The Sun Is Also A Star is one of the many YA novels that turned into a movie. I want to watch the movie so bad, but my rule is to read the book first. So I bought it back in August I think? And finally read it at the end of the year.

So we’ll start the new year off with this book review, and spoiler alert: it’s a good one! But before I dive into why I loved this book, here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

Also read: I’ll Give You The Sun | A book review

My thoughts on The Sun Is Also A Star

This book was such a compelling read. I really liked how it had such serious undertones – deportation, immigrants, parents’ expectations – but is wasn’t serious the whole time. It still had the fluffy and light story of Natasha and Daniel that meet and spend the day together.

The seriousness though made sure that you keep reading and that you want to know how the story ends. From page one, I rooted for both Natasha and Daniel to follow their dreams, because the characters are so real and honest.

I love how Daniel is the poet who believes in fate and love. I love how he doesn’t give up on what he wants, but that he also knows how important family is.

Natasha is such a badass girl. Standing up for her family, even though somewhere she is also mad at them. She is intelligent, practical, but still very lovable.

The chemistry between them is everything! Their interactions are so fun to read. But not just their interactions, also the interactions with the other characters are so good.

Final rating

I LOVED this book so so so much. So definitely 5 stars.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Have you seen the movie too?