The Sun is Also a Star is a book by Nicola Yoon which chronicles the life of two very different individuals. Daniel Bae, an American Korean whose parents own a hair care store and Natasha Kingsley, whose parents are undocumented Jamaicans who moved to America when she was 8. They connect when Daniel saves Natasha from a car accident.
Both the characters are 17 years old, but their outlook towards life is very different. Daniel is a poetic dreamer who does not want to follow his parents’ version of the American Dream and become a doctor. Natasha is a practical, science-oriented individual who does not believe in love and wants to become a data scientist because it’s a good and decent job, not because she likes it.
They meet through a series of coincidences involving a lot of minor characters (whose perspectives are also detailed) and fall in love during the course of the book. For Daniel, it is love at first sight, whereas Natasha tries to fight her feelings for him but eventually opens up to him.
But there is a catch! They have only one day together. Natasha and her family are to be deported that very night.
As the day goes by, Daniel, with his teasing banter and poetic overtures, teaches Natasha to let go of some of her pragmatism and pursue something that she is passionate about. Natasha, on her part, asks him to follow his heart since he is clearly unhappy about becoming a doctor. The interaction between the lead characters is revealing and gives us a sneak peek into life as an immigrant in America.
As coincidences go, even the lawyer who handles Natasha’s deportation, as well as Daniel’s entry into Yale (for a medical career), are one and the same.
Thus, on the whole, the book urges us to nurture hope and to believe in fate.
So how does it all work out? Is this a happily-ever-after story? Or will these two very different characters be torn apart due to their impossible situations?
Read the book and find out!
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The Sun is Also a Star is a book by Nicola Yoon which chronicles the life of two very different individuals. Daniel Bae, an American Korean whose parents own a hair care store and Natasha Kingsley, whose parents are undocumented Jamaicans who moved to America when she was 8. They connect when Daniel saves Natasha from a car accident, and through the course of the day, start to fall in love with each other. But they only have one day together, before Natasha is deported. So how does it all work out?
- Uses simple language and short, easy-to-read chapters
- Lead characters are well-crafted
- Offers a refreshing insight into immigrant life
- Projects life as being a series of coincidences, makes you believe in fate
- Shows that love is truly blind and just needs two ‘right’ people
- The story veers off from time to time to detail some aspects or outline the perspectives of some minor characters; this is somewhat distracting
- The premise that people fall in love over the course of just one day seems far-fetched
- The number of coincidences that happen to bring the characters together seems a little too convenient
- Do people change the course of their life over just a day’s interaction? Does not seem plausible
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