The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.
So I liked Nicola Yoon’s other book so much, that I immediately picked up her other one and I liked it even better!!
This young adult novel takes place in one day. It centers around two characters, Natasha and Daniel, who run into each other and fall in love in the course of the day. Both characters are having family issues and we learn about those as the two find solace in one another.
Daniel is headed out for an entrance interview that may land him as a student at Yale. He is being pressured by his parents to go to Yale to become a doctor, but in his heart he really just wants to be a poet. His father will do anything to guarantee that he and Charlie have a better life than he did.
Daniel has very romantic ideas about life and be believes everything happens for a reason. He really struggles with his identity and nationality/race. His parents think he’s not Korean enough, everybody else things he isn’t American enough.
Natasha is headed out in desperation because her family is to be deported to Jamaica that night and she will do everything she can to prevent it. Natasha’s father is an unemployed want to be actor who has pretty much given up on life. It is his fault the family is being deported. He got a DUI and basically told the cops he was living in America illegally. Natasha used to adore her father and now she can barely stand the sight of him.
Natasha is very scientific. She doesn’t believe in love and she thinks, “Life is just a random series of good and bad things that happen until one day you die.” She thinks life has no meaning and tries to avoid being hopeful because she feels that, “the trouble with getting your hopes too far up is: It’s a long way down.”
Daniel says of Natasha, “I wonder why a girl who is obviously passionate is so adamantly against passion.”
What I really loved about the book is the brief glances we got into the lives of those people Natasha and Daniel encounter through the day. We get a glimpse inside their heads. It just goes to show that you never know what’s going on in a person’s life.
I won’t tell you how it ends, but you will find yourself hoping these two end up together. You will laugh and you may even tear up a little. I loved it!!
A few quotes:
Natasha’s father: “You can get lost in your own mind, like you gone to another country.” All your thoughts in another language and you can’t read the signs even though they everywhere around you.”
“Maybe part of falling in love with someone else is also falling in love with yourself.”
“We have big, beautiful brains. We invent things that fly. Fly. We write poetry. You probably hate poetry, but it’s hard to argue with ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate’ in terms of sheer beauty. We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.”
Natasha: “I know there’s no such thing as meant-to-be, and yet here I am wondering if maybe I’ve been wrong.”