most favorite part of the entire book. Ah, there are no words to express how much I love it.
“The Sun Is Also A Star is the kind of book that’ll make you feel good about yourself. It’ll give you all the positive vibes you’ll need to get through a day (or probably a week). Just like Everything, Everything, it’s a fast-paced read that is sweet, romantic, and absolutely swoon-worthy in every way. You need to read this book. Now, probably.”
Characters – 5.00
Plot – 5.00
Writing Style – 5.00
Pacing – 5.00
Ending – 5.00
TOTAL – 5 Stars
This book deserves all the suns and stars in the world, to be honest…
“No one can put a price on losing everything.”
“We’re kindling amid lightning strikes, a lit match and dry wood, fire danger signs and a forest waiting to be burned.”
“I didn’t know you this morning, and now I don’t remember not knowing you.”
“I remind myself that stars are more than just poetic. If you need to, you can navigate your way by them.”
“Time and distance are love’s natural enemies.”
“Dark matter is love. It’s the attracting force.”
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About the Author:
Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.