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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

 

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Comments on: "The sun is also a star – Nicola Yoon" (4)

  1. This book is amazing and it is written extremely well by the author. It gives a different take on the typical girl meets boy love stories. It shows 2 characters who seemingly fall in love after one day. Natasha, is about to be deported to Jamaica and she is trying everything to stay where she is with her family, along the way she meets romantic Daniel and in the space of one day they fall in love with one another. This books shows how even the smallest of actions can affect someone else’s life and how all actions are intertwined in some way or another. I loved this book and highly recommend it to someone looking for an easy to read, romantic book with a beautiful storyline. I rate this book 8 out of 10.

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  2. You may think that this book is just another love story, but no. This book is much more than that. The Sun Is Also A Star is set in just one day, and is about a boy and a girl who have complete opposite personalities falling in love. Daniel thinks that him and Natasha are ‘meant to be’, but Natasha isn’t so sure. Especially since she is about to be deported to Jamaica. Throughout the day, Daniel tries to get Natasha to fall in love with him. He is certain that they are going to live together forever, and Natasha slowly warms to the idea. Since this book is written from the character’s perspectives, you can really imagine what it would be like to be one of them. I really love how Nicola Yoon wrote it, and she used a lot of vocabulary I hadn’t heard before. It is focused on different cultures, immigrants, family issues, and love. Also, this book is written well because one event leads to another. If Daniel hadn’t left his house early, he wouldn’t have met Natasha, which means the whole day would never have happened. But my favourite part overall would have to be the ending. It’s sad and happy at the same time. I really do recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, and even if you don’t like romance, you should give it a try, because this book isn’t just about love.

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  3. After reading Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon I knew that I had to read the next novel that she had published-and this one was even better. The Sun is also a star is another romantic love story of boy meets girls, however with a twist that by the end of the day, they may never see each other gain. It involves different cultures, backgrounds and different circumstances that are supposed to bring them apart-but they don’t. Between Natasha and Daniel, it should be up to how certain events aline that predict how their lives will turn out, however it is the sacrifices and the connection that they both share that makes their love story unique and special no matter if it is torn apart. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loved Everything Everything or loves a romantic novel.

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  4. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR BY NICOLA YOON is a contemporary book about two unlikely people falling in love. This is by far one of my favourite books of all time. Nicola Yoon really brought her A game with this book as it captures immense emotion and the life of a immigrant, whether they be documented or undocumented. This book really taught me a lot about immigrants. Even though I’m a first generation immigrant as well, I learnt so much prospect about parents and how they feel about their children losing their cultural heritage. Daniel is a Korean American and a hopeless romantic. My favourite trait about him is probably the fact that he cries when he sees others cry. I also like the fact that he has long hair (I LOVE long hair on guys, as long as it’s washed and not greasy because EW) and that he continues to feel bad for his brother Charlie even though he’s a total scumbag. I feel as though Charlie and Daniel really emphasise on ‘first generation immigrant’. Charlie HATES his Korean heritage, and chooses to be more western to meet the standard of an American. This has happened to a lot of people I know. Maybe they think that trying to change their accent, wear ten shades lighter foundation, only date white people or not eating their cultures foods will make them less… like them. Has society really made us want to change ourselves to fit into the standard of westernisation in minorities? Daniel, on the other hand, is fine with being Korean. He goes out and eats at Korean restaurants, he speaks Korean to his parents and is fine with dating Korean girls. He is the other side of an immigrant. He is his culture and his culture is him. Do I feel bad that Charlie had been deemed so culturally different that he started to hate himself and become cruel to others? Yes. Did I feel great for about 2 hours after Daniel punched Charlie smack in the eye? HELL YEAH. Daniel is an interesting character. He obviously doesn’t want to go to Yale, but he somehow thinks that blowing off the interview would be a good idea? I don’t know here’s a thought: Go to the interview, try your best – if you get in, you get in. If you don’t, then hooray! I thought he was being a tad too dramatic about not wanting to go to the interview. I’m glad his character wasn’t just another Korean character to be fetishised. Daniel has depth and was developed throughout this story so well. I like that he is a dreamer and carries a book and writes poems in them. That is something that nearly stops him and Natasha from falling in love. Natasha believes in science. She uses science to explain love, she uses it as her weapon and her essence as a whole. I really loved that she spoke about science like it was her true love. Not some boy she just met. Science was her refuge. One of my favourite moments in the book was when it was describing African American hair and why it means a lot to that community. I think this passage should be quoted to anyone culturally appropriating black culture as a whole. It tell us about why women started using relaxers in their hair and why natural hair was also important. This is a topic that is among black youth nowadays. Is it hating your culture if you relax your hair? Is it a political statement if you keep it natural? I like that Natasha didn’t care about that – she decided on an afro because she thought it was pretty. Natasha and Daniel are very different. Natasha is being deported and Daniel is trying to make his parent happy by going to a Yale interview. Natasha believes in science, Daniel believes in destiny. So the fact that Nicola Yoon could make this Insta-Love storyline so real and intense and emotional and developed has me in shock. It really gave us an insight to interracial relationships in YA fiction — something that we hardly ever get (full offence). I really enjoyed the love story between the two. It was really refreshing to read and it just made me so happy overtime they had a moment. My favourite parts of the book is when Natasha just wants to see him with his hair out and when it finally does she just sort of explodes inside. The karaoke was by far my favour moment of the two. It wasn’t like any of the Insta Love storylines in YA at all. The characters actually got to know each other -as well as themselves- better all in that day. The time span of the book was one day. ONE DAY. In one day so many things can happen. In one day, you could find love and lose it all at once. You can choose to end your life or live it reborn. You could end a relationship and start a new one. You can grow. You can move on. I think Nicola Yoon really put the book together so well, teaching me countless things all at once. One of the saddest things was Irene. She worked at the immigration office (I think that’s where it was) and she was lonely. So lonely that she was going to commit suicide. But the ending of this books touches base with that, and when you read it – you shall have a good cry that I shamelessly did. Another sad story was the POV of the lady that worked at the restaurant and told Daniel to teach Natasha how to use chop sticks. She saw them together and thought of her son who married a white girl and had a life with her. Reading that whole chapter brought tears to my eyes because it could happen to me. My parents had an arranged marriage and then they moved to Australia – would they be happy with me being with someone who wasn’t Bengali? When people ask what type of books I prefer I say fantasy. Why? Because sometimes contemporary books feel too close to home, too real and painful. And I guess Nicola Yoon was trying to make it hit home – for everyone to understand the book. This story reflected on everyone in the world- not just Daniel and Natasha. Every encounter they had with strangers affected those people, whether it be in a negative or positive light. The way Nicola Yoon wrote point of views from those encountered people really brought the story to life. From the resentment of parents, annoying family members, pressure of being a teenager, fitting into western standards, suicide, immigration, cheating, lying, science and love — this book was a true gift to readers everywhere.

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