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The Sun Is Also a Star Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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An Amazon Best Book of November 2016: Over the course of a single day in New York City, two teenagers who have nothing in common randomly meet and fall in love. Now I know that sounds absurdly cliché, but somehow in Nicola Yoon’s hands, it doesn’t read that way. Natasha is a practical young woman trying to keep her family from being deported in a matter of hours. Daniel is a poet at heart, but on this day he is dutifully making good on his familial commitment to a college interview. The two are inexplicably drawn to each other and somehow their paths keep converging. The novel is told in alternating points of view, and one of the special touches of Yoon’s book are the chapters narrated by people who are unintentionally part of Natasha and Daniel’s story, mirroring our almost spooky interconnectedness. The Sun is Also a Star is a thought-provoking story of possibility, fate, and the illogical beauty of love. --Seira Wilson, The Amazon Book Review
From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—It is Natasha's last day in New York City, where she has lived for 10 years. Her family, living as undocumented immigrants in a small Brooklyn apartment, are being deported to Jamaica after her father's arrest for drunk driving. Natasha is scouring the city for a chance to stay in the United States legally. She wants the normal teen existence of her peers. Meanwhile, poetic Daniel is on his way to an interview as part of his application process to Yale. He is under great pressure to get in because his parents (who emigrated from South Korea) are adamant that he become a doctor. Events slowly conspire to bring the two leads together. When Daniel and Natasha finally meet, he falls in love immediately and convinces her to join him for the day. They tell their stories in alternating chapters. Additional voices are integrated into the book as characters interact with them. Both relatable and profound, the bittersweet ending conveys a sense of hopefulness that will resonate with teens. VERDICT This wistful love story will be adored by fans of Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park and by those who enjoyed the unique narrative structure of A.S. King's Please Ignore Vera Dietz.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
Top Customer Reviews
Yoon has created an intricate interweaving of those seemingly random small events in life which are utterly pivotal, and it is fascinating to watch the pattern develop. The narrative is balanced between the poetic Daniel, who does not want to follow the life-plan envisioned by his Korean parents and become a doctor; and the scientific Natasha who is appalled at the circumstances which will force her undocumented family, herself included, to be deported back to Jamaica. The artistry with which the author dances these two diverse personalities together in their romantic encounter is alternately poignant, amusing and deeply touching. Interjected in the narrative are other little vignettes which are not only explanatory but also serve to support the basic premise that even apparently insignificant interactions and encounters may indeed shape destiny.
I am philosophically and spiritually deeply in tune with Yoon’s wonderful hypothesis, expressed by Daniel during one of his conversations with Natasha, that the “dark matter” which makes up 27% of the Universe and holds everything together is in fact love, and that the highest aspiration of humankind is to value, cherish and express that love in whatever way they can. The characterizations, as well as the descriptions of places and actions, are authentic and extremely moving. This book is real, and I found it extremely – well, lovely!
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
5 out of 5 gnomes
Wow, wow, wow. Nicola Yoon is definitely now an auto buy author for me now. Her writing is so vivid and it just pulls you and all of your feelings into the story. May I just say that this story was messy, beautiful, and will make you think a lot.
Natasha and Daniel are strangers that have one heck of a day when their lives intersect. This whole story will really make you wonder/contemplate happenstance and fate. The whole conflict and give and take is just very well done.
You get to see the perspective of just about every character in the story and get their background/or a history of a thing or concept.
I love that the story shows how each interaction you have with the world can profoundly change you or someone else. It shows just how connected everyone and everything really can be.
When I thought I knew where the story was going it zigged and then zagged in an even more interesting direction. Then there was that ending which put the biggest smile on my face. It pretty much capped off the whole book perfectly.
And that's this book more or less in a nutshell. I knew exactly what was going to happen in this book. You know, too. These two crazy kids were going to fall in love, and it would change their lives forever. But the journey they take to get there... it's still awe inspiring.
How does Nicola Yoon even do this? Because when I read the blurb for this book I was not impressed. However, having enjoyed Everything, Everything I took a chance on it. Boy, am I glad I did. I think The Sun is Also a Star exceeds its predecessor. Yoon has an amazing talent for telling beautiful, heartwarming stories using lovely prose that is in no way fussy or overworked.
We follow the tale of Daniel and Natasha, two strangers who fate seems determined to push together. Daniel is the son of Korean immigrants who want him to go to Yale and become a doctor-- and they aren't really asking. Daniel does not want to displease his parents, but he is a natural poet who finds meaning in words rather than science. Natasha is the exact opposite. She doesn't even believe in love, much less love from first sight. Natasha's father is a failed actor, and the resentment she feels towards him has made her abandon any thought of have passion or dreams. The day Natasha and Daniel meet is a pivotal point for both of them. Daniel has an interview for Yale. Natasha is about to be deported. One day with someone can't possibly be enough to fall in love with them... right?
Even though I gave this book 5 stars, and it deserved it, I still can't help but nitpick a little. There are a lot of perspective shifts in this book, some in first person and others in third, and sometimes that interrupted the flow of the story for me. I also thought the very ending was a bit reminiscent of Yoon's first book.
If you're a fan of charming romances, pick this one up. You won't regret it.
The Sun Is Also a Star is a brilliant representation of humanity, and the roles love, fate, chance, and purpose play in how our world unfolds around us. Sun follows Natasha and David, two teenagers who are at points in their lives when their decisions have more weight, their futures uncertain, and their destinies seemingly in everyone else’s hands but their own. The story takes place over the course of a day, on the busy streets of New York City, and uses a unique narrative consisting of multiple POVs. Nicola Yoon converges lives and shows that even within our own story, the rest of the world matters.
Sun is about dreamers. It’s about the romantics and it’s about the realists. It’s about everyone who simply dreams of a life filled with happiness, passion, and love. It’s also about those who practically dream of security and freedom. Sun is about the immigrant story, one that’s more important than ever.
Sun follows Daniel, a Korean American boy who doesn’t fit into his family, and doesn’t fit into his country. It’s about Natasha, an undocumented Jamaican immigrant, who would appear more “American” than most Americans, because she certainly doesn’t “act Jamaican” but she’s not and she’s about to be deported.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yoon uses a single Fall day as a backdrop to two complicated young people as they set about the business of falling in love. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Amazon Customer
The Sun is Also a Star is a lovely read and an important one. It's like a 101 class on human empathy. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Great read! I finished it in a few days and I loved every word. Can't wait to read Nicola Yoons other bookPublished 1 day ago by Anne Marie
Review based on advanced copy.
Plot: Earlier this year, I read Everything, Everything in less than a day and I knew that there was something special about Mrs. Read more
The Sun is Also A Star is such a beautiful gem. It felt so real, true, trandsecent, deep and uplifting. Read morePublished 1 day ago by T. McKinney
Loved this book with all my heart. Great characters and story. It makes me a bit more hopeful. Thanks, Stephanie!Published 2 days ago by Julie Porter
One of the best and unique books of 2016, or ever. She is an amazing writer, and my only complaint is that I found her too early and just have her 2 books to read!Published 2 days ago by Hailey Shepherd
One of the most entertaining books I've read in years! Some parts are laugh-out-loud funny.Published 2 days ago by Arnold R. Klappas
Yoon's inelegantly written story should probably be classified as young adult (middle school) although the use of scatological language throughout would no doubt prevent that. Read morePublished 4 days ago by amachinist