Review: The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Trigger Warnings: Cheating; Depression; Immigration Battle; Racism; Suicidal ideation; Toxic family; Violence

The Sun is Also a Star is a book that I had been meaning to buy for years, but I never actually got round to owning this book until earlier this year. It was more than worth the wait though, as this was quite easily one of the best books I have ever read.

Reading a book that is so good that you can’t stop thinking about it (both during and after reading it), so good that you carry it everywhere with you until you finish it and so good that you want to reread it weeks after finishing it is truly magical. This is what happened when I read The Sun is Also a Star. It is books like this that remind me why I love reading.

Something that I loved about this book was that no two chapters or narrators were the same. This propelled the book forward, and I found that the different dialogues made it an even more interesting read. Even when the book was wrapping up, in almost a full-circle nature, no narrative section was ever exactly the same as what had gone before.

This book had me gripped from the moment I read the opening sentence to the very last word. Although the back of the book had already told me the main plot point of the story (Daniel and Natasha falling in love), I found that this worked to the book’s advantage, as this built up the tension even more, especially towards the ending.

I loved every little detail about this book – the way that it was narrated from multiple characters, as well as some chapters being a commentary on outside factors really helped to shape the storyline, for example by explaining to the reader how everything collaborates from our past to form what we are doing right now. The way that Daniel and Natasha’s narrative and story was frequently interrupted by an outside factor or a commentary was something that I as the reader found really effective. I’d be reading the book, getting really caught up in the tension and drama, just wanting to find out what would happen next, turning the page for a new chapter………. and then an outisde narrator/factor would explain one of the plot points. I really loved this, as this made The Sun is Also a Star even more gripping, as the commentary chapters would foreshadow and hint at what could be coming next. Combined with the running theme of fate throughout this book, this added to the never-ending suspense.

Fate was one of the main themes of this book, and I loved how fate was almost running as a thread throughout the whole book – before looping everything back to the start, right at the very end.

One of my favourite things to see in a book is an amazing ending. The Sun is Also a Star definitely did not fail to deliver in this sense. What I loved about the ending was how everything that was certain was thrown up into the air, then caught and woven into the most perfect ending to this book that I could wish for.

I genuinely can’t recommend this book enough to any reader – I pretty much could not put it down until I’d finished it, as I was compelled to read on and on and on.

Thank you for reading this post.



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