The Sun is Also a Star

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

 

Summary
Natasha is 12 hours away from being deported. Daniel is on his way to an interview with a Yale alumni, to get into a college he doesn’t want to go to. How many things had to go the exact right way for them to meet and fall in love?

Writing
Nicola Yoon’s prose is beautiful; flowery and poetic, filled with metaphors. In fact, sometimes they were so intricate that if I wasn’t paying enough attention to what I was reading, I sometimes forgot what the metaphor was even about.
Still, she managed to keep the dialogues between the two teens very natural and believable (if at times, extremely cheesy).

Characters
I always struggle with expressing the reason why I am able to connect with certain characters and not with others. Maybe it’s because I don’t really know. All I can be sure of, is the fact that something about Natasha resonated with me. I felt her emotions very deeply, even though I won’t ever be able to face or truly comprehend half of her struggles.

And I couldn’t help but love Daniel- his innocence and naivety. Sometimes I was a little exasperated with his romanticism and talk about destiny, but in truth – I envy him. There is something truly beautiful about being able to look at the world the way he does. I think he taught me a lot.

Plot
It’s a book about two teenagers falling in love in the span of a day. But it’s also about so much more than that. It’s about family and their expectations, about passions and dreams, and hopes for the future. And yes, even about fate and destiny.

I think my favourite part were the little glimpses into the lives of people Daniel and Natasha encountered. How they showed that every single person we pass on the streets has a live that’s just as complex and intricate as our own. And the way we can affect them, not even realizing it. And how they can affect us, without ever even knowing.

Overall
How can I love a book that’s based on the trope that I hate, I don’t know. But I do. There is something about this novel that just speaks to me. It’s definitely not the book for everyone. But, goodness, it really is worth a try.

 

5

 

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17 thoughts on “The Sun is Also a Star

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  1. This book has been sitting in my library for soooo long! Stories about “true love” between teenagers really tend to be corny, especially if they talk about abstract things like “destiny” and have meaningless quirks (like Gus Waters and his cigarette schtick). Then again, maybe it’s about time I gave it a try…

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    1. You definitely have to be prepared for a lot of cheesy lines and talks about growing old together after knowing each other for less than 12 hours… but this book somehow worked for me. Maybe I just picked it up at the right time. Yes, it is silly. But it’s also very sweet and heartwarming and it talks about important things. I hope you will enjoy it 😊

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  2. I was on the fence about this one, but your review makes me wanna check it out! I didn’t know we got insight into the lives of all the people they interact with on the street. I love books about how we’re all interconnected.

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    1. Yeah, that was definitely my favourite part of this book. It’s amazing to think that you can influence a stranger’s entire day or even life with a smile on the street or a kind word 😊

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  3. I also loved this book when I read it in June. Daniel was my favorite character, he had such a positive energy about him and his ceaseless optimism was infectious and inspiring

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  4. I love the fact that this book showed insight into some of the other minor characters, like the security guard, or the man driving a car. It really shows how we are all connected and how we really have to watch how we treat each other. It’s so cliche, but we really don’t have any idea what others are going through. This is the first book I’ve ever read that really conveyed that. Really nice review!

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    1. Thank you! It definitely was my favourite thing about this book. I think that we sometimes tend to forget that our little actions can have a great impact on other people’s lives. And how important it is to be kind.

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