I’m really surprised that The Sun is Also a Star is getting less attention than Nicola Yoon’s first book. In this book, the plot and the characters are significantly more developed and better rounded. The themes are way more complex and thought out. It’s about the same stuff that all YA romances are about: passion versus practicality, whether fate exists, the pressure (and unfairness) of parental and social expectation, etc., but this was executed well. In the end, I FELT it, which is reason we read romance.
The plot itself is about as improbable as the plot in Everything, Everything, but the characters react in a much more relatable way. Yoon lays it on a little thick sometimes, but the improbability is handled better. For example, the characters recognize and discuss their situation, rather than pretend that everything is normal and low stakes.
It makes me happy to see that Yoon’s second book is better than her first. It means she’s just getting started.