Perfect Except for the Ending: The Sun is Also a Star Review



Published: November 1st, 2016 by Delacorte Press

Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance

Recommended to: those who believe in destiny

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

RATING: ★★★★☆

This is the kind of book that would’ve been perfect except for one thing: I did not root for them to be together. Yes, they had chemistry but since it all happened in one day, I still feel that everything was a bit rushed.

Daniel said it well.

“Our history is too compressed. We’re trying to fit a lifetime into a day.”

Yes, I get that this was all supposed to happen in one day but I’m not really a big fan of instalove. I also had a little problem with the ending. Everything was perfect and I was about to give this five stars since it kind of negated the instalove part. Until the epilogue happened.

Highlight the text below to see the spoiler.
[They grew farther apart as time went by and they let go. But many years later, they accidentally meet in an airplane and it kind of ruined the perfect ending. For me, them not ending up together made more sense.]

Natasha said it best.

“Meant to be doesn’t have to mean forever.”

I wish their story was only meant to happen for a day and it would’ve made more impact on me. It would’ve stayed with me even after I was done reading it, making me think of the what-ifs and what could’ve beens. Sometimes, a happy ending is not what a story needs.

Aside from that everything was perfect.


Daniel.Surprisingly, I connected a lot more with Daniel than with Natasha. He is the guy version of me. He writes poems, does things he’s supposed to, and a hopeless romantic. I think he is the most unique male lead among all the books I’ve ever read.

Natasha.Natasha is not your typical female lead. I love how she and Daniel are complete opposites. She believes in science and he believes in destiny. Most of the time, it’s the other way around.

The side characters.This is one of the best parts of the book. Aside from the two main characters, we get snippets of other people’s stories. I love how everything was well connected. Life is indeed a chain reaction of events. Everything seems unrelated, but when you look at it as a whole, it is actually connected to one another, even in small ways.


The plot is not very complicated but the way it was delivered was really great. I like to think of it as a river. Everything flowed smoothly, the transition was perfect and it was somehow realistic, even if you don’t believe in destiny and all that stuff.


Nicola Yoon writes beautifully. This book is probably my most highlighted book ever and I even wanted to highlight a whole chapter (it is Half-Life, in case you want to know). She is the kind of author that writes books that you want to devour every word. Not a single word is wasted on her.

Overall, this book was great. It is better than some of the books I gave five stars to so I feel a little bad for giving this only four. But I rate books based on feeling and I let my emotions rule when I read. Sadly, this one lacked a little of that feeling that I always look for.

This is a book that I would recommend to those who want books that make them think. While reading this, it made me contemplate about life, destiny, science, equality, and well, everything really.

P.S. I wrote this review years ago and just noticed I haven’t posted it on my blog yet.

7 thoughts on “Perfect Except for the Ending: The Sun is Also a Star Review

  1. I’m really glad you enjoyed this! I wanted to read it but I CANNOT handle instalove — so the whole “love in a day” doesn’t get me wanting to read it ha-ha! I would like to read other books by this author though! I read “Everything, Everything” and thought it was pretty good. Great review (especially for being a couple of years old ha-ha!)


  2. great review, Marie 😄! I also wasn’t a fan of the insta-love and agree that the book would had been more impactful if it spanned a longer period of time. But, you’re so right, Nicola Yoon’s writing is beautiful! I’m always highlighting quotes from her books hahaha. I really enjoyed and found Daniel’s character relatable too and thought the swap in Daniel and Natasha’s perspectives was interesting 🙂.

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  3. Great review! I watched the movie for this one, but haven’t gotten around to the book! Glad to see u liked it but I can understand how the whole thing might be a bit instant lovey 🙂

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