The Sun is Also a Star – by Nicola Yoon

Front over of the book The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon

“Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?”

I could have read this book in one sitting. It was so hard to put down The Sun is Also a Star to go to sleep or to go to work or to eat. It was really that good. I know some people avoid YA fiction because of the stereotype of “vampire novels” and the like. Some of us love a good vampire novel, but for those who don’t, this could be the YA book for you. Natasha and Daniel are New York City teenagers facing both contemporary and timeless issues – high-pressure parenting, immigration status, falling in love (or not), high expectations and disappointment.  The well-developed, diverse protagonists alternate point-of-view throughout the novel, with a few chapters dedicated to peripheral perspectives. I admit that there are some not-quite-believable coincidences that push the narrative forward, but I think part of being an open-minded reader is the potential to suspend disbelief for the sake of enjoying a story. Highly recommended!

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