Whilst The Sun is Also a Star is vastly different to Everything, Everything in terms of major themes, the romantic interaction of characters the way it was written, these two books are united not just by their gorgeous covers that sit perfectly together, but also by the way the characters are vibrant and alive, the plot is also heart-wrenching and moving, and the writing style will make you want to jot down beautiful sentences and sear them onto your heart. But The Sun is Also a Star wasn’t just an enjoyable read. It’s a book that tore my heart apart and threw the shreds back at me, but at the same time filled me with an incredible sense of beauty and optimism, and for that reason it will stay with for a long time to come.
One of the things I loved most about this novel was its diversity. There’s been alot of talk about the importance of diversity in all literature and why it’s important to reflect the vast, vibrant, beautiful world we live in the stories we write. To me, to have a novel that isn’t diverse doesn’t make sense to me, because the world we live in doesn’t just contain one type of person or one race, or one sexual orientation. To me, Nicola Yoon is one of those people leading the charge and changing the way we read and see a YA fiction. It’s so important to me that every person is able to see themselves in the books they read, and I honestly believe Yoon is allowing that. But of course, diversity isn’t something that Yoon forces and it isn’t makes her novel spectacular. What makes The Sun is Also a Star truly remarkable is the way these characters are so alive and so realistic, almost as if they could walk straight off the pages and into our world. They’re so complicated and complex and three-dimensional, and that was one of the main factors that made this book the compelling piece of prose it is.
Ultimately, this novel is one that’s driven by its characters, so it was integral that they were well formed and just people, and Yoon definitely achieved that.
Whilst the encounters between two teenagers only lasted a day and their relationship was founded upon those integral hours, it didn’t feel like insta-love because one of the characters was determined not to fall in love with the other. If both characters had fallen head-over-heels immediately, that would have caused some issues, but I felt like their relationship was well-developed and stunningly realistic. Reading about the relationships both Natasha and Daniel had with their families was an integral part of the narrative and something that was executed exceptionally well. I couldn’t have asked for more realistic or unique characters, and I found that I formed a deep connection with all of them.
Finally, Nicola Yoon’s writing style is addictive and compelling and it’s completely unique to her, which is what I love most about it. The elegant phrases and sentences that made my heart ache highlights her remarkable gift with words and allows her to play with our emotions in the best possible ways. What was most unique about her writing style in The Sun is Also a Star is how she would have page-long descriptions of some of the people or ideas she referenced in the previous chapter. These additions allowed us to learn more about the characters we would have otherwise not paid any attention to, and learn things, that impacted the story without a character having to subject us to a page of backstory or explanation that took away from the action. It was something I’d never seen done before, but I thought it worked particularly well for a story like this one that relied so much on time.
Overall, The Sun is Also a Star is a heart-wrenching, moving tale about love, loss, and learning to embrace the life you have, and I can’t recommend it enough.