MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
I really wanted to like this novel, I did, I did but... Well I didn't like it all that much.
"I'm going to pretend my future's wide open, and that anything can happen."
The Sun Is Also A Star takes place on a fall day in New York. Daniel Bae, a korean-american teen, has decided to let the universe "guide" him on his "final day of childhood". Natasha Kingsley, an undocumented Jamaican immigrant, is facing deportation and is desperate to stop the inevitable from happening.
Daniel and Natasha couldn't be anymore different if they tried. Daniel is optimistic and believes in fate and love and God while Natasha believes in science and has lost all belief in love and God.
"I walk down Seventh Avenue toward my barber, keeping my eye out for some kind of Sign."
Walking down the street Daniel spots Natasha completely lost in her music across the street. Daniel instantly is enamored with Natasha and believes that they are meant to be. Daniel follows Natasha into a music store, they catch her cheating ex and "the other girl"robbing records and bond over the dumbfounding situation. He saves her life, they go for coffee, they argue over true love and love at first sight. Daniel persuades Natasha to let him prove to her that love at first sight exists by using science and a questionnaire. Here their journey begins: does love at first sight and meant to be's exist?
This day long romance adventure is a fast read and most definitely for people who like insta-love stories.
Let's get down to it...
What I liked: I really liked that Daniel and Natasha got to both have their points of views but I love the fact the a good portion of people that they bump into get their story told too. I love the past histories and future histories that help create the story and I love the page(s) dedicated to explaining theories and definitions. I just really am a fan of how this book is set yup. Kudos to Yoon. I think this book flows really well for the most part. My favorite part of this book was the ending, I loved it and applaud Yoon for it.
What I didn't like: Honestly, I think I was more interested in the chapters that were not told in our protagonists POV's. Don't get me wrong, I liked Daniel and Natasha but I think it was interesting that other peoples stories were woven into theirs. It show us that although we have our lives and problems, others have theirs as well. My problem with this book though was three things: one I think that this book tried to be this profound and super meaningful novel that at times it felt forced. Two was that they took the Lord's name in vain so many times. I just will never understand why that is necessary. And three this book just has so much cursing, like dude it made me uncomfortable at times.
When it comes to Natasha's point of view I feel like sometimes when she speaks it's unrealistic. Like I get that she's super smart and I respect that, but I mean what seventeen year old do you see going around talking about quantum physics? Not a lot.
I'm also not sure whether or not I find Daniel's corniness and persistent hope in convincing Natasha that they are "meant to be", endearing or a bit on the creepy side. I personal wouldn't take well to a strange kid following me around but alas we wouldn't have a book if Natasha punched Daniel in the face and went on her way.
MY OVERALL RATING:
This was my first book from Yoon. I'm kinda disappointed but am hopeful of her other novel Everything, Everything. That being said I recommend this book to those who are for cutesy insta-love stories.
I received a free copy of the novel from the publishing company, through bloggingforbooks.com, in exchange for a honest review.
The Sun Is Also A Star BLURB || source: Goodreads
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?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nicola Yoon
Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.
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