Natasha and Daniel could not be more different. Natasha is entirely practical and believes in science, facts, and everything that can be observed and measured. Daniel is a poet and a dreamer who believes in love at first sight and the power of fate. Natasha’s family is facing deportation to Jamaica and she’s using her last day in America to figure out a way for them to stay. Daniel is the son of Korean immigrants who have a plan for him: he’ll go to an Ivy League school and become a doctor.
Natasha and Daniel cross paths as he is on his way to interview with Yale and start the life that his parents want for him and she is going to meet with Anthony Fitzgerald, an immigration lawyer who may be able to help her family stay in the United States. Their initial meeting is a little rocky, and they quickly part ways, but while Natasha is focused on her goal, Daniel can’t shake the feeling that they could have something more.
As fate would have it, their paths cross again and again and Daniel begins to win Natasha over. Despite Natasha’s warning to him that he shouldn’t fall in love with her, they begin to try to fit a lifetime into the little time they have left. Natasha and Daniel have a wonderful chemistry and author Nicola Yoon creates a vivid picture of love, heartbreak, hope, and despair against the backdrop of New York City. Natasha and Daniel’s ethnicities factor prominently into the story and the story takes brief detours to tell the stories of their family members from their points of view.
Even the most cynical reader will find themselves rooting for Daniel and Natasha. The Sun is Also a Star is for anyone who believes in the magic of love, the power of fate, and wants to read something more than the stereotypical teen romance.