The Sun Is Also A Star

The Sun Is Also A Star

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"Two teens--Daniel, the son of Korean shopkeepers, and Natasha, whose family is here illegally from Jamaica--cross paths in New York City on an eventful day in their lives--Daniel is on his way to an interview with a Yale alum, Natasha is meeting with a lawyer to try and prevent her family's deportation to Jamaica--and fall in love."--From publisher.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780385683685
Branch Call Number: YOON
Characteristics: 344 pages : illustrations

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0Charlie Jun 18, 2020

The entire story takes place over a single 24 hour period on the streets of New York. Two young people - science-loving, factual, Jamaican, desperate Natasha, and good student, poet, 2nd son, Korean, reluctant Daniel - meet and share one day walking, waiting, eating, singing and riding the New Yo... Read More »


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SAPL_Teens Feb 23, 2021

Even though there are SOOO many five star reviews for this novel, I just had to add my own review to say: stop what you are doing and read this book!! What can I say? Nicola Yoon is a master at writing the ultimate rom-com. Natasha is getting deported and Daniel is on his way to a meeting with Yale, but the day does not go how either one of them expects it to go. I loved how the chapters jumped around from character to character, even the side ones, and I felt utterly transported into this world. It brings up issues like destiny and fate and science and love. I think lots of people would see themselves in this story. Read it today! 5/5 stars - SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

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ciyer24
Feb 19, 2021

Nicola Yoon’s second best-selling novel*, The Sun is Also a Star, is a very captivating romantic novel. It’s about a girl named Natasha, and a boy named Daniel. Natasha’s going to a lawyer to see if she can prevent her family from getting deported to Jamaica. Daniel’s parents are encouraging him to enroll in a prestigious medical college, so he’s heading to a college interview. I like that this book is realistic; the characters go through experiences that likely happen in the real world, and their situations are very plausible. I also like that the book refers to topics like immigration, interracial relationships, and the American Dream. Lastly, I like that there are different perspectives in the book; some of them are Natasha’s, some of them are Daniel’s, and some of them from random characters, like Natasha’s father. It was slightly confusing for me to know from whose perspective a chapter was written, but other than that, I highly recommend this book.
*Her first best-selling novel is Everything, Everything. I suggest you read that too.

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

This book is proof that destiny is really, and that love lasts forever.

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Jeffreyhh
Nov 20, 2020

Not your typical romcom story. Very unique storytelling and interesting characters.

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mitanline
Aug 23, 2020

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon is one of my favorite teen romance classics. The story is about Daniel and Natasha who happened to cross paths for a day, Daniel is on his way for an interview and Natasha is on her way to meet a lawyer who could help prevent her family’s deportation. They pull together like ends of a magnet, they gravitate towards each other and fall into an easy trance of romance. I love the fact that the plot is not just a love story, it had depths to it such as high expectations from family members, planned education pathways, illegal immigration, the feeling of being more at home in the country you reside than your birth country, and the complexity of real life, not everything is quite that simple, fairytales are best left in stories. The author does not fail to show the problems faced by minorities and immigrants. It also depicts the downside of choosing between sound decisions and what your heart wants. The book is a great YA romance read with twists of science and poetry, definitely worth reading.

0Charlie Jun 18, 2020

The entire story takes place over a single 24 hour period on the streets of New York. Two young people - science-loving, factual, Jamaican, desperate Natasha, and good student, poet, 2nd son, Korean, reluctant Daniel - meet and share one day walking, waiting, eating, singing and riding the New York subway. It is destiny or a random event in time? I appreciated how, as individuals are encountered by the main characters, they get to have a chapter to themselves to flesh out how they came to that moment in time. Highly recommended for teen readers.

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creativegirly123
Mar 26, 2020

This could've so easily been another cliché, sappy teenage love story. But it was so much more than that. Nicola Yoon took the familiar elements from young adult contemporary novels—yes, even "insta-love"—and managed to create something original. I especially appreciated the chapters that broke the mold, that looked outside of the lives of our two main characters, Natasha and Daniel, and commented on the people they passed in the street or met during their whirlwind 12 hour romance. And I loved the ending.

Overall, a lovely and surprising read. I mean, I liked a YA contemporary romance? Definitely not something I would've expected. But hey, you never know until you try! And I'm really glad I tried this one. I 100 percent recommend it. A novel similar to this one is I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 23, 2020

The Sun is Also a Star is a clock ticking, take on a romance novel with all its events taking place in a day. Written by Nicole Yoon, this book is about the science logical Natasha Kingsley and dreamer Daniel Bae who find themselves lost in fate's twisted tangle of events that keeps pushing them together. Though the amount of poetry and scientific logic in this book may come off as pretentious to some, I found myself greatly enjoying the novel. It captures the struggles many immigrants, or minorities face in their everyday lives that in one way or another everyone can relate to. The decision to conform, choose your heart over brain and follow what may be a risk is really brought up in the novel. Yoon's message of things happening for a reason is so pure and simple yet so complex at the same time. I loved how the change in character perspective adds depth to the story. This novel has a sense of reality in it, that makes you look at how we act in our own lives. I would definitely recommend and you may even gain a new perspective. 4 Stars
@Ruby_Tuesday of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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DragonriderMaya
Aug 15, 2019

i liked the book; although i did find it unlikely to happen all in one day.
I also thought Irene's story was rather interesting, especially with the alternate history and everything.

I haven’t found and read a really good book in a long time. Then I went to the library yesterday for at least two hours picked up this book and couldn’t put it down. I’ve literally been reading it for two days and finished it this morning! Definitely one I want to buy!

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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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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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