I read this a while back but I don’t think I ever did a review on it and if I had it was on my old blog that I had deleted without thinking to back anything up. So yeah, I want to actually get a review out on this.
The Sun is Also a Star is about Natasha and Daniel; Natasha is a hardcore science and fact lover and Daniel is a poet. Natasha is 12 hours from her family being deported back to Jamaica, Daniel is late for a college admissions meeting that his mom wants more than he wants. Thrust together in a chance meeting on the streets and suddenly those things seem very forgettable. The universe and fate play a huge role in these two young lives, and now it’s up to them to play out how this story is going to be written.
This book really caused a lot of inner turmoil for me, mostly because I didn’t love it while everyone else seemed to instantly fall hardcore for it. But it didn’t click with me, and while I really enjoyed it as a book to read I just couldn’t connect with the characters or with the story. There were a lot of things that I loved, more things I didn’t see fit in the story and even more things that I just didn’t like.
The writing was amazing, I am going to start with that because as a want to be writer I admire all forms of writing and this book was just genius in the writing lay out sense. I loved it, each character had their own chapter and own back story. We got already developed characters but the author still allowed us to know their back story, to get to know why they were developed in the way that they were. Instead of being thrust full on into a world of already made characters we got glimpses of the past and the things that made them who they were.
There were also chapters on other characters, side characters that had played a role in the story, and they fit. I loved it so much. There was a point when they mentioned black hair beauty shops being run by mostly the asian population and they had whole chapters on the history of hair and how it played in the story. I am a sucker for some good history and this definitely added to the story.
I wasn’t a fan of the story itself, the whole premise of being thrust together randomly and how falling in love instantly is a huge thing just didn’t do it for me. I have never had any experience with that actually been true, nor have I known anyone who has lived that either. Love takes time, and I didn’t find it believable at all that you could meet someone on the streets and just love them. And that was the whole premise of the book, it was laid out pretty clearly in the description. There were just too many “what ifs…” in my mind about this instant love that I couldn’t fully enjoy it.
The characters weren’t all that likable either, while they were very developed I just wasn’t that into who they were as people. We have Natasha who doubts everything to the point of slamming your head into a wall and wondering how people can be THAT into hard facts and science. Then Daniel, who is such a pushover he doesn’t know what to do with his life until suddenly he drops all that and becomes a full time poet when he meets a girl. Which by the way said girl mocks his poetry throughout the entire novel anyways.
It just didn’t seem to fit, it really didn’t. To me nothing made sense in this book, or was even a realistic play of how things would actually happen. The only thing that seemed to hold any reality for me was the end when Natasha gets let down by a real human error. I won’t spoil anything, but the ending was very real.
I did end up really liking the ending, I thought that it ended on a very good note and it definitely had a twist that I saw coming but still loved anyways. And the ending felt more like an alternate ending, because it wasn’t from Daniel or Natasha point of view, so I loved that it had the option of being the ending; or not if you so chose. It was a beautiful way to end such a story.
While this wasn’t my favorite book, I still enjoyed reading parts of it. It was still a fairly quick read too. I ended up with a rating of 3/5 on Goodreads mostly because I just couldn’t click with the story. But I would still recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light (with hints of heavy) read or a pick me up book. Its a romance/contemporary read so if you are looking for something different, romantic and cutsey/cheesy this is a really good book to pick up. It’s very well written and very well done, I just hadn’t connected to the characters as much as everyone else had. My favorite parts definitely had to be the side characters/history chapters they were just so well done, so if you like some historical context or side character back stories in your books then I would highly recommend this as well just for that. It definitely made the book for me.