Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star is the real deal. Jamaican-American Natasha is having a terrible bad day. Her undocumented family are due to be deported from the US that night and Natasha is meeting a lawyer for a last ditch attempt at stopping the deportation. Meanwhile, Korean-American Daniel who’s grown up in the shadow of his perfect brother Charlie, is heading to an interview with an alumnus of the Second Best School where he’s going to study pre-med.
Cue the two teens meeting cute on the streets of Manhattan and Daniel falling hard despite Natasha’s brush-offs.
Natasha and Daniel are older than their years, having grown up with immigrant parents, and both have very different thoughts about big ideas like love, fate and responsibility. Their conversations as they criss-cross Manhattan are the best thing about this adorable book.
Does Daniel get the girl?
Not telling. But though I haven’t read her first book Everything, Everything, it’s safe to say that John Green and Rainbow Rowell need to move over. Yoon is definitely a star–the next big star of smart, sweet, contemporary YA romance.