Just twelve hours before her family is scheduled to be deported back to Jamaica, 17-year-old Natasha Kingsley decides to visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the hope that a miracle will happen, that her family will not be forced to leave their home because of her father’s mistakes.
In a few hours, Daniel Jae Ho Bae has his alumni admission interview with Yale, where his parents want him to fasttrack his way into the pre-med program, regardless of his desire to become a writer. Instead of staying home and listening to his mother’s endless stream of questions, Daniel decides to opt for sanity and spend the day outside, wandering around until it is time for his interview.
When Natasha and Daniel unexpectedly meet on the street, both are changed forever as they spend what they envisioned to be the worst day ever discovering that everything truly does happen for a reason.
Lizzie's rave: I will be the first to admit that I am a skeptic when it comes to insta-love stories, but I was happy to be proved wrong by Nicola Yoon. Natasha and Daniel’s relationship evolves in a very authentic way, is anything but smooth and will leave readers rooting for them until the last page. The characters are funny, flawed, charming and utterly relatable. Perhaps one of my favourite parts of this novel is how Yoon intersperses the story with little “fact” pages about other characters, science and history.
The Sun Is Also a Star doesn’t shy away from difficult topics such as family dysfunction, discrimination, race, prejudice and betrayal, and deals with them in a smart, beautiful and honest way. This is a poignant and thought-provoking book that is a must for Young Adult readers! - Reviewed by Elizabeth Ferguson
Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Age in store: 14+