November 1, 2016
This is a book of interwoven stories, that revolve around Daniel and Natasha. Two teen aged strangers, that meet by happenstance, on the day that Natasha is scheduled to be deported from the USA. It's not only a love story, but a exploration of fate, and how the string of choices we make affect others, and what binds us all together.
Have you ever read a book that felt like it was meant just for you? I haven't until now. I doubted such a story existed, but here we are again. These days the world doesn't feel all that hopeful, but this story filled me up with hope. Not brash, overly sugar coated hope, but the kind of hope that feels grounded in truth and possible.
Natasha is the realist, calculating the probabilities of love and happiness, using a scientist's lens to make sense of things that are not totally rational, questioning if love really exists, or if it's just the effect of a chemical cocktail in the brain. Yet she's full of passion that wars within her. On the other hand, we have Daniel, the poet, a dreamer, follower of hunches, and intent on proving to Natasha that they are meant to be - even if it seems impossible.
My younger self was very much a Natasha, and sometimes the wars between the dreamer and the scientist still rage in my head. But, one thing I do know, is that this story, however improbable, feels plausible. It's pretty much how I met my husband, but substitute Greece for NYC, and give me four days and a plane ticket home, instead of one.
But I digress into reminiscing. The Sun Is Also A Star is a lovely, nerdy, diverse love story, filtered through the immigrant and second gen experience. Read this book. I don't say that often.
Oh Nicola Yoon, you grow my heart.