As an aspiring young adult author, I'm so disheartened when I catch wind of any discussion that classifies young adult lit as superficial or not to be taken seriously. Let me be perfectly clear: just because something is made for (or marketed to) young people (or even children), that does not mean it's not something of real value. If you write off a young adult romance because you don't think teens are smart or sensitive enough to form meaningful relationships and learn in the process, 1) you're missing out, and 2) you need Nicola Yoon in your life.
Yoon's second novel, The Sun Is Also A Star, weaves a unique and gripping tale of a teen romance that's quickly running out of time, but it's also something more than a love story. The added weight of identity, ambition, and family impacts Daniel and Natasha's relationship, and their futures, perhaps even more than the ticking clock.