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text 2018-08-20 20:53
What a Wonderful Book
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

I needed a palate cleaner after finishing "Leah and the Off-Beat." After reading this book and then watching "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" I maybe was in teen rom-com heaven all weekend. I also possibly wrapped things up by re-watching "Pretty in Pink." No I loathe "16 Candles" (come at me!) and "Pretty in Pink" always has me all in the feels.


"The Sun is Also A Star" starts off slow, but ends in a wonderful bang. Yoon does a fantastic job of weaving the two main leads stories (Natasha and Daniel) but also the many people who impact their choices, past, present, and future. I didn't think at first it would work, but does it work. Yoon will have you swooning over Natasha and Daniel and your heart will break when Yoon shows the practicalities behind two teens who are off to do separate things in their lives and be torn apart by a huge distance/culture.


"The Sun is Also A Star" has Natasha dealing with the fall out of her family being deported back to Jamaica. Natasha is desperate to stay in America and goes one more time to try to get anyone to help her. If no one does, she and her family have to fly out that night to Jamaica. 

Daniel is preparing for the most important interview of his life. His family has it's hopes set on him becoming a doctor. After his older brother who always seemed to have everything going for him messes up, even more of his parents focus is on Daniel.

When Daniel and Natasha meet, Daniel has love at first sight, and Natasha has you are so acting weird, and I have things to do sight. I love that Natasha is more logical and scientific and doesn't believe in love. Not after her ex cheated on her and what she has seen her mother have to put up with while her father follows his dreams. Daniel does believe in love though due to seeing how his parents are with one another. He decides to trail Natasha for a few hours to get her to see that they could be something. 


I loved that both of these characters are the children of immigrants. Daniel's family is Korean and Natasha's are Jamaican. They both feel differently about America though. For Natasha being in the states and getting to go to college is the most important thing. For Daniel, it's just something he is being forced to do.

Yoon is also able to weave a lot of history into this book. She explains African American women and their hair, and heck even why so many Koreans seem to own black hair stores in New York and other places. 


The other characters we meet manage to sing in the short time they are with you. I wanted to read all of their stories. Yoon gives you enough to figure out the future of Daniel's ass of an older brother, his parents, Natasha's parents, and her brother. We also hear about some people they meet (Natasha's immigration attorney, a security guard in a building, a Korean women taking their food order, etc.)


The writing was really good and the flow improves after the first dozen pages.


The setting of New York is shown differently here. Not a sparkly, happy, we can be whoever we want here New York. Instead we get an indifferent one at times though you get to see why both characters love it.


The ending hit me hard. So very good. 

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text 2018-08-18 02:50
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

Damn book made me cry. Ridiculously good. 5 stars.

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text 2018-07-30 23:36
2018 Hugo Ballot: Best Novel
The Collapsing Empire - John Scalzi
New York 2140 - Kim Stanley Robinson
Provenance - Ann Leckie
Raven Stratagem - Yoon Ha Lee
Six Wakes - Mur Lafferty
The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth) - N.K. Jemisin

This is part of a series of posts reviewing categories in this year's Hugo ballot. I'll be discussing the entries, the voter packet, and my ballot. I've nominated and voted most years since 2011, when I figured out that all I had to do was join Worldcon to get to do so.


Two sequels and several set in space. The downside of this list is that Orbit tends to only include excerpts. The upside, there's only one Orbit title I didn't already own.


  • The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor) - 3 Stars. Fun romp, fun narration, but did not love.


  • New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit) - DNF'd early, could not get into.


  • Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit) - I DNF'd this pretty early. Great writing, but not at all my style of story.


  • Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris) - 4.5 Stars. An excellent book. I look forward to reading the conclusion of this trilogy.


  • Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty (Orbit) - 4 Stars. A solid read I enjoyed quite a bit.


  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit) - 5 Stars. One of the best books I read last year and easily the top of my ballot for this award. An excellent conclusion to a brilliant series.


So, yeah, kind of an obvious top of ballot here in The Stone Sky. I really liked both Six Wakes and Raven Stratagem. It's a hard choice, but I think Raven Stratagem will go next on my ballot. Fourth with be Collapsing Empire, and I just won't include the two novels I didn't finish. Wow, this is usually not such an easy category for me.

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review 2018-07-20 01:34
Review: The Sun is Also a Star
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon's The Sun is Also a Star, is a breathtaking adventure. It's filled with fact vs. fate. 


The story follows two teenagers, Natasha Kingsley, a 17-year-old Jamaican immigrant who is on the brink of deportation and Daniel Bae, a 17-year-old Korean American who is on the brink of making his own choice or following what his parents want. They cross paths, Daniel is convinced its destiny, Natasha doesn't believe in destiny, mostly because she doesn't want to.  


Nevertheless, Natasha and Daniel go on an emotional journey together, and it changes them for the better. 


This novel is absolutely incredible. Yoon doesn't fail to bring every emotion out of you through her words. 


It is extremely well-written, and it is written in the perspective of Natasha and Daniel as well as supporting characters (and minor characters) that they cross paths with. It's captivating, beautiful, funny, riveting. It is a must-read. 


I give it 5 stars. 



P.S. The Sun is Also a Star is being adapted into a movie featuring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton scheduled for release in 2019. 

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review 2018-07-19 03:43
Review: Everything Everything By Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

God this book!!


I read the book over a year ago, a good bit before the movie was released. I recently reread it just a few weeks ago. My opinion hasn't changed one bit. 


The book is such a lovely read! It's a very easy read. The writing style is very personal, so it was very easy to be immersed into the story. 


It's hard not to fall in love with the characters and feel as passionately as Madeline.


This book sends you on a rollercoaster ride of emotion, but will definitely give you that warm and fuzzy feeling.  



Very Basic Synopsis:


The story follows an 18-year-old Madeline Whittier, who is housebound due to a severe illness, SCID. Therefore, the only world she's ever known was her mother and her nurse, until a family moves next door and she observes them from her bedroom window. Eventually, she starts to contact the son of the new family, Olly and her world suddenly appears bigger. 




I give it a rating of 5 stars!


[I also recommend checking out the movie as well! It's amazing!!]


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