Title: The Sun Is Also a Star
By: Nicola Yoon
Best for: Grades 8 and up
Love at first sight is a myth. Or is it?
Nicola Yoon‘s The Sun Is Also a Star is a story that will have you questioning your stance on love at first sight as two teens, Natasha and Daniel, meet and fall in love in what is essentially, a New York minute.
Yoon’s writing is so beautiful and raw, it had me believing the somewhat far-fetched love story. Natasha, attempting to halt her family’s deportation, was a relatable teen. She reminded me of myself at that age – a rule-player most of the time, but curious about rebellion; skeptical of most people.
Daniel, an aspiring poet who lives in the shadow of his brother, spends a great deal of the book trying to convince Natasha that there is science behind love at first sight. He struggles with his strict parents, crude brother and self-identity.
I enjoyed the various point of views throughout the novel, which mainly switches from Daniel and Natasha, but readers also hear backstories from Natasha’s father, Daniel’s father, the attorney, etc. This was one book I could not put down!
Bottom Line: Definitely showcase this one in your classroom library (and keep a copy at home for yourself!)