The Sun Is Also A Star Book to Movie Review
The 2016 young adult novel The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon was released on the big screen this month (May 17, 2019). The movie release for the book was very timely with the all the immigration talk in US. The reviews for the movie weren’t strong, however I personally connected with the movie.
In The Sun Is Also a Star, Natasha and Daniel are brought together just when it seems like the universe is sending them in opposite directions. Falling in love doesn't seem possible, but fate has something extraordinary in store.
"A book that is very much about the many factors that affect falling in love, as much as it is about the very act itself . . . fans of Yoon's first novel, Everything Everything, will find much to love—if not, more—in what is easily an even stronger follow up."
"Transcends the limits of YA as a human story about falling in love and seeking out our futures."
College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet -- and fall for each other -- over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family's deportation just as fiercely as she's fighting her growing feelings for Daniel.
Certainly, you don’t see a movie like this for realism. You go for the escape, and to bask in the glory of its gorgeous leads. But “The Sun Is Also a Star” deserves credit for trying to sneak in some actual substance beneath the fluff. It also features an ending that’s downright perfect and borderline daring—if it had indeed ended there and not continued on five years and several minutes of screen time later. There’s a natural stopping point that feels just right and leaves the story on an achingly wistful note.
Timely, representative of cultures and perspectives that rarely get their own love stories on the big screen, and a gorgeous love letter to New York City.
—Travis Hopson, Punch Drunk Critics
Yara Shahidi (Natasha) and Charles Melton (Daniel) were the perfect leads for this movie, the two had amazing chemistry. I loved Yara Shahidi as the oldest child of 3 in the sitcom Blackish on ABC. This role shows her softer side, looking forward to seeing her more on the big screen. Charles Melton who plays Reggie on CWs Riverdale seems equally romantic in real life. Charles is dating his CW cast-mate Camila Mendes who has stated in numerous interviews that Charles is very romantic. As any book to movie adaptions there were many differences, not necessarily for the better or for the worse. I really enjoyed the more robust ending of the movie, but I missed the hectic story-line that the book provided with everything happening the same day (Natasha’s deportation and Daniel’s interview), yet I loved the extra time we got to spend with this amazing couple. I loved the casting of John Leguizamo as Natasha’s lawyer and Daniel’s college recommendation, it was cool to see him play a more serious role.
The movie was 4.5 stars for me and I gave the book 5 stars when I listened to it last year. Leave your comments below, whether you have listened or read the book and if you plan on watching the movie.
This post is part of Book Review Link-up with Lovely Audiobooks.