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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Just Finished Reading: The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star
by Nicole Yoon

Published on November 1, 2016
by Delacorte

Source: bought

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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? 

My take: It's been quite a week here in the US. Between the initial shock of "Who's the president-elect again?" and "Where does our country go from here?" I read this book.

It was the perfect read for last week. The Sun is Also a Star is a book that addresses cultural and racial diversity in the US. It addresses immigration issues and families in conflict. But it's also a book about dreams, about our commonalities, about love.

Like Yoon's first book, Everything, EverythingThe Sun is Also a Star features a plot that heavily relies on insta-love. But during these tumultuous times, maybe that's okay. I'd describe the book's style as Jennifer E. Smith (love story set in a day) meets A. S. King (unconventional narrative.) Watching these two crazy kids fall in love amidst all kinds of family and personal crises put a smile on my face. I also loved the way that the book gave snippets of narration to even the most minor of characters, emphasizing the humanity of each one. Each of us has a story, everyone's story is worth listening to, and all our stories intersect in unexpected ways.

If you haven't read this, I highly recommend it. I'll be giving away a copy tomorrow, so be sure to stop by.

10 comments:

  1. I thought this book couldn't come at a better time as well when I read it. I'm glad you enjoyed this now, National Book Awards recipient.

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  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book!! I've been reading nothing but good things about it and your words really made me more excited to read it (unfortunately I still haven't bought it - blame it on the buying ban. ugh.)

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  3. I am happy to see you liked this!! i just got it and am really looking forward to it since I loved Everything, Everything. I can get past the insta-love I'm sure. Great review!

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  4. I'm glad you liked it!! I was a bit miffed with the instalove and all those coincidences. Like the end, on the plane? Eeep. Too much coincidence for me! But I still think it's an important story and the writing is just beautiful. :D

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  5. I just bought this book for my library but haven't processed it yet. Guess I'd better get on that.

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  6. I read this a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I agree that it's a very timely read.

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  7. I loved this book! I'm now reading Everything Everything, because I loved Nicola Yoon's writing.
    I'm so glad you enjoyed it, too!

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  8. I loved this book! I'm now reading Everything Everything, because I loved Nicola Yoon's writing.
    I'm so glad you enjoyed it, too!

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  9. I love the sound of this book! Definitely added to my TBR mountain! Thanks for the awesome review! Happy reading..

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  10. It sounds absolutely beautiful, I'm so glad that it explores the important topics of cultural representation and immigration. Lovely review Jen!

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