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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

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?

Goodreads Summary

After seeing so many positive reviews on Goodreads I expected to love this book. I did like the overall plot and summary. The author handled the undercurrent of unease between two cultures that were not so fond of each other (Jamaican American and Korean American). I did like the ending in an overall sort of way. The writing style of the author is pleasant and upbeat. However (you knew this was coming), I did not really like the main characters. Natasha was a bit rough and sort of lawless. I do not think that you understand the world and are "oh so brilliant" as a teenager. Daniel is the perfectionist, which is easier for me to relate to, but he takes it too far. I think the story would have been better for me if I had been more invested in the characters. 

One of my favorite aspects was the book beginning and ending in a single day. I really liked how the author managed to pack so much into one day. It left me with a lot to think about (I probably waste my days). Although it was an emotional day for the two characters, I thought it was a little too emotional. This book started off and ending well for me, but lost me in the middle.

3 Stars

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