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The Sun Is Also A Star ~ Nicola Yoon

May 8, 2018

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Source: Target
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780553496680
384 pages

There are books that seem like bizarre concepts and end up being exactly that.

Then there are those that take your soul by storm, regardless of what you thought, going in.

I was slightly skeptical of Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also A Star because of the former. It is proposed as a one-day love story which I usually don’t get behind. That said, several people who know me well said it was my sort of book so I gave it a shot.

Boy, I’m glad I did.

Yes, it does inhabit a single day.

Yes, there is a lot of love and mushiness.

Some of it is somewhat unbelievable.

However, it is so much more than that.

Basically, the book follows Natasha and Daniel, two teens in the same city but worlds apart.

Tasha is hours from being deported with her family back to Jamaica which will be extremely disruptive to her goal of a life in data analytics, science, and facts.

Daniel is hours away from being shipped off to a Yale interview so he can fulfill his duty as a “good Korean son” by going to medical school, thus derailing his life goals involving mostly poetry, dreams, romance, and open-ended possibility.

With their individual baggage and seemingly nothing in common, they quite literally collide into each other’s lives for exactly one day, up-ending just about everything in sight.

Like I said, it’s highly dreamy and romantic and a little unbelievable but if you’ve spent any time in Brooklyn, you know pretty much anything is possible.

I have to hand it to Yoon for tackling layers and layers of individual and cultural identity. Yoon herself is from Jamaica and her husband is Korean so there’s a bit of a base in reality for the characters. Her portrayal of family dynamics carries some weight of immigrant expectation but so much of the drama is universal.

It feels weird to say that a story that takes place over a single day can be referred to as a “coming of age” story but it is one romping day of self-discovery, so I’m calling it.

I audibly sighed and said “Aw!” when I finished because it’s just that kind of story. If you haven’t read it, do so. I promise it’s worth the trip.

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  1. May 8, 2018 10:12 pm

    I’ve read Everything Everything and as a result was a little nervous about this book as I didn’t want it to be utterly predictable & soppy and nothing else – but thanks to your review it doesn’t seem so! It sounds so good now and like something I could read in just a couple of days – perfect for now during my exams. Thank you so much for this. Char // https://lunarchar.com/ xx

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