The Sun is Also a Star is Nicola Yoon‘s National Book Award Finalist bestselling novel. It’s told over the course of a single NYC day from two perspectives, and is so good you’ll have a hard time putting it down. NOTE: it will also make you cry.
From the publisher:
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?
I didn’t know anything about The Sun is Also a Star before I started reading. I just knew it had been a finalist for the National Book Award, which for a YA novel isn’t the most common thing. I was somewhat familiar with Nicola Yoon from reading Everything, Everything just a few weeks earlier, so I knew the chances were good I would like this. And I loved it.
This is a romance with elements of a thriller. The structure of the book adds a ton of suspense. Natasha and her family are hours away from deportation. Daniel is hours away from a college interview that could change his life. With a ticking clock and both of them trying to figure out how to avoid what’s coming, it could be a Dan Brown book.
But the heart of The Sun is Also a Star! Daniel persists in showing Natasha that they were fated to be together. Natasha persists in resisting. All while they each try to make progress against their looming deadlines.
There are fantastic scenes set in a karaoke bar and atop a NYC skyscraper. Natasha and Daniel get help throughout from an incredible and believable set of circumstances. As the sun sets on the city, and time starts running out, you’ll find yourself staying up way too late to find out what happens.
The Sun is Also a Star is highly recommended, and without question one of my favorite reads of 2020.