The Sun Is Also A Star

The Sun Is Also A Star

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"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?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Penguin Teen, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers,, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780735267015
Branch Call Number: Y YOO
Characteristics: 346 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 21 cm


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Nov 22, 2020

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

Nov 20, 2020

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

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.

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.

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

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!

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 14, 2019

3.5 stars. Hmmm. I don't read a lot of contemporary YA and The Sun Is Also a Star is a good example of why. This is a sweet story. It doesn't ask a lot of the reader or its characters. It's a light frothy romance with funny chapter titles and some witty dialogue. I enjoyed the chapters that followed some of the characters with whom they interacted and like I said, this was completely enjoyable, but it wasn't something I would recommend to someone else, like I wouldn't recommend a romance novel. Sweet but not too filling. Booktubers and I will just have to agree to disagree (but they're wrong, for the record).

Jul 13, 2019

*2019*. Interesting and fun.

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Nov 22, 2020

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

Nov 22, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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