The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Delacorte Press
Source: Publisher

  1. This book is so popular that if you haven’t heard about it, you must be living under a rock.
  2. No seriously, it is that popular.
  3. And now that I have read it, I can tell you that it’s popular for good reason.
  4. Natasha, born in Jamaica is an undocumented immigrant due to be deported back to her country, runs into Daniel, the younger son of an affluent Korean immigrant family. Daniel is Korean American through and through and does not always understand the traditional thoughts of his parents particularly where their desires for him are concerned.
  5. Also, his brother is an ass.
  6. Natasha just wants to be able to continue living in USA and working towards a future.
  7. This is all too terrifying real at this point in time where the ICE cops in USA are having a field day.
  8. They meet or actually Daniel sees her and decides she is a sign from God and follows her.
  9. It’s not as creepy as I am making it sound.
  10. Anyway, he falls for her. Hard. And she’s not exactly immune to his many charms. She agrees to let him try to make her fall in love with him during the course of that one (and only, though Daniel doesn’t know that initially) day.
  11. Natasha is a practical sort and she thinks the way Daniel thinks is a luxury.
  12. Daniel, of course begs to differ.
  13. What follows is a mix between heady kisses, explosive fights, norebang shenanigans, Korean food, racism, classism, adultery, suicide-scare, and so much more.
  14. I adored this book.
  15. Intersectional is a word.
  16. Two POC characters, both who have experienced their Otherness keenly and differently coming together.
  17. And you know, the writing is BEYOND THIS WORLD.
  18. Like:
  19. I cried.
  20. More than once.
  21. Sometimes if you look up a word in the dictionary, you’ll see some definitions marked as obsolete. Natasha often wonders about this, how language can be slippery. A word can start off meaning one thing and end up meaning another. Is it from overuse and oversimplification, like the way irie is taught to tourists at Jamaican resorts? Is it from misuse, like the way Natasha’s father’s been using it lately?

  22. Dang.
  23. “What if I told you I could get you to fall in love with me scientifically?”
    “I would scoff,” I say. “A lot.”

  24. Are you adding it to your TBRs if you haven’t already read this?
  25. This book is about so much more than just romance. It’s about being Othered, about immigration, about cultural heritage, about racism and every other thing I have already mentioned.
  26. It’s also about falling in love in a matter of minutes, hurtling like a meteor right into a planet.
  27. And collisions. Major, dramatic collisions.
  28. Like, BOOM.
  29. Read this book!
  30. Oh did I mention family issues? Because this book deals with it.
  31. I also loved how its minute focuses on the hundred little incidences and coincidences that lead to Natasha and Daniel meeting.
  32. It really is sort of magic.
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