Before I get to the nitty gritty parts of this review, let me just say that it is books like this are the reason that I read, I want to experience all the emotions when I read a book, I want to give a damn about the characters, I want to be laughing one second and crying my eyes out the next.
Observable fact: I read this book on one bus trip to town (generally takes 3 hours there and back), so visualise this, I am sitting at the back of the bus, crying so hard one second and laughing so hard the next, yup that was me, no apologies:)
Side Note: I am not much of a contemporary reader, and I wanted to get more into contemporary reads, and I started with this book, and I am so glad I did.
Now to the actual review ( I warned ya…):
First of all the way the chapters are structure made this read flow so well. It was kept short and simple most of the time, without giving unnecessary details that would detract from it. I really enjoyed the fact that there are several chapters that include a factual history of something or another small side characters point of view. I can’t explain exactly why I loved the small side characters chapter, but let me just tell you that they are very thought provoking.
Adding on to my love of the side characters chapters, is the fact that I really enjoyed how complex every single character within this story are. I really appreciate how much attention to detail was paid to each characters story and personality. It made the story much more immersive because you feel connected every single character even the ones you don’t particularly like. I can’t finish this chapter without saying how much I loooove Daniel, and I especially like how he is with Natasha, I can’t even.
This book definitely surprised me, I was expecting a cutesy typical romance, which while it is adorable, it definitely isn’t typical. While the romance is the obvious main theme, there are just as important themes within the book such as family, morals and values and prejudice, to name a few. And while they are more background themes, they make a mind blowing combination.
The way Nicola approached the issues within society, was ingenious because not only did she clearly mark out the injustice within these issues, she subtly included reasons for these issues, this allowed me to understand the situation rather than just judge. AS I SAID MIND BLOWING…
I want to go on and on about this book, but I am trying really hard to avoid spoilers so I am just going to say that there is only one major issue with the book, and if you read the book you will understand what I am talking about.
I am really looking forward to reading Everything, Everything ( which I picked up within an hour of finishing The Sun is Also a Star), because so far I am loving Nicola Yoon’s writing style.
I hope you guys are having an amazing week so far. Talk to ya soon!
Tootles Gaby 🙂
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