The Sun Is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
I had seen several reviews online about this book. The cover got me first. I was taken with the bright colors, a beautiful cover will get me every time. Honestly I buy books most often when a cover catches my eye, simply because I can’t pass the cover up. I read this book in just over a day, it was that good. It just kept me invested in Natasha and Daniels story.
Our story takes place pretty much through the course of one day, in the end we get a few time jumps, that last one, my heart skipped a beat! Along the way we get to hear from several characters that tie into Natasha and Daniels story. Almost a behind the scenes if you will, several times a character will think they understand or know what the other person is thinking or feeling. These glimpses just reaffirm that we never actually do know, we may think we do but we don’t.
Natasha is an undocumented immigrant facing deportation after her father gets a DUI. Her day is a race against time to try to figure out some way to stop the deportation. Along the way she meets Daniel, a Korean American, the good son on his way to a Yale interview. By fate or by chance they meet, two people night and day, neither knowing the effect they will have on each other. Or the effect they will have on each others lives.
This story focuses and touches on so many things that are relevant in the world today. The crisis and fear immigrants face, the injustice of feeling lost and helpless in a country you thought could save you. How we don’t see the struggle everyone faces, we don’t see the pain behind their eyes. Is it because they hide it so well or have we just gotten good at ignoring what makes us uncomfortable?
Until Next time, xoxo