Reviews

El sol también es una estrella, by Nicola Yoon

hipstamom's review against another edition

Go to review page

adventurous emotional funny hopeful sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

I wouldn't call this book a romance. I docked a star because there's no HEA/HFN. 

reader84's review against another edition

Go to review page

3.0

3.5 stars

teenage_reads's review against another edition

Go to review page

4.0

Plot:
Natasha Kingsley is American in her heart. From age eight she has only known her family’s one-bedroom Brooklyn home, going to school, and even started applying for colleges around the country. Her dream? To be a data scientist. Not ideal as her true love is in physics, but data scientist is an up and coming field, with a six-figure paycheck, she can put up with the boring work. When her father big break as an actor led to a DUI, the family was discovered to be illegal immigrants, and are being sent back to their home country of Jamaica. With only twelve hours to go, Natasha goes to the streets of New York trying to find a lawyer who can save her from being deported. It was two hours before her meeting, Natasha decided to go to her favorite music shop to see her boyfriend, Rob, and the girl he cheated on Natasha with, Kelly, making out. Daniel, after his train broke down, followed the afro girl with the big pink headphones into the music shop. After getting Kelly almost arrested for stealing, Daniel saves the day again by pushing the girl out of the way of a BMW that decided to run a red. Natasha was her name, the girl Daniel was going to make fall in love with him in the day they had. Daniel, whose parents came to New York from South Korea, open a black hair beauty shop, and always treated Daniel as if he was not their son. Their first born, Charlie, was perfect, smart, handsome, charming, and only to Daniel was Charlie his true self: a jerk. With Charlie on academic probation from Harvard, Daniel must ace his interview with the Yale alumni, in order to get into Yale and become a doctor. This would make his parents happy. With his true love in poetry, Daniel pushes aside his plans to spend the day with Natasha; a girl he is convinced will love him.
Thoughts:
Nicola Yoon wrote this book for the perspective of everyone. Each person that Daniel and Natasha meet had their own chapter, with their own recording of the event. For the security guard, Natasha meets the lawyer, his assistant, even their parents. Like in life, Yoon mad everyone has a story, a reason, making no character insignificant. This was interesting and tied in the whole feeling Yoon was trying to get off how fate dictates our lives. Still, the history chapters could have been done without. Like the half-life chapter, and the eyes are a window to the soul, these were unnecessary and just put a hold on the story. Like all cheesy novels, Yoon added the title in the story into a conversation of Natasha making fun of star poems Daniel write: “Sure, but why not more poems about the sun? The sun is also a star, and it’s our most important one” (178). Aw, Natasha the stereotypical science girl. The chapters were short, some less than a page, making this book flies through your hands. In the cheesiest way, Yoon did a great job and even ended the book ten years after it started to give a full view of the character lives and how they all ended up.

emmafalaschi's review against another edition

Go to review page

funny hopeful lighthearted sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

helenk's review against another edition

Go to review page

5.0

I only wish it was longer.... an easy read that is filled the wonders and sadness of finding a soulmate at the wrong time.

margardenlady's review against another edition

Go to review page

emotional funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Lovely story of poetry vs science, love at first sight and amazing synchronicity. Natasha is about to be deported back to Jamaica,  from where she left as an 8 yr old, and Daniel is a Korean American whose immigrant parents want him to go to Yale for medicine, although he would prefer to write poetry.  They meet in much more than a meet-cute. Their story provides nice back story asides.

anitra2319's review against another edition

Go to review page

adventurous challenging emotional funny reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

thesgtrekkiereads's review against another edition

Go to review page

4.0

3.5stars
Not my usual choice but it fit one of my reading challenges. I did enjoy it.. Nicola has a flair of keeping her readers interested.. plus an American-korean and a Jamaican-descent chick dating.. you know there is drama to follow.. yet i made it through the book. Yay me. So she makes YA TOLERABLE...

2019 reading challenge - A Book Told From Multiple Character POVs

alexismarie20's review against another edition

Go to review page

3.0

3.5⭐️

avachristinem's review against another edition

Go to review page

lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0