“The Sun Is Also a Star” is a young adult novel written by Nicola Yoon, published in 2016. The novel tells the story of Natasha Kingsley and Daniel Bae, two young people from very different backgrounds who meet and fall in love over the course of a single day in New York City.
Natasha is a practical and science-minded girl who is facing deportation with her family back to Jamaica, where she was born. She is determined to find a way to prevent this from happening and is skeptical of love and destiny. On the other hand, Daniel is a poetic and romantic boy from a Korean immigrant family, who is on his way to a college interview to pursue a career path chosen by his parents but is not passionate about.
The novel takes place over the course of one day and explores how these two characters meet and become deeply connected. As they spend time together, they debate fate, destiny, and love, and they also confront the realities and challenges of their respective lives and backgrounds. The story delves into themes of immigration, cultural identity, family expectations, and the concept of love at first sight.
Nicola Yoon’s novel explores the idea that the universe may have a hand in bringing people together, even if it seems like their lives are on entirely different paths. “The Sun Is Also a Star” received critical acclaim for its engaging and thought-provoking storytelling, and it has resonated with readers, especially young adults, for its themes of love, destiny, and the impact of the choices we make in life. In 2019, it was adapted into a film starring Yara Shahidi as Natasha and Charles Melton as Daniel.