PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press
DATE PUBLISHED: 1st November 2016
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 Sun is Also A Star is told in the first person, following the lives of Natasha and Daniel over the course of one day. Natasha is a Jamaican immigrant who travelled to America at eight with her mother and father and is now being deported because her family is in Amierca illegally. Natasha is a realist and does not believe in love or passion, but loves science. She loves Astrophysics. Daniel is a Korean-American and his family have plans for him to go to Yale and become a doctor, even if this is not what Daniel is passionate about. The examination of two very different personalities and cultures falling in love over one day and the understanding that in the entire universe no differences really matter. Sometimes when the main character makes an observation about other characters a little perspective is gained by quickly flashing to their circumstances and lives in the third-person. Periodically, there are explanations of different concepts introduced through the book. This creates a sense of a larger, grand design, as if Natasha and Daniel are two small pieces in the greater infinity of the universe, the butterfly effect. This briefly takes you away from the main story-line and allows the reader a chance to digest what is happening. This was greatly appreciated. This was a heart-wrenching and eye opening novel that blew me away.
Keep Calm and Read On,