The Sun Is Also A Star

The Sun Is Also A Star

Book - 2016
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553496680
Branch Call Number: y YOON 2016
Characteristics: 344 pages, 28 unnumbered pages ; 22 cm


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A day in the life of two teens, Daniel, whose Korean parents expect him to become a doctor, and Natasha, who wants to be a data scientist and who is trying to keep her family from being deported back to Jamaica.

Printz Honor Book -- Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Book

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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.

Jan 17, 2019

Amazing story that shows love but also current problems people face here.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 16, 2019

Beautiful story of love and coincidence and life throwing itself at you.

Dec 22, 2018

All the swoons. From a chance meeting in NYC, to knowing they just have a few hours together before they part. Daniel seems to fall for Natasha instantly, while Natasha is all about facts and doesn't think love at first sight is possible. They should both be focused on their impending futures, but they take time to hit pause with one another for a few hours and turn into an incredible romance.

Nov 28, 2018

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Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy YA and are looking for diverse representation in your reading.

Natasha is being deported today. She's being deported because her father made a mistake. Because of his mistake, her future is ruined. Daniel is on the path that his parents want. Go to Yale, become a doctor, marry a nice Korean girl. Daniel would rather be a poet. He lets the wind blow him where it will before his interview for Yale. The wind blows him toward Natasha.

Nicola Yoon. Gets me every time. Her books are light and fluffy, but they also carry deeper things beneath the surface. This book is more emotional and complex than Everything, Everything. The depiction of two children of immigrant parents is absolutely vivid and intricate. I love that this book is written from multiple perspectives, and as always with Nicola Yoon, the chapters are short and you just fly through it. I enjoyed reading from both Natasha and Daniel's perspectives, but I will say that I REALLY love teenage male protagonists. So much sarcasm! :P I also liked how this book contains segments about their parent's history, perspectives of people they interact with, etc. The way it's all woven together is really lovely. I cried a bit, and I felt happy and sad for all of the characters. It's just a really thoughtful portrayal of growing up, families, immigration, etc. etc. With the way it ends, I would love to read a follow-up. :) I hope that she writes more books soon! :)

Jul 23, 2018

I truly enjoyed this novel and found myself unable to put it down! This novel changed the way I look at the world and I love Natasha and Daniel's romance! Incredible job, Nicola Yoon.

Jul 01, 2018

This dazzling teen romance features clever writing, likable characters, and a tiny bit of quantum physics. I particularly enjoyed the book's interesting take on the well-worn theme of tragic love at first sight. If you enjoy John Green's popular books, you'll probably enjoy this one too.

Mar 19, 2018

I really liked this book. The idea behind it is great, and I love all the different perspectives as well. I was caught by surprise at first, but then I was completely pulled into it. Love all the scientific facts, too! Totally recommend!

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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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