I really enjoyed the back and forth thoughts between the main characters and how it took place over one day. I also liked the small snippets of other points of view that you got from other characters throughout the book. It's an interesting take on falling in love over the course of a day and the plight of an undocumented person and immigrant in america.
The #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist from the bestselling author of Everything, Everything will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other.
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?
"Beautifully crafted."--People Magazine
"A book that is very much about the many factors that affect falling in love, as much as it is about the very act itself . . . fans of Yoon’s first novel, Everything Everything, will find much to love—if not, more—in what is easily an even stronger follow up." —Entertainment Weekly
"Transcends the limits of YA as a human story about falling in love and seeking out our futures." —POPSUGAR.com
- ISBN10 0553496689
- ISBN13 9780553496680
- Publish Date 1 November 2016
- Publish Status Active
- Publish Country US
- Imprint Delacorte Press
- Format Hardcover
- Pages 384
- Language English
- URL https://penguinrandomhouse.com/books/isbn/9780553496680
But it was cute and I liked how she also put thought in the people around the main characters and how the story influenced them.. 2.5 stars, but lets round it up to 3.
The story revolves around the lives of Daniel and Natasha, the time frame is one day. I have no idea how they were able to do so much in a day. Like really, it was almost unbelievable, they eat at two restaurants, rode the subway (multiple times), walked a bunch of city blocks, went back home twice (about 20 minute ride both ways), had an interview, lawyer appointment, trip to the museum, etc. Like really they did a lot. The story also has insta-love but it's done different, it also revolves around fate or destiny. I believe in love at first sight, I did with my husband (seriously it was) but this just seemed so over the top. I just couldn't get behind what was going on. The real kicker is the twist and I hated it...yup, I hated the last handful of chapters at the end of this book. Now, it's not because it didn't go how I wanted but with all that build up, I just didn't get the end, I really didn't and the last page, I almost physically threw the book.
The positive is the character build is fantastic, you really felt for both Daniel and Natasha, I actually liked reading in Daniels POV. He was just a really funny guy and I just loved the voice she gave him. I liked Natasha, just not as much as I would have liked, I am not sure why. I felt so bad for her but I think her hot and cold attitude is what threw me off. I had more of an issue with the relationship between the two characters more than anything. I found the entire thing sort of forced and very strange. Like it takes more than a day to really get to know someone. At some points Daniel even mentioned that and I kept thinking but then this doesn't really doesn't make sense. If you know you don't know her, how can you be so in love with her, like the way he was? (You need to read the book to see what I mean, I can't give anything away even though I am DYING to)
With the state of the world I wont even express my opinion on the deportation or racism in the book because I don't want it taken wrong. Everyone has different beliefs, I felt bad for both families and I will leave it at that. This book really is perfect for what is going on in the world now.
Overall, this wasn't a bad read. I did enjoy, to a point, the characters. The story was interesting but extremely frustrating. This is a book that I believe will be hit or miss. I never read any of Nicola Yoon's other books (I think she has one) I don't think this will be my last book from her. I would love to read more from her. I do recommend, if you aren't sure if you should read it I think you should give it a try and then send me a message so we can chat about it. :)
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Natasha and Daniel are two very different people. Natasha is wise beyond her years and highly intelligent. She's a practical soul that believes in science and facts, not love and fate. She's also an illegal immigrant that feels more at home in the US than in Jamaica, the country of her birth. And she is just hours from being deported when she meets Daniel. Daniel is the polar opposite to Natasha. He is just as wise for his years, but he believes in fate and destiny. He's a poet and has a dreamer's soul. But he is first generation American in a Korean family. And his family has very strict expectations for his future. It's a future he doesn't want, but until Natasha, it is the only one he thought he had. Yet the differences between them fall away over the course of a single day.
But The Sun is Also a Star is more than a book about love, even first love. It's a book about family and choices and fate. It's about finding your own way in the world, your own place. Natasha is fighting to stay in the US, unhappy that she losing everything she loves and a future that is bright because of someone else's mistake. Her journey is about family and forgiveness, even acceptance. But Daniel's journey is different. His is about living his own life in his own way, despite his family. And meeting each other is a chance moment that changes both of them forever.
On the surface, this book is a sweet romantic story. But it is also a book that makes you think. It makes you think about your own life and your own choices. The choices that led you to where you are right now and the choices still ahead of you. It makes you think about those random moments that can totally change the course of your life. It's about all the ways family can make a difference in your life, good or bad.
Overall: This is a book that deserves to be taken at more than the surface. It is a book that deserves to be thought about, to be considered. I definitely recommend it!