The Sun Is Also A Star

The Sun Is Also A Star

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Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them --Jacket.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780385683685
0385683685
Characteristics: 348 pages : illustrations

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Natasha and Daniel didn't plan on meeting each other. Natasha has no use for notions of destiny and lives in fear of being deported. Daniel has always been a good student and is drawn to Natasha, as if by fate.


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YourLocalReader
Apr 20, 2021

The Sun Is Also A Star explores the complicated love story between Natasha and Daniel, each facing their problems. Natasha is an illegal immigrant who is facing deportation to Jamaica for her father’s mistake. Daniel is an Asian-American stuck between his parent’s expectations and his desires. Natasha and Daniel meet by fate, and they fall in love in a day. I think the plot was very ambitious with instant romance, and it turned me off a bit. I think the writing was very exquisite and meaningful, but the chemistry between them fell flat for me. The idea of the plot was better than the execution for me.
However, I do like the individual characterizations of Natasha and Daniel. They both hold such contrasting personalities with their distinctive voice shown through their perspectives. I think I enjoyed them individually more than their relationship. The loose ending allows the readers to imagine what happens next without a definite answer, and I think the conclusion was clever. The novel covers societal issues incredibly well: a corrupt immigration system, racism, and familial expectations. There is very little representation for interracial relationships in young adult literature, and I appreciated the inclusion of the interracial relationship (both people of color). My favorite part of the novel was the theme of fate: how meeting a stranger can change your life. There are very few novels that touch upon this topic in-depth, but this novel was insightful into how fate controls a part of our interactions with other people. Overall, I think this book was well-written, but the romance fell a little flat for me. The instant love felt forced for me, but the characters individually grew on me. The societal issues open the reader’s eyes to new perspectives that they might not have considered. I found this novel to be similar to Everything Everything or I’ll Give You The Sun. I would give this book a 3.5; I went into this novel for the romance advertised, but I stayed for the societal themes and characters.

Age Recommendation: 14+
TW: Some brief sexual jokes, mention of infidelity, mild cursing
Rating: 3.5/5

FPL_Jenni Apr 17, 2021

The Sun is Also a Star is a National Book Awards Finalist that portrays the electrifying love story between a cynical realist and a romantic optimist. Yoon tackles many relevant themes within her novel, such as the effect that the “American Dream” has on immigrant families. Many immigrant families, mine included, believe that the “American Dream” is akin to financial success. Yoon also brings up the topic of racism and how even other minorities will be racists towards Black people, a fact that I am very much aware of since I experienced something similar with my parents and partner. Another reoccurring theme within the novel is the balance between passion and reason, in which Daniel fully believes in living a passionate life while Natasha believes in living a reasonable life. Their difference in mentality causes a lot of drifts and arguments in the beginning, however, as the pair learn from one another and see the other’s point-of-view, they realize that passion and reason does not have to be in opposition on one another; rather, there is a way to blend both in order to obtain a happy and fulfilling life. All in all, an eye-opening novel with incredible chemistry.

The Sun is Also a Star is so much more than a simple YA romance. It reveals the story of Korean American and a Jamaican immigrant who grew up in the US and their journey to falling in love through a series of coincidences (or shall I say fate). It reveals how we are all connected in ways that we never think of. It shares intriguing facts about Korean culture and what it is like to grow up the child of immigrant parents. It exhibits the tragic and intimidating truth about deportation. It reveals the experiences of immigrants who come to America for a better life. But one of the aspects of this book that I really enjoyed was the way that Nicola Yoon used multiple perspectives to unveil things about minor characters you never would have thought twice about. It got me thinking how there is so much that we don’t know about other people, people that may seem irrelevant in our day to day lives, but in the grand scheme of the universe aren’t so irrelevant after all. The romance between Daniel and Natasha is electrifying and out of this world. Their relationships with their families were also really interesting. I truly loved every single part of this book and would certainly recommend it to everyone, especially those who like romance, as well!

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

This movie focuses on two different characters from two different lifestyles. It takes place over a short period of time, showing how the two young adults lives became intertwined. The movie shows how they met by fate but found each other again years later out of desire and excitement. Daniel Bae, a young college bound Korean student, is one of the protagonists in thismovie. His family wants him to go to Yale and become a doctor however, Daniel wishes to pursue his love of poetry. His father and brother do not support his ambitions. Although at home he follows a typical Korean lifestyle, he only wants to live the life of a “normal” American teen. Natasha Kingsley is a Jamaican-American. She was born in Jamaica, but her family moved to New York City when she was only 8 years old. Although her family is facing deportation, she remains optimistic. On her final day in New York, she makes a final attempt to delay or stop her family’s deportation. This is when she meets Daniel.

When they meet again and again throughout the day Daniel believes that it is fate. Natasha doesn’t believe in fate or destiny. With only hours to spare before her
deportation, Natasha deems Daniel and his romantic ideas unnecessary. Later, about to cross the street Natasha fails to see a car coming directly at her. Whether it be luck, destiny, fate, or whatever else it may be, Daniel is there to knock her out.

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haileehenny
Mar 12, 2021

The book The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon tells the story of Natasha, an undocumented immigrant, and Daniel, a Korean American aspiring poet with an extremely competitive family. The two of them meet and eventually become close. Throughout the story, Natasha's and Daniel's cultures play a large role in their lives, impacting their journey and growth. This book explores themes of connection between all things and how actions can have huge unintended consequences. This novel is a great read for anyone who enjoys stories of young romance and characters stepping into their cultures. I recommend this book to readers 12+.

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em_gv
Mar 12, 2021

Read this in 2018, really enjoyed it at the time.

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lkim17
Mar 10, 2021

Meeting by chance on a fateful day in New York, two lives become intertwined amidst their respective struggles in life. Author Nicola Yoon weaves together a unique novel in The Sun is Also a Star. While on his way to an interview, Daniel meets Natasha, who is meeting an attorney to fight against her family being deported to Jamaica. Daniel and Natasha share many moments, from light-hearted ones to emotional ones. Both’s families are described to be seekers of the American dream, from different backgrounds and different priorities. The two spend the day together, falling in love and ultimately being driven apart. However, years later, on a plane ride, Natasha and Daniel reunite once again. This book is best suited for fans of realistic fiction and romance.

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amberhen
Mar 05, 2021

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, follows the romance between two 17 year olds: Natasha and Daniel. They meet unexpectedly on the streets of New York, and their story progresses from there. Themes of intertwining culture, assimilation, connections, and the "American dream" are found within the plot. Personally, I found that this book became more intriguing as I continued to read, and I even felt a connection to several of the characters. Overall, it is a fun read with valuable perspective, and I recommend this book!

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Alicorn1
Mar 05, 2021

The Sun is Also a Star is an absolutely extraordinary book! The writing and characters pulled me in and I was amazed how, over the span of twenty-four hours, every single event in the book connected to each other in one way or another. In this modern world, Natasha and Daniel meet in the most unexpected ways. Natasha is devastated that she and her family are going to be deported to Jamaica in less than twenty-four hours and Daniel is hesitant about the future his parents had laid out for him. After a series of fateful events, Natasha and Daniel begin to understand each other and the meaning of love. I really enjoyed reading about Natasha's cynical views of the world and Daniel's belief in fate because their differing perspectives had me thinking about the definition of love and how love can change people in even the smallest of ways. I would recommend this book for anyone who loves romance and philosophy!

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LycheeLily
Mar 03, 2021

I couldn’t stop smiling after completing this wonderful novel. Nicola Yoon has pieced together an inspiring story of life, dreams, and love that carefully touches on heavy subjects like racial stereotypes, breakups, and tense family ties. On the day this story is set, Daniel and Natasha cross paths, causing their lives to change in wholly different ways than they had initially expected. I absolutely love the relationship these two 17-year-olds form; there was just the right amount of romance between Daniel’s poetic words and Natasha’s scientific thoughts. In addition to this romance are flashbacks, scientific and historical facts, and stories of the other characters Daniel and Natasha meet. I especially enjoyed these short side stories because they offered me new perspectives and made me realize that everybody else has a history and a story to tell. The short chapters only added to the amazing plot, allowing me to absorb this book in a short span of time. I recommend this book to everybody, though I think people interested in reading about romance, some sci-fi, history, relationships, and destiny would enjoy the book the most. A must read!

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Observable Fact: I don't believe in magic.
Observable Fact: We are magic.”
― Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Having dreams never killed anybody.”
― Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“People spend their whole lives looking for love. Poems and songs and entire novels are written about it. But how can you trust something that can end as suddenly as it begins?”
― Nicola Yoon, The Sun is Also a Star

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I didn't know you this morning, and now I don't remember not knowing you.”
― Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I don't believe in love."

"It's not a religion," he says. "It exists whether you believe in it or not.”
― Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.”
― Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Maybe part of falling in love with someone else is also falling in love with yourself.”
― Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star

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nhph6982
Aug 27, 2020

"I don’t care what she says about love and chemicals. This will not fade away. This is more than chemistry." -- Daniel

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SugaFreeKookiez
May 06, 2020

"Probably I shouldn't stare at her legs, but they're great (the third greatest pair I've ever seen). I want to touch them as much as I want to keep talking to her (maybe a little more), but there are no circumstances under which she would let me do that." -Daniel pg. 123

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miraellie
Apr 08, 2020

“Maybe part of falling in love with someone else is also falling in love with yourself.”

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shayshortt
Feb 14, 2017

Natasha is an undocumented Jamaican immigrant who has been in the United States since she was eight years old, and today is her last day in New York. Tonight, she and her family have to get on a plane and go back to Jamaica, all thanks to her father’s DUI. But Natasha is desperate to stay, to graduate high school, to go to college. Everything—her life, her future, almost all of her memories—is here. Daniel is the second son of hard-working South Korean immigrants. Today, he must put on his suit, cut his long hair, and put aside his dreams of being a poet. Today, he has an admissions interview for Yale University, where his parents expect him to study to become a doctor. When Natasha and Daniel’s paths cross, their romance is destined to end almost as soon as it begins. How much can you love in a single day?

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