Just like with Nicola Yoon’s debut, Everything, Everything, the first thing that grabs you about The Sun is Also a Star is the cover. Designed by Dominique Falla, the cover is a rainbow colored needlepoint with gaps spelling out the title of the book. And this wasn’t some talented photoshop- Falla laid out every needle and thread by hand. Luckily, the premise of The Sun is Also a Star is just as interesting as its cover.
In 12 hours, Natasha is being deported. A Jamaican immigrant, she’s lived in Brooklyn almost her entire life. Daniel Jae Ho Bae is the poet son of immigrants. Since his Yale interview is later that day, he’s decided that it’s his Final Day of Childhood. The pair meet by chance in a record store (how cute, I know) and sparks immediately begin to fly. But Tasha is not an idealist like Daniel. She doesn’t believe in love at first sight. But she’s desperate, she is only going to be on the continent for another 12 hours.
Yoon is great a writing romance novels. Natasha and Daniel’s quirky romance is very endearing, if not a little unrealistic. But that’s what makes it so fun to read, because who hasn’t daydreamed a little about that cute guy the say on a street corner? Don’t be fooled by the unassuming premise though. Yoon also weaves in important themes about race, growing up an immigrant in America, and how the idea of destiny affects how we go about life.