2016 - The Sun is Also a Star
This is a book about a chance meeting between two teens in New York City, one on the brink of deportation, the other about to break his parents’ hearts. They spend the day together and fall in love, though the ending isn’t what you would think. In true contemporary YA fashion, the chapters alternate perspectives and the writing is evocative and full of big teen emotions.
Now, call me jaded, but the love-at-first-sight trope in novels is an immediate turn-off for me. Since that is a major piece of this book I really didn’t find it believable. Which isn’t necessarily a requirement for enjoyment (I like magical realism, for example), but I do find this cliche representation of love problematic in Young Adult (YA) literature. Why are we still perpetuating this Disney princess style romance when even Disney has moved on (see: Frozen, Moana)?
But because this was the last book of my 31 Books Project, I did power through. I thought the writing was fresh and sharp. I loved the characters and their families. I liked the ending. Overall this one was enjoyable, but not a favorite. Here are three great contemporary YA recommendations:
1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Keep turning the page,