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The Sun is also a Star Paperback – 3 November 2016
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About the Author
Nicola Yoon is the number one New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. She’s also a hopeless romantic who firmly believes that you can fall in love in an instant and that it can last forever.
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- Item Weight : 100 g
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0552574242
- ISBN-10 : 9780552574242
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Publisher : Corgi Childrens (3 November 2016)
- Reading level : 12 - 17 years
- ASIN : 0552574244
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The whole story takes place in ONE day so you can’t argue with the insta-love plot, can you? I mean there are always limitations to writing a story in such a short period of time. I usually don’t understand how two people meet for the first time and fall in love instantly when they are quite different? But believe me, this story was so perfectly written that you would actually ignore the insta-love plot and would start rooting for Daniel and Natasha 🙂
Probably, I should talk about the ending at the end of this review but I think it is better if I do it right here. We have a nice perception related to insta-love stories regarding how they would end. I had same expectations from this story too. But Nicola Yoon did a wonderful job with the ending part. Though my little heart broke badly, I was happy that she chose this ending. That made the story more believable but yes I wished it to be a little longer.
Natasha and Daniel are two teens who find each other one fine day in New York. Natasha was an undocumented migrant and was about to be deported to Jamaica that day because of a mistake her father made. Daniel was the son of two South Korean parents but was born in America. Daniel and Natasha were totally different. One was a believer in love while another was a believer in science. Nicola Yoon created an atmosphere where two people meet who are so different yet bound together by time, destiny, love and who are “meant to be” somehow.
A unique thing about the representation of the story was the change of perspectives. I loved how the story was switched between Natasha’s and Daniel’s perspectives, but the better thing was including the perspectives of minor side characters and third person chapters too, which made the story more interesting. For example, there were chapters related to the history of hair products for black people, which definitely made the little insights into the story more interesting. There were some chapters related to past of a few characters who played a significant role in the story. Those memories show us how the choices made by a person can affect their future and how those choices can impact other peoples lives.
This story was more about life than love. No matter what decision you make, it is going to affect your present and future. And if it is meant to be, then it has to be. Life is full of surprises and you don’t know what would come next. But giving up is not the option.
Nicola Yoon has presented a lot of diversity in this book. There is a strong representation of immigration issues and race. Daniel and Natasha both are immigrants but the difference is one is legal while the another is undocumented. The migration story from both the perspectives offer their own messages and struggles and represent family and identity thus making the story more than just the romance.
Apart from diversity, the issues like loneliness and mental health have also been raised. There is a side character whose story I loved. This tells you that how little gestures can make an impact on peoples lives. This story gives you hope and courage. but most importantly, it makes you find the light within yourself.
Overall, this was a fantastic read and now I am a fan of Nicol Yoon’s writing. The build-up of the story was good and the characters were adorable. The story was well written and also it was fast-paced. All the immigrant’s issues were presented so well. They were hard to digest but I am glad that Nicola Yoon has not sugarcoated anything. If you are looking for a diverse YA contemporary read with a cute romance, then this book is definitely for you. This story is just magical!
The Sun is Also a Star is a novel by Nicola Yoon about destiny, love, hope, family and life. Natasha, a practical girl who was about to be deported back to Jamaica owing to the fact of her being an undocumented immigrant meets Daniel, a Korean boy living in America who is forced by his parents to become a doctor. Natasha makes all possible efforts to stay in America where she feels safe and happy. Their meeting is a sheer coincidence but they experience 'the moment'. However , Natasha lets it go. Why? Why is she sceptical of love? Why is she against dreaming? Why is Daniel forced to become a doctor? Will they meet again? All these simple questions have complicated and heart rendering answers. 🏘👨👨👧👦
I really liked the narrative technique in the book. It is both personal and omniscient, the story goes back and forth to tell the readers about people and their histories. This book will make you believe in dreams, hope and destiny. Plus, it has become one of my favourite books and I had tears in my eyes after I finished reading it. Were they happy tears or was I sad? Grab the book and experience it yourself. Do let me know your thoughts if you've already read this one. 🙎🏾💇🏻♂️🎤🌞✨🛩
Daniel is an 18 yr old Korean American boy, who wants to become a poet where as he's parents want him to become a doctor(Typical Asian parents). He is more philosophical than practical in life. He has a bossy, troubled & irritating older brother.
Natasha is an immigrant from Jamaica. She is from a poor family. She lives with her parents & a younger brother. She is more practical in life.
Then comes the universe. Universe in this story, is actually the part where it talks about the prospective & events that happened in other related people to the events that occur in Daniel's & Natasha's life.
The events that take place in this story, all happen in one day. Daniel was off to give his interview for Yale University & Natasha wanted to prevent her deportation from American. The story is about how these to different individual meet & help out each other, fall in love & then had to leave each other.
The author has tremendous vision as in how he has written the story from three different prospective, Daniel, Natasha & the universe.
To know where Natasha gets deported, Daniel goes to Yale or not, they end up together or not, you will have to read this novel. At the end of this novel, I promise you, you will have a smile on your face.
We get to see how people and their actions are interlinked in some or the other way with each other. The concept of the book is so beautiful and unique. It deals with the complexities of the human relationships in the simplest way possible. All in all it was a fantastic read and i am so glad that i read it .
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It’s a beautiful read, consistently making me want to laugh and cry, and question my own opinions in regard to how the universe works.
Firstly, I’d like to mention that the cover art for this book is absolutely stunning. Upon finishing it, I understood its meaning immediately: that every second, different people, things and circumstances are all brought together, and they clash to create an outburst of consequences that have a huge impact on the rest of our lives. We make hundreds of decisions every single day, and each of these decisions leads to a different future where hundreds of more decisions lie. The outcome depends on which route we take. The cover and the novel, both encourage readers to think about everything they do with an open mind, and to be careful with how we effect other people’s journeys.
Leading on from that, I love how every event in the novel was interlinked with another, how every person we were introduced to either had a hand in how Daniel and Natasha’s lives played out, or vice-versa. It shows how even saying one kind (or rude) word to a stranger can influence them to make a huge life-changing decision.
The novel also dealt well with racism and how young people cope with having extremely prejudice parents. Daniel’s father’s disrespect towards Natasha and his embarrassment, I felt was written incredibly well and worked towards giving the characters more dimension. It’s realistic to write, not only about two characters who are both considered minorities in Twenty-First Century America, but who also don’t conform to the stereotypes placed on them. Daniel’s issues with his Korean parents wanting what’s best for him instead of what makes him happiest, and Natasha’s father wanting what’s best for himself instead of what’s best for his family, gives them common ground which many readers will be able to identify with. Yoon portrays realistic family dynamics in showing that they are complicated and hardly ever perfect.
Although I loved The Sun Is Also a Star, the reason I’m not giving it five stars, is that it was a little hard to get into. I think this was because the chapters started off very short and kept switching perspectives, however I understand that this was necessary to get the whole concept across. More into the middle I began to enjoy the short chapters because they gave us access to what each character was thinking in any particular moment. Something else that bothered me, was Natasha’s personality. As brutal as that sounds, she was a bit hard to like because of her pessimistic nature and how rude she was to Daniel at times, but as the story went on and he warmed her heart, she was much easier to read.
The ending was absolutely amazing – so amazing that it brought tears to my eyes for literally no reason! I wholeheartedly recommend this book as it really can change your entire viewpoint on the world and our day-to-day lives. 4 stars to Nicola Yoon’s, The Sun Is Also a Star. Brilliant.
Yoon's approach to this book was very unique. There were two main POVs, Daniel and Natasha, but there were still snippets of fact and other character POVs that kept the story flowing and provided a different perspective. I really liked the way this book was structured and the length of each chapter especially because it felt like a really quick read and stood out from others as well-written, contemporary and buzzing with both energy and intensity. Natasha and Daniel were really great characters, I liked the book's focus on racism between minorities and immigration (Natasha is an illegal Jamaican immigrant about to be deported and Daniel, of Korean descent, is being forced to live the 'American dream' by his parents who had it harder) which is something rarely covered in books.
I have to say though, despite throwing in lots of other distractions along the way, the insta-love still made me eye roll just a teensy bit. Especially as Natasha was so dead-set against it! Some of the quotes in this book are clever and a little cute, but a fair few of them could be pretty vomit-inducing for most of the reading public. As the book was focussing on such serious issues, I really wanted to believe that this story could happen. But it struck me as . little too cringey to be feasible. Of COURSE Daniel is a poet (and boy, do we know it). Of COURSE he sees 'signs' and 'fate' in the most mundane of things. Of COURSE Natasha goes along with it and doesn't report him for stalking her like that. Of COURSE love wins all, even though they have only known each other for a day! Yeah, it definitely felt like a marmite book to me, but it won me round!
To a large extent I was correct. Although 'The Sun is also a Star' is not another 'The Fault in Our Stars' and I was initially concerned that it would nowhere near meet my expectations, as the characters of Natasha and Daniel were revealed simultaneously to each other and the reader, I came to empathize with them both (but especially Natasha, whose character is very well fleshed out) and started to care intensely about their fate both as individuals and as a couple.
In addition to the love story, the issues of race, colour, a sense of belonging, and the internal struggle between pursuing one's dreams and following the expectations of others are all explored at least partially, giving the novel some of the depth I was craving - and a greater breadth than I had anticipated, which was a bonus.
Observable fact: We Are magic."
Again after reading one of Nicola's books I'm left speechless and utterly in love with her book. What started as one day to fall in love and then pulled ten years after the ending. In believe in love and I always believed in Natasha & Daniel. My bookish heart couldn't love these characters and this novel anymore than it already does. As soon as I read the last page I went back and read the last two pages five more times. My heart is full.......
That's what I liked so much about this book. This book tries to look, almost like a snapshot, at so many different peoples experiences. Not just Natasha and Daniels. Some of the extracts from seemingly secondary characters are more than just a bit of background filler; some are factual, some are just interesting and others are snapshots of heart-wrenching accounts of what some of those characters who seem so insignificant to the story might have been going through.
I can't detract from the fact that this is basically a love story - Daniel and Natasha are opposites who undertake a sort of social experiment to see if spending the day together will make them fall in love. And of course it works. But what's interesting about this love story is that Daniel is a hopeless romantic and Natasha just isn't. She absolutely doesn't believe in love at first sight, and so her "coming around to the idea" of it is quite interesting to watch. I have to admit that I'm probably just as sceptical as Natasha is, I think love is more of a long-term thing where you get used to someone's rubbish parts as well as how much you're attracted to them. So it's hard to believe in this love at first sight story which progresses over the space of a few hours, in a single day.
But, if you can look past the slightly unbelievable love story. The underpinning ideas are really interesting. I didn't love it like I loved Everything, Everything but I did like it quite a lot.