The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon is the story of two teenagers, Natasha and Daniel, who meet on a day that could change both of their lives. Natasha’s family are undocumented and are being deported back to Jamaica that night, but she is going to do everything in her power to keep her family in America. Daniel is on his way to an interview for medical school at Yale, but becoming a doctor is something his parent want not him, once he walks into the interview he feels that his life’s path will be set in stone.
At the beginning of the book Natasha mentions that her mother always says that “Things happen for a reason” and this is a theme which is carried throughout the book. We see the impact of things which happen to others; the train driver who found God , the insurance actuary who lost his daughter, the lawyer who is having an affair with his paralegal. These things, although apparently inconsequential to Natasha and Daniel, have a profound effect on their lives.
The connection between Natasha and Daniel is wonderful and comes across as very natural. They are two very different people, different backgrounds, different cultures and also very different in how they see the world. But all of this works, they compliment each other beautifully even though they may not always agree on things. Even though the book is set over only one day everything between them is believable.
I think this is a book that needed to be written, it has many subtle messages that needed to be put out into the world. Nicola Yoon has done a wonderful job of addressing issues such as race and immigration, she did not shy away from it at all. It all comes across as believable and well informed. What more can I say? I loved it!