The Sun Is Also a Star

by Nicola Yoon

Hardcover, 2016



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no dust jacket



Delacorte Press (2016), Edition: Later Printing, 384 pages


Romance. Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML: The #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist from the bestselling author of Everything, Everything will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other. Natasha: Im a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. Im 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 wont be my story. Daniel: Ive 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 storefor 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?  ***"Beautifully crafted."People Magazine"A book that is very much about the many factors that affect falling in love, as much as it is about the very act itself . . . fans of Yoons first novel, Everything Everything, will find much to loveif not, morein what is easily an even stronger follow up." Entertainment Weekly"Transcends the limits of YA as a human story about falling in love and seeking out our futures." .… (more)


National Book Award (Finalist — Young People's Literature — 2016)
Commonwealth Club of California Book Awards (Winner — Young Adult — 2016)
BCCB Blue Ribbon Book (Fiction — 2016)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades 9-12 — 2018)
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (Nominee — Young Adult — 2018)
Gateway Readers Award (Nominee — 2019)
Indies Choice Book Award (Honor Book — Young Adult — 2017)
Green Mountain Book Award (Nominee — 2018)
Oregon Reader's Choice Award (Nominee — 2019)
Coretta Scott King Award (Winner — 2017)
Arkansas Teen Book Award (Nominee — 2018)
Colorado Blue Spruce Award (Nominee — 2020)
Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award (Finalist — 2017)
Kids' Book Choice Awards (Finalist — 2017)
Printz Award (Honor — 2017)
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Nominee — High School — 2018)
Waterstones Children's Book Prize (Shortlist — Older Readers — 2017)
Volunteer State Book Award (Nominee — High School — 2019)
Iowa High School Book Award (Winner — 2019)
Rhode Island Teen Book Award (Nominee — 2018)
Delaware Diamonds Award (Nominee — 2020)
South Carolina Book Awards (Winner — Young Adult Book Award — 2019)
Penn GSE's Best Books for Young Readers (Selection — Young Adult — 2016)


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384 p.; 8.5 inches

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LibraryThing member indygo88
Natasha, age 17, and her family immigrated to New York City when she was a young girl. Before the end of the day, she and her family will be deported back to Jamaica.
Daniel was born in the United States, but his parents are immigrants of Korea.
Natasha and Daniel have never met.....until today,
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when a chance meeting brings them together. Daniel, a poet and dreamer, instantly falls for Natasha. Natasha, grounded in a world of science and facts, doesn't believe in love. Yet before the day is over, Daniel is convinced he will make Natasha fall for him too.

It sounds kind of cutesy and young adult, and it is, but it's so much more. I love the way Nicola Yoon writes her characters and her stories. They're real and they're down to earth. But they're funny and unique as well. In this one, chapters alternate between both Daniel and Natasha's points of view, interspersed with chapters from minor characters they interact with along the way. The whole story takes place within less than 24 hours, but those hours are jam-packed with emotion. It's a quick read, but a really enjoyable one. I'm anxious to see the movie which is due to be released next year.
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LibraryThing member dawnlovesbooks
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
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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.”
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LibraryThing member olegalCA
This is the second book I've read in the past month about being undocumented in the US.
LibraryThing member lindamamak
When you find the love of your life and then find out she is being deported, how do you move forward?
LibraryThing member maneekuhi
"The Sun is Also a Star" is a very nice romance. It stars 18 (?) year olds Natasha and Daniel and takes place mostly in New York. They meet and fall in love and part (or do they? - you'll have to read the ending, no spoilers here) all in the course of one day. Each has more than a fair share of
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baggage. Both have family issues. One has family roots in Jamaica, the other Korea. So think of all the possibilities.

Like most romances, enjoyment of the story requires a certain suspension of reality, coincidences, saying the perfect thing at the right moment, teasing but not too much - all the things that make romances work. But hey it's a romance. And it's a YA romance. 12 and up. I don't know if I would want my 12 year old reading this, mostly because of some language though not four letter naughty language. But then again, 12 year olds are about twice as old as I was at that age, so... There's no drugs nor anything else that I think parents might find objectionable. This is a good holiday read, a nice escape from reading all the heavier stuff. Yoon has an earlier book out. Will I read it? Don't know, maybe.
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LibraryThing member St.CroixSue
Timely and poignant teen book about love, relationships, with the added issue of immigration and deportation.
LibraryThing member nbmars
This is an exceptional book - funny, clever, heart-breaking, heart-soaring, and full of musings about profound questions that should inspire its young adult audience to think more deeply about the world around them.

Natasha Kingsley, 17, is an illegal Jamaican immigrant who is about to be deported
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- that very night, in fact. Through a series of very bizarre coincidences, she not only meets a potentially perfect mate, 17-year-old Korean-American Daniel Bae, but they fall madly, wildly in love.

This is no trite unsubstantiated case of "InstaLove" like one usually finds in young adult novels, however. Rather, it is inspired and utterly convincing, in spite of the fact that Natasha doesn’t even believe in love: she reserves her faith for science, while Daniel is a poet and a dreamer. [I love how this book upends the usual gender-associated traits.] Natasha defines a successful marriage as one involving “mutual self-interest and socioeconomic compatibility.” For Daniel, the key ingredients are “friendship, intimacy, moral compatibility, physical attraction, and the X factor.” (Natasha asks, “What’s the X factor?” “Don’t worry,” Daniel replies, “We already have it.”

And indeed they do. He considers them “meant to be.”

But through another series of improbable events, fate intervenes. And though they feel as if they have “fit a lifetime into a day,” when the day is over, it will be time for Natasha to leave.

Discussion: This book provides a good understanding of the difficulties faced by immigrants, difficulties that are not well-enough appreciated by those lucky enough to have ample opportunities and/or lack of dangers in their countries of origins. One thinks, for example, of all the German Jews in the 1930's who were terrified of what was going on at home, but even more scared at the prospect of abandoning their lives, their language, and the repository of their memories. As one of the characters muses:

“For most immigrants, moving to the new country is an act of faith. Even if you’ve heard stories of safety, opportunity, and prosperity, it’s still a leap to remove yourself from your own language, people, and country. Your own history. What if the stories weren’t true? What if you couldn’t adapt? What if you weren’t wanted in the new country?”

There is a lot of science and physics in this book too, but it is so well done I bet most readers don’t even realize they are being educated. There is also very humorous meta-commentary by Daniel in the form of headings to some of the chapters he narrates, and wonderful explanatory "interludes" by the narrator on all manner of topics germane to the story.

Evaluation: This story is funny, smart, wise, and endearing. There's not a drop of magic in this book, but it is magical nevertheless. It is not the writing itself that is necessary luminous, but the characters. It’s one of the best books I read all year.

Rating: 4.5/5 (I would have given it a five, but I thought the ending - amazing as it was, could have been expanded a bit. Should have been expanded a bit. Okay, I wanted the book to keep going forever.)

Note: National Book Award finalist (Young People's Literature, 2016)
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LibraryThing member alynred
A stunning novel from Nicola Yoon that will leave you breathless. Natasha and Daniel meet after a series of seemingly coincidental events link together to bring the two together on a street corner in New York City. Daniel at once is smitten with Natasha, and spends the day convincing her of their
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destiny. Natasha, however, holds a secret: at the end of the day, her family will be deported to Jamaica. As a sweet love between the two blooms, monologues from a cast of secondary characters illustrate the racism, heartbreak, and even hope that their love affair ignites in others.

Beautifully written, Yoon captures the innocence and the all-consuming feeling of falling in love for the first time. Her shifts in perspective to include various characters allow readers to feel a multitude of sentiments, all the while layering her characters and connecting them in a kaleidoscope of ways. Prepare to fall in love with this novel, and don't be embarrassed to let a sigh of "that was perfect" escape your lips as you close the final page. Witty characters in the style of John Green and a wistful romance a la Sarah Dessen combine to give this novel appeal to so many readers. Highly recommended!
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LibraryThing member StefanieGeeks
The audio version of this book is quite enjoyable. I do not usually enjoy audiobooks with multiple narrators but the three readers work well together and separated by chapters. The story is very relevant today on the topic of immigration and illegal immigrants. The love story is sweet and if you
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enjoyed Yoon's debut novel, you will surely enjoy this one. She is a master at creating realistic conversation and surprising characters.
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LibraryThing member jmoncton
I loved this book. Yes - it's a YA romance, but so fresh and different from the typical YA romance. This time it's the girl who is the science geek and the guy who is the poet. And there's the issue that the boy is the son of Korean American immigrants and the girl Natasha is a DREAMER. We're not
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talking about someone who day dreams, or even night dreams, but an undocumented immigrant who came to the US as a child. Such a timely story for our turbulent times. I'm so glad that teens have the opportunity to read a YA story with great characters, a good plot, and a bit of romance for fun.
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LibraryThing member Salsabrarian
Here's one to keep hopeless and literary romantics believing in fate and things that are meant to be. Daniel is the American son of Korean immigrants who run a black hair care shop in Harlem. Natasha and her Jamaican family have overstayed their visa for years and are being deported. The day of her
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family's flight to Jamaica, Natasha and Daniel meet on the streets of New York City and over the span of a day they fall improbably in love, Daniel the poet and Natasha the scientist. Readers will root for a miraculous happy ending to keep these two likable, sort of nerdy kids together. With perceptive lines like "he can't see past his own history to let us have ours" (Daniel referring to his father's expectations of his sons), this book will speak to a lot of teens' realities.
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LibraryThing member lilibrarian
Daniel believes in fate - and love. His Korean immigrant parents want him to be realistic and consider his future so he can have a better life than they do. Natasha believes in science - her dreamer father has caused the imminent deportation of her family back to Jamaica and she doesn't want to go.
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When they meet by chance in New York City sparks fly, but while Daniel believes they are meant to be, Natasha is sure there can't be a future for them together.
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LibraryThing member brangwinn
One of the best young adults book I’ve read, this deals with the chance meeting of a Korean-American kid and an illegal immigrant from Jamaica. Is it fate or chance that brought Daniel, a senior who is expected to bring his parents’ American dream to reality, that of going to Yale and becoming
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a doctor, and Natasha, a senior who wants to be a data scientist together? It’s a very emotional day as Daniel and Natasha, form an instant bond, or at least Daniel does. What happens to them as Natasha tries (and fails) to figure out a way to keep them from being deported and Daniel comes to reject his parents’ dreams and make his life his own is wonderful, thought-provoking reading.
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LibraryThing member fromthecomfychair
A boy and a girl on different paths, from different worlds. A chance meeting leads to a whirlwind romance. He's interviewing for Yale and preMed, at the wish of his Korean parents. She's about to be deported to Jamaica with her family, and trying to get a last minute reprieve from an immigration
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lawyer. Will she get to stay and live out her American dream with the boy of her dreams? Will he defy his parents and opt out of their plans for him in favor of his own? Will he get to keep the girl of his dreams?

A timely story, given the fear of deportation among undocumented immigrants. And the age old spin on Romeo and Juliet--can love really conquer all? A story that will appeal to teens who like romance and aspire to fulfilling their own dreams.

Three voice actors: Daniel, the Korean-American boy, Natasha, the Jamaican girl, and the narrator. I found Daniel's fast tempo narration to be annoying, but not unexpected. I enjoyed Natasha's voice, and wasn't crazy about the narrator. I could see this story easily as a movie.
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LibraryThing member EdGoldberg
The Sun is Also a Star, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Michael L. Printz Award, by Nicola Yoon is a new spin on love at first sight, love in a day, etc. Natasha Kingsley is trying to save her family from deportation back to Jamaica. Daniel Jae Won Bae is on his way to get his
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haircut before his Yale admissions interview when fate intervenes. Seeing her from afar, he is intrigued by her, her huge afro, her absorption in the music she’s listening to through her big headphones.

Shy, he can’t go up to her and introduce himself, but fate steps in again when he saves her from being hit by a car as she crosses the street. Daniel, the poet, has fallen in love. Natasha, the pragmatist and scientist, hasn’t come close.

But, events work themselves out and they spend the day together. Yoon not only tells their story, but also ancillary stories: the security guard at USCIS (U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service), the secretary for Natasha’s immigration lawyer, their parents and siblings. Chapters alternate between Daniel and Natasha, with asides about various people, theories, etc.

Yoon also explores the complicated Korean American family dynamics and Jamaican American family dynamics–the thought of greener pastures in America and the wish of immigrants that their children have a better life than they had.

Will Daniel go to Yale? Will Natasha stay in the United States? Will it require a parallel universe to keep these lovebirds together? The only way you’ll know is by reading The Sun is Also a Star.

For a similar, totally enjoyable book about love in a day, try Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

OK, so I have to put my two cents in. Is The Sun is Also a Star award worthy or finalist worthy? I don’t know. It certainly was an enjoyable read. The characters suck you in and never let go. It does deal with complicated issues such as family dynamics, parents forcing careers on their children, deportation, love. Yet, despite this, I found the book to be light and fluffy. Since both the National Book Award and the Michael L. Printz Award are “literary” awards, I’m not sure The Sun is Also a Star fits the categories. If this was a popularity contest, by all means. So, you decide for yourself. Let me know your thought.
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LibraryThing member JoeYee
This book is about one of highest debated topics in America, undocumented immigrant. I have my firm stand on this topic, so I am not going to go into detail here. Another social issue the book bought up was ethnic identity. I was born in Hong Kong, so I do not have to experience the trouble Daniel
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and his brother had to go through. I am fine with people calling me, Chinese. But if you were born in America and never been to your parents home country, how do you identify yourself? Chinese? American? American born Chinese?
The book was a really easy read. Each chapter was only a page to 3-4 pages long in a big font size. The book was categorized for Young Adult. When I thought of YA, I assumed it was written for teens around 13-17. However, I think this book is more suitable for older teenagers like 19-20.

I really liked this book, except for one little thing. The mentioning of God or religious was a little more than my liking. However, their argument on science (theories) vs religion was interesting enough to make it tolerable.

4.5 out of 5 stars
Received a free hardcover copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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LibraryThing member DKnight0918
Really enjoyed this one. I love the research Yoon puts into her books and her style of writing. Can’t wait to read more of her books.
LibraryThing member Susan.Macura
This is the story of the chance meeting of Daniel and Natasha who fall in love basically the moment they meet. While Daniel accepts this fact, Natasha, an undocumented immigrant from Jamaica about to be deported, resists at first. However, by the end of the day, even she can’t fight fate, nor can
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she fight the U.S. government. Not only do we meet and listen to what happens between these two, but we also are given insights into the people’s lives that they touched that day. This is a wonderful story about the powers of love and hope, as well as some wonderful characters.
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LibraryThing member quirkylibrarian
One has to really suspend one's disbelief to buy into the extraordinary day and all the things that happen. Think "undetectable expansion charm" out of Harry Potter for main characters Natasha and Daniel in their long day - first and last- together. Natasha is about to be deported to Jamaica and
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has an appointment with an immigration lawyer who, we find out, is also the interviewer for Daniel, son of Korean immigrants who are determined he go to Yale. Even for YA the coincidences kind of hit you over the head. However, Yoon does grasp the intensity of a teen relationship and it's a timely book based on immigration discussions.
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LibraryThing member t1bnotown
I read this because John Green of the Vlogbrothers recommended it, and I'm glad I did. It was pretty fantastic. It did take me a bit to warm up to it (hey, it took Natasha a bit to warm up to it, too), but once I did it really got me. The only thing was that I wanted it to end a bit differently,
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though perhaps it had the best ending it could after all (or perhaps I just wanted a few more chapters).
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LibraryThing member Artzylibrarian
The store is well written and depicts immigrant families with realism. Love the thought that someone is the ONE!
LibraryThing member JillKenna
Read this book if you love love. I really liked this book, I read the whole thing in just a day!
LibraryThing member ShellyPYA
Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.
LibraryThing member bookwyrmm
I like how this was broken up into three voices - the two main characters and then an impartial third party who delved deeper into secondary characters. Once again, though, Yoon's title choice leaves you wondering.
LibraryThing member DonnaMarieMerritt
Were Daniel and Natasha brought together by the universe's plan for them, by God, by destiny? Does it make a difference that he's Korean American and she's Jamaican American or that Natasha is guided by science and Daniel by a poetic heart—or by the tiny fact that they meet on the day she and her
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family are to be deported? How does one small action affect another? I love that not only their story is told, but the stories of the people they, even however briefly, encounter. There's also a fair bit of interesting science, historical, and etymological facts interspersed throughout. Great book for teens and adults.
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