Author: Nicola Yoon
Published: November 1, 2016
The sun is also a star follows a story of two teenagers, Natasha and Daniel who both live in New York City. We follow Natasha’s perspective, a Jamaican immigrant who’s been living in the US since she was 8 years old. However, the family is being deported to Jamaica and she is trying to do everything in her power to prevent that from happening. We also follow Daniel’s perspective, a Korean American boy who is trying to live up to his parents expectations. His parents want him to become a doctor, but he has different dreams (he is a poet and he enjoys writing).
Natasha is a realist, very practical and a scientific thinking type of person. She doesn’t believe in religion and love but in science. On the other hand, Daniel is the opposite, he believes in fate, destiny and true love. The story takes place over a span of one day and it’s the same day that Natasha’s family is being deported.
Natasha and Daniel run into one another and Daniel instantly feels a connection and he promises Natasha that by the end of the day, he will convince her to fall in love with him.
I really enjoyed the writing style; it’s beautifully written and very simple but stylistic at the same time. The format of the book was extremely interesting; we get to see both perspectives of the characters. We also get other chapters from other minor characters perspective and how they are relevant to the entire story, how each add to the overall plot of the story. We also get other chapters with explanations of things, i.e. a chapter about the chemical history of love, physics and they all serve a purpose to the story. The book takes place in one day but we get so much, like a relationship being developed.
I really enjoyed the fact that it is easier to relate to the characters. I also enjoyed the fact that, even though they have different beliefs about life, neither of them tries to change the other person, nor do they try to change for that person.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book, it was funny and I even shed a tear more than once. It was one of my favorite book in July and would really recommend it.
Have you guys read the book, and what were your thoughts?
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