- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 4 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listening Library
- Audible.com Release Date: November 1, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01K5VQF0W
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This novel moves between two narrators: Daniel and Natasha. Daniel is a Korean immigrant who is struggling with his parents' expectations that he go to Yale and become a doctor. Natasha and her family are illegals being deported to Jamaica immediately unless they can find some last minute assistance to allow them to remain in the United States.
These two teenagers meet and have only a day together, yet both fall in love. I wanted Natasha and Daniel to have a happily ever after, for Daniel to be able to forge his own path, for Natasha's family to be allowed to remain in the United States.
This book was a very quick read, but in some ways I feel like the short chapters and speed of the story prevented me from being totally invested in Natasha and Daniel. Yoon's ending is also a bit unbelievable, which may bother some readers, but which I enjoyed a lot.
This is a good second novel from a talented author. I had such high expectations after Everything Everything, I'm not sure anything could live up that for me.
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.
but like i said the story is fun, the characters interesting, and the writing style different...much better story than her other novel "Everything Everything" (also read for book club)
so if the profanity isn't a big deal to you i would recommend it...
A powerful story of destiny and love at first sight. The characters are well developed and it is eloquently addresses the concepts of expectations and bias. Daniel struggles between doing what he wants and what is expected. Clearly a likable character that struggles to migrate from his Korean culture to his new American desires. Natasha, an illegal immigrant, is a feisty, level headed girl who believes in the power of logic not destiny. The author expertly intertwines various stories throughout expertly connecting them through fate. A light story that looks at some serious topics in a meaningful way.
i absolutely love Nicola's writing.
i definitely recommend her first book as well; Everything Everything.
i got it the day of release (makes shopping so much easier through amazon!) and the packaging was great. no damage what so ever.
This book deals with so many themes: cultural identity, race, family, immigration, religion, etc. The book takes place over about 14 hours and the two characters meet and fall in love in that time. I think some reviewers will dislike the "insta-love" aspect of this book, but them falling in love so quickly is the entire point of the story. Can two people be meant to be? Is there such a thing as fate (as opposed to just a bunch of coincidences that lead to a particular outcome)? Natasha doesn't believe in fate. Daniel does, and he's willing to pursue her until she believes it too. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Yoon talks about "multiverses" and how there might be a universe that exists for every possible outcome. And so when Daniel and Natasha meet there are couple of moments when they think they're having deja vu, as if those universes are colliding together.
I also love that Yoon is always so creative with her narrative style and pulls us into the stories of secondary and minor characters in addition to the two leads.
And yay, representation for all the interracial couples out there that don't often get their stories told!