The Sun Is Also A Star

The Sun Is Also A Star

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780553496680
Branch Call Number: TEEN YOON
Characteristics: 348 pages ; 21 cm


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Natasha's family is facing deportation because her father was caught driving while intoxicated. Cleverly narrated from multiple points of view, the story moves through the events of a single day as a random encounter turns into a quest to make the impossible happen. High School Student Pick (4.7 ... Read More »

I'm not sure why, but Nicola Yoon is one of the only people who can write a romance that I truly enjoy. These characters are sublime, and I was hooked on this story within 10 pages. - Abby

I liked it because it had drama and romance.-- Samantha of the Mukilteo TAB

Alex recommends this love story about two teens, both struggling with the issues their immigrant parents have dropped on their shoulders.

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Jun 16, 2019

I really enjoyed this. I liked the spontaneity of this book. It was a fast, fun, romantic story.

Jun 14, 2019

I loved the movie but the writing in my opinion was not great and was rather confusing. Usually I enjoy books with several viewpoints, but this just seemed to stray from the characters and made it hard to follow.

Jun 11, 2019

I am, for the most part, a romance reader. I will read other fictional genres, but my heart does a happy dance when there is at the very least a subtle romantic element found in the story. Given that, it's understandable to assume I would be okay with insta-love/love at first sight. Nope. I've tried, but I just don't buy it. Even less so, when the characters are under 18. Call me cynical or unromantic, but it is what it is. I just cannot connect with the motivations of the characters when they are making proclamations of love after knowing each other less than 24 hours. I read Yoon's debut (Everything, Everything) when it was first released and LOVED it! Although it took me longer to get around to reading this one, I was expecting great things. There were some amazing aspects to this story, but bottom line, it was a love at first sight romance. Unfortunately, I could not connect or put any trust into their "love," because of how quickly it developed.

In spite of the disappointing romance, I really enjoyed seeing all of the various connections between specific and random secondary characters and how the author gave us pieces of their stories and current situations. The way in which each character connected to Daniel and Natasha was fascinating to read. Most poignantly, at the end with Irene. A great finale to what I feel was a so-so romance.

This Novel is a cute Love story, but, it's not a very relaxing read. The bouncing back and forth between the two main characters (And all the other random) Perspectives is so annoyingly hard to read and follow sometimes, that I had to put the book down, go back to where I was, and start over again. Over all the story's cute and simple, but the writing style is wild and it's so hard to relax while reading it. So if you're looking for a semi stressful read of a love story, this is your book!

JCLAngelicaR Jun 03, 2019

It only takes one day for Natasha and Daniel to fall in love and start seeing themselves and the world around them differently, with a new perspective. A charming budding relationship and sweeping self-discovery wrapped up in the curiosities of the Big Apple and the cosmic aura of the novel. This heartwarming story will be enjoyed by romantics and scientific minds alike.

May 31, 2019

Took me a couple "chapters" to get into it and remember the characters which says more about me than anything but, overall I really loved this book and can't wait to see the movie

May 18, 2019


Apr 10, 2019

I really liked the concept of this book, and the author did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. That said, I feel like it needed an editor.

Admittedly, I'm not the biggest fan of the current trend of multiple narrators - but I understand and accept why it was necessary to bounce back and forth between Daniel's and Natasha's perspectives. I was fine with that; the story flowed nicely back and forth between those two. I don't agree that it was either necessary or helpful to also have chapters from the perspectives of random tertiary characters - the waitress at the Korean restaurant, Natasha's lawyer's secretary, the security guard for Natasha's lawyer's building. (The last one admittedly had a plot-related purpose, but I thought the book would have been better without the epilogue anyway...)

With that out of the way, this was a thoughtful telling of a variety of immigrant experiences. The writing itself was lovely, and the characters were nuanced. I appreciated that the romance between Daniel and Natasha was not the only important relationship in the book. The relationships between both characters with their families were also showcased.

I enjoyed this book. I just would have enjoyed it more if it was trimmed down a little.

Feb 16, 2019

This book made my heart so happy!

Jan 23, 2019

This book is absolutely phenomenal. I particularly liked the way the novel would take a moment or two to delve into the lives of background characters, showing how lives intertwine and impact one another.

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Feb 14, 2017

Observable Fact: You should never take long shots. Better to study the odds and take the probable shot. However, if the long shot is your only shot, then you have to take it.

ArapahoeLaura Aug 05, 2016

“I didn't know you this morning, and now I don't remember not knowing you.”


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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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