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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.
Still, I love the story line, the back and forth between the characters, the vast difference between them, but also the similarities. Natasha and Daniel are two completely different people from two different races. By a chance meeting, then another, the insta-love begins. They decide to put the idea of love to a scientific test to see if he can make her fall for him in the only day they have. Coincidences continue to line up, and Natasha refuses to believe in "fate" or a "higher power" or that "everything happens for a reason". But when push comes to shove, when is enough, enough? Daniel opens her eyes to thoughts she would normally shrug off, to considering beliefs she would typically scoff at.
NOTE: This book discusses topics like history & science, race, faith, loneliness, suicide... So while the insta-love factor is there, it wasn't making me run away from the story like they usually do.
The Sun is Also a Star is a beautiful tale of two people pushing the boundaries, not just of race, but of beliefs. That two people with open minds can still love each other completely because of those differences.
Like most romances, enjoyment of the story requires a certain suspension of reality, coincidences, saying the perfect thing at the right moment, teasing but not too much - all the things that make romances work. But hey it's a romance. And it's a YA romance. 12 and up. I don't know if I would want my 12 year old reading this, mostly because of some language though not four letter naughty language. But then again, 12 year olds are about twice as old as I was at that age, so... There's no drugs nor anything else that I think parents might find objectionable. This is a good holiday read, a nice escape from reading all the heavier stuff. Yoon has an earlier book out. Will I read it? Don't know, maybe.
Did not realize it was young adult. But that is OK. It was a quick read. And I kind of got giddy remembering some of those teen feelings.
But in all seriousness- I don't care how OLD you are or if you are left or right. It is an amazing book. It touches on some very deep themes, by giving you a glimpse into the lives of several different characters. The two main characters are Natasha (her and her family being deported) and Daniel (2nd best Korean son) both living in New York City. The majority of the book takes place in once day. I don't want to give a lot away-but I feel like Yoon used the theme of teen romance to bring on some big topics-like life, dealth, family dynamics, immigration and racism. Fabulously done.
In my video I read the opening inspiring quotes and one "chapter"-Daniel, and one Natasha.
"Chapters" : This book isn't really chapters. It switches from each person's perspective 1-2 pages. Another great reason I love this book-it is unconventional and shows young adults a different way writing style.
PS- I sobbed uncontrollably at the end!!!
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