BOOK: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
This book is exactly what you would expect it to be: a heart-wrenching, feel good romance. It grounds itself in very real issues with immigration: both in the legal sense and the psychological sense of being from a family of first-generation immigrants.
My favourite thing about this book was probably the clarity of Nicola Yoon's research and passion for the issue - I never felt like I was reading from someone who didn't know what they were talking about. She clearly knows these stories and drew from her personal life, which gives an authenticity that few authors could bring to this particular story.
Now, I docked a star because I felt like Natasha and Daniel's characters were sometimes a little too drawn out. He believes in love and she doesn't. She believes in science and he believes in chance. Sometimes the distinction felt almost forced. However, as the book moved on and Natasha began to move through her arc, the lines were blurred and it begins to feel like a much more natural personality read.
Overall, I think The Sun is Also a Star makes a true effort to be a beautifully crafted love story that deals with all-too-real issues and doesn't let itself fly too much - and it does, sometimes, make you believe chance is everything.