Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Review: The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not one for sappy romances, and The Sun Is Also a Star is so much more than a teen romance!

Daniel is the good boy, the son of Korean immigrants who does what is expected of him, even when it's not what he wants. He'll attend his Yale interview just like his parents want, become a doctor, marry, and be successful. But until that interview starts, Daniel's poet's heart decides "I'm going to do whatever the world tells me to. I'm going to act like I'm in a goddamn Bob Dylan song and blow in the direction of the wind."

Natasha is the daughter of undocumented immigrants from Jamaica, and today is her last day in the United States. She's lived here since she was eight years old, NY is her home, she has friends, has earned her way into a prestigious science magnet school, she has dreams of college. It's not her fault that her parents have messed things up and now they all face deportation. Her scientific mind knows that she has exhausted all options, but she has to try something, so as she sets off to the immigration office, it's clear "I don't believe in fate. But I'm desperate."

The way that Daniel and Natasha's stories connect and collide is simply captivating. Told through alternating voices, their lives, dreams, and emotions unfold seamlessly before the readers eyes. Theirs is a tale of chance encounters, history, honesty, and true love.

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