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The Sun Is Also A Star – Nicola Yoon

“To be clear, I don’t believe in fate. But I’m desperate.”

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Blurb: “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?”

*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

It’s actually an interesting story how I ended up with two copies of this book: I put in a request for an advanced copy and when nearly a month had passed with no response and the publication date rolled around, I bought a copy of my own accord. Two days later, the lovely people at Penguin Random House sent me a copy. As stated above, this does not change my review in any way.

This is the second book from best-selling author Nicola Yoon and after the success and brilliance of her debut Everything, Everything it was exciting to see what she would create next.

The Sun Is Also A Star is a multiple perspective novel that follows Natasha and Daniel. Natasha is an illegal immigrant from Jamaica who, thanks to her Dad’s foolishness, is about to be deported, Daniel is a Korean-American buckling under the pressure his parents place on Natasha met but time is quickly running out.

Quite simply, this book is beautiful. Both Natasha and Daniel were such interesting, well-developed characters and I feel that the use of multiple perspectives worked really well at giving an insight into each of the character’s lives and revealed secrets that the characters don’t actively admit to each other. In addition to that, various thoughts/ideas and insights into the lives of people the duo meet in passing are explored. The latter I found to be a truly wonderful touch as when interact with strangers, for however brief the period of time, we never really think about their lives or how much we can help that individual by paying them just a little bit of kindness.

Given that Natasha has until 10pm that day to leave the country and makes several attempts to change that fact, the story doesn’t have that sense of time running out because it’s so easy to get caught up in the growing relationship between these two characters. I started reading and before I knew it the book was over.

Nicola Yoon does a brilliant job of using her platform to add to the pool of diverse books. As a white, privileged woman, I appreciate any opportunity to grow as a person by learning about other cultures and situation I myself will never experience and to that I am truly grateful for Nicola Yoon and her work.

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Posted in contemporary, review, romance, young adult

Everything Everything – Nicola Yoon

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Blurb: “My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window and see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black- black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking at stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”

*I was sent this book by the publisher but this in no way affects my review*

I first heard about Everything Everything from a video by the wonderful booktuber padfootandprongs07. She’s rarely wrong about books so when penguinrandomhouse sent me a copy I was over the moon! I used to read YA contemporaries more often than I drew breaths but as I grew older, I found myself exploring other areas of the Young Adult world. However, recently the YA contemporaries released so far this year have been so damn good, how could I possibly resist? Especially when the protagonist loves reading? (SCORE!)

The initial plot idea is something I haven’t read before and that makes it really refreshing to read. Also, it’s what drew me into wanting to read the book. Everything Everything tells the story of Maddie: a seventeen year old with a rare illness which means if she leaves the house she could die. The narrative is from Maddie’s point of view and for the first part  of the book, it was a bit weak. I didn’t feel like Maddie was fleshed out enough. This picked up thought when Olly became a more prominent character.

The romance is just what you’d expect: it’s heart-warming, wonderful and left me “awwing” my way through the pages. It shows the positive side of social media building friendships as Instant Messaging becomes one of the only ways Maddie and Olly can communicate. It was lovely watching how comfortable they became with each other.

The writing was elegant, consistent and beautiful. There are so many lines of this book I want to paint on my walls, but if I did that, it would probably be most of the book.

This book is released August/September this year so KEEP AN EYE OUT!

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with my favourite quote from the book:

“One thing I’m certain of: Wanting just leads to more wanting. There’s no end to desire.” 

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