The Sun Is Also A Star

The Sun Is Also A Star

Book - 2016
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Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents' expectations, unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together.
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553496680
0553496689
Branch Call Number: YA Yoon
Characteristics: 348 pages ;,22 cm

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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 ... Read More »

South County Teen Book Club pick - August 2018

2017 Printz Award Finalist

This tale of teen love, immigration and deportation makes its film debut.

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cmlibrary_lmansfield Jul 22, 2017

A fascinating story about love, family expectations, and fate. The teenage main characters
are dealing with some serious issues on the day they meet. This book had me laughing and crying; a quick read and sweet story.


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DragonriderMaya
Aug 15, 2019

i liked the book; although i did find it unlikely to happen all in one day.
I also thought Irene's story was rather interesting, especially with the alternate history and everything.

I haven’t found and read a really good book in a long time. Then I went to the library yesterday for at least two hours picked up this book and couldn’t put it down. I’ve literally been reading it for two days and finished it this morning! Definitely one I want to buy!

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 14, 2019

3.5 stars. Hmmm. I don't read a lot of contemporary YA and The Sun Is Also a Star is a good example of why. This is a sweet story. It doesn't ask a lot of the reader or its characters. It's a light frothy romance with funny chapter titles and some witty dialogue. I enjoyed the chapters that followed some of the characters with whom they interacted and like I said, this was completely enjoyable, but it wasn't something I would recommend to someone else, like I wouldn't recommend a romance novel. Sweet but not too filling. Booktubers and I will just have to agree to disagree (but they're wrong, for the record).

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green_penguin_484
Jul 13, 2019

*2019*. Interesting and fun.

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blue_book_169
Jul 07, 2019

I really like this book. At first I was skeptical just because of the fact that I am not usually a romance reader. I didn't really buy the love at first sight like some other readers but I still thought that the way the author wrote out the story of Daniel was compelling enough that I believed that Daniel really did love Natasha. Following that, I love the way the author wrote different viewpoints. It was really interesting to see the perspectives of someone who believes in love and someone who believes love is just science. Lastly, what made me give this book a 4.5 instead of 4 is because I thought it was really unique that the author added in little tidbits of information that had to do with the story. I really liked learning something new that also had to do with the story and that is why I rated it like I did.

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koroski
Jun 20, 2019

Logan square, Sulzer, Edgewater

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cannotbeheard
Jun 16, 2019

I really enjoyed this. I liked the spontaneity of this book. It was a fast, fun, romantic story.

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rosalie12tk
Jun 14, 2019

I loved the movie but the writing in my opinion was not great and was rather confusing. Usually I enjoy books with several viewpoints, but this just seemed to stray from the characters and made it hard to follow.

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RosaReads2
Jun 11, 2019

I am, for the most part, a romance reader. I will read other fictional genres, but my heart does a happy dance when there is at the very least a subtle romantic element found in the story. Given that, it's understandable to assume I would be okay with insta-love/love at first sight. Nope. I've tried, but I just don't buy it. Even less so, when the characters are under 18. Call me cynical or unromantic, but it is what it is. I just cannot connect with the motivations of the characters when they are making proclamations of love after knowing each other less than 24 hours. I read Yoon's debut (Everything, Everything) when it was first released and LOVED it! Although it took me longer to get around to reading this one, I was expecting great things. There were some amazing aspects to this story, but bottom line, it was a love at first sight romance. Unfortunately, I could not connect or put any trust into their "love," because of how quickly it developed.

In spite of the disappointing romance, I really enjoyed seeing all of the various connections between specific and random secondary characters and how the author gave us pieces of their stories and current situations. The way in which each character connected to Daniel and Natasha was fascinating to read. Most poignantly, at the end with Irene. A great finale to what I feel was a so-so romance.

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shayshortt
Feb 14, 2017

Observable Fact: You should never take long shots. Better to study the odds and take the probable shot. However, if the long shot is your only shot, then you have to take it.

ArapahoeLaura Aug 05, 2016

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

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shayshortt
Feb 14, 2017

Natasha is an undocumented Jamaican immigrant who has been in the United States since she was eight years old, and today is her last day in New York. Tonight, she and her family have to get on a plane and go back to Jamaica, all thanks to her father’s DUI. But Natasha is desperate to stay, to graduate high school, to go to college. Everything—her life, her future, almost all of her memories—is here. Daniel is the second son of hard-working South Korean immigrants. Today, he must put on his suit, cut his long hair, and put aside his dreams of being a poet. Today, he has an admissions interview for Yale University, where his parents expect him to study to become a doctor. When Natasha and Daniel’s paths cross, their romance is destined to end almost as soon as it begins. How much can you love in a single day?

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