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The Sun Is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon

elizaaaa22's review against another edition

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3.0

I read this book in its entirety Christmas afternoon. Was very good, not much to say. I really want a boy like Daniel.

megggriffin's review against another edition

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4.0

“I don't believe in love."

"It's not a religion," he says. "It exists whether you believe in it or not.”

This is my first Nicola Yoon book, and I'll be honest — I primarily picked it up due to the upcoming movie. The cast is excellent, and I've obviously been on a good romance/love book kick. Let's see how this one holds up! It's a bit of a shorter review as I don't want to spoil the book, and the thing I love most of all is the ending of this book.

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The Sun is Also a Star


by Nicola Yoon


Published Date: November 2016
Read Date: March 2019
Format: Audiobook
Genre: YA, Romance
Rating: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md 4/5 Moose
Number of Pages: 384 Pages

Synopsis 


Can you fall in love in one day, even when your whole life might be falling apart?

Main Characters


Natasha - Natasha is doing everything she can to keep her family in America after her father, after being caught driving under the influence, gets them deported for overstaying their visa.

Daniel - Daniel is on his way to an interview with Yale, even though he isn't sure he wants to go to Yale or be a doctor.

Rants, Raves, and Thoughts


tenor

This book caused so many emotions for me. I am working on my fear of alternate realities, and even still, when I finished this book I burst into tears. There's a lot about it I don't like, but I ended up devouring the book quickly. No matter my feelings overall, Nicola Yoon can write well.

This book is told from dual first person point of views, and yet overall it still feels like it is and should be Natasha's story. Daniel just feels flat through most of the story — he doesn't seem to have a character arc really. But I still like him and enjoyed his chapters. I still want Natasha to fall in love with him. But really, he exists to help Natasha see herself and that everything's going to be okay.

Okay, there is the plot line with his brother, and I am glad that isn't entirely resolved in the book.

Natasha, on the other hand, is more our lead main character. Her story is more developed and has a beginning, middle, and end. We find out if her entire day working to achieve this goal of staying in America is successful or not. And she exists as more than just....wanting Daniel.

There is also the "side character" of the universe, which pops up in and out as different characters. There is the security guard at the building Natasha goes to in the beginning who is planning to kill herself, the lawyer who fucks up Natasha's case, his assistant/love of his life, a waitress, parents....a reminder that while this one day is going on (because really, outside of the epilogue it IS one day) our main characters aren't alone, nor are they the sole enforcements of their life.
People just want to believe. Otherwise they would have to admit that life is just a random series of good and bad things that happen until one day you die.

This book was a solid three stars for me, until the epilogue. Which starts as "In an alternate universe," which leads me to believe that the universe we are existing in doesn't have a similar ending, that maybe it's a different kind of happy or sad. All it did was cause me to burst into tears of bitter happiness. I can't deny how powerful it is.

Final Moments


How can you trust something that can end as suddenly as it begins?

I still hate the concept of alternate realities and how they make me feel. Maybe one day I'll accept that I am happy with this life and who I am. This book doesn't necessarily help that (in some ways it hurts me more than helps) but nonetheless, I am glad I read it.

I also love that Nicola Yoon pulls from her own life experiences and her husband's (she's Jamaican and her husband is Korean) even though this isn't the story of how they met, it still adds to the love and care that went into this book.

Also: while there is a lot of subway travel, there is an understanding of the city's logistics which I think many books about NYC miss if the author didn't live there for any time.

I am incredibly excited for this movie given the cast and how much fun they look like they're having. I mean the announcement of the "Paradise" song video is wonderful enough!

 

selenareads's review against another edition

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This story touched a nerve inside me in a way I hadn’t felt since We Are the Ants, and its beauty really touched me deeply. I was having a hard time reading, and I read this in 24 hours when I wasn’t expecting to love it at all. I love this book and it deserves all the praise — all of it.

If I reread this book now, I probably wouldn’t give it five stars. But i did when I read it, and it affected me very deeply. So maybe the rating wouldn’t be this high if I reread it, but I want to honor what it meant to me.

aryaaa's review against another edition

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4.0

cute

sp_13's review against another edition

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4.0

3.5 stars

rnarie's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.75

laureneissler's review against another edition

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5.0

Guys, this book! I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did - the beginning wasn't very appealing to me with how it was switching narrators because it seemed to be breaking up the flow of the story. But then ohmygosh did it get better. I realized what Nicola Yoon was doing with the narrative style loved how she told this story. She says that it's a story of interconnectedness, and that's true.

You get to see how Natasha and Daniel affect each other, others in their lives, and how those others affect them – sometimes without them even recognizing it. I was drawn into their story - a very real story depicting the struggles they are going through individually and then also throughout their day together.

Lisa picked another amazing book for Uppercase! I don't know if I would've picked this up in a bookstore, but I am so glad that I read this. This story's gonna stick with me for a while.

dmantonya's review against another edition

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5.0

Daniel, a Korean, is supposed to have an interview toward being accepted into Yale. He has all morning to prepare. The only tasks he has to do first is take a money bag to his dad and get a haircut. When he is on the train to town someone tells him "You will find God if you look for him." This sticks with him as he gets off the train. The second character is Natasha, a Jamaican, whose family is supposedly to be deported that night. And the rest of the story is about their day with many ups and downs.

lgutierrez's review against another edition

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4.0

Natasha and Daniel are interesting, round characters who are complete opposites of one another. Natasha is a pessimistic illegal immigrant who is about to be deported and Daniel is an optimistic Korean-American who is fighting his parents' expectations that he must become a doctor and go to an Ivy League school. They serendipitously meet one day due to a set of strange circumstances and this sets off a chain of events that changes them and those around them.

rim's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring lighthearted 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

3.0