The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

img_3682“People spend their whole lives looking for love. Poems and songs and entire novels are written about it. But how can you trust something that can end as suddenly as it begins?”

A charming novel that tells the story of Natasha and Daniel, how they meet, and the power of fate. Natasha is not one to believe in destiny and places her beliefs in science and facts. On what is set to be her last day in the US before her family is deported to Jamaica, all she can think about is finding a way to prevent that from happening. What she doesn’t plan on is meeting and falling for a boy. Daniel, on the other hand, is a dreamer and a romantic who is carrying the weight of his parents’ expectations on his shoulders. On this particular day, the universe leads him to Natasha. Through the perspective of both Natasha and Daniel, along with a few characters introduced along the way, we learn about everything that fell into place for them to meet, and follow their day as they get to know and learn about each other.

“There’s a Japanese phrase that I like: koi no yokan. It doesn’t mean love at first sight. It’s closer to love at second sight. It’s the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with them. Maybe you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.”

This one will speak to all the romantics. It does a wonderful job of presenting the various perspectives throughout and taking the reader on Natasha and Daniel’s journey. I came to really care about these characters and found myself eagerly turning the pages to see where the story would go and what their fate would be. There is an elegance and beauty to Nicola Yoon’s writing, which provides numerous lovely passages and sentences. She not only beautifully conveys the feelings associated with new love, but also with the immigrant experience through both Natasha and Daniel. A truly standout novel, which has made Nicola Yoon a must-read author for me.

“Maybe part of falling in love with someone else is also falling in love with yourself.”

Most Anticipated Fall Book Releases

fall“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

There are a lot of great books to look forward to in the next few months, and while it was not a simple task I did narrow it down to the top six I am most excited to get my hands on. In no particular order, here are the top six books on my fall reading list: 🙂

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (October 11th)
This is the next release in the Shakespeare Hogarth series, with Margaret Atwood taking on a modern retelling of The Tempest.

“When Felix is deposed as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival by his devious assistant and longtime enemy, his production of The Tempest is canceled and he is heartbroken. Reduced to a life of exile in rural southern Ontario—accompanied only by his fantasy daughter, Miranda, who died twelve years ago—Felix devises a plan for retribution.”

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (October 25th)
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of one of my absolute favourite books of 2015, Signal to Noise so anything she releases is a must-read for me. Her new book is described as a YA paranormal thriller where “vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City.”

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (November 1st)
“The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?”

This is the new release from the author of Everything, Everything. It is a novel about fate, which tells the story of Natasha and Daniel who meet under unusual circumstances. I very much enjoyed Nicola Yoon’s debut novel and look forward to reading more of her work. Continue reading “Most Anticipated Fall Book Releases”

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”

Madeline is allergic to the outside world. As a result, at eighteen years old she has never left the protective bubble of her house.  After a family moves in next door she begins to communicate with a boy named Olly, which leads to a romance that makes her long for more than she ever thought possible.

Everything, Everything is a touching debut novel about romance and the desire to experience life.  Not just to be alive, but to truly live. Madeline is a smart and strong main character whose voice I found to be very engaging. She is not a sad or mopey teenager, but a girl who has accepted the circumstances of her life.  Until Olly, that is.  The author does a great job of relaying Madeline’s struggle between the need to accept her situation and the yearning for more.  Madeline and Olly’s romance is really sweet and their interactions made me smile many times.

The book is composed of short, quick chapters along with illustrations, diagrams, charts, and instant message conversations.  This format works well overall, making it a fast and page-turning read.  I was very conflicted about the direction the story ultimately took and wish it would have developed in a different way.  However, I did very much enjoy the book and it’s two main characters.  There is a sweetness and charm that makes Everything, Everything a special read.

Favourite quote: “But it’s never just one moment. It’s a series of them. And your life can branch out from each one in a thousand different ways. Maybe there’s a version of your life for all the choices you make and all the choices you don’t.”

*ARC provided by NetGalley.  Publication date: September 1, 2015.