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review 2017-03-15 01:45
Insgesamt sehr schön
The Sun is also a Star.: Ein einziger Tag für die Liebe - Nicola Yoon,Dominique Falla,Susanne Klein

Natascha lebt seit sie acht Jahre alt ist als illegale Einwanderin mit ihrer Familie in Amerika. Weil ihr Vater alkoholisiert am Steuer erwischt wird, werden sie entdeckt und sollen nun abgeschoben werden. Genauer gesagt, heute Abend. Natascha will sich damit aber nicht abgeben, sie will ihre Zukunft nicht verlieren. So begibt sie sich zu einem Termin.
Am gleichen Tag hat Daniel ein Vorstellungsgespräch mit einem Yale-Absolventen. Er verlässt das Haus früher als sonst, um seiner Mutter zu entkommen und ist eigentlich gerade auf dem Weg zum Friseur. Viele Zufälle reihen sich aneinander und Daniel und Natascha begegnen sich. Oder war es doch Schicksal?

Daniel ist ein total Gefühlsduseliger Kerl, der Gedichte schreibt und Koreaner. Natascha kommt eigentlich aus Jamaika und für sie besteht die Welt nur aus Fakten. Bis eben Daniel auftaucht. Doch sie will sich nicht eingestehen, dass sie Gefühle hat und wehrt sich wehement dagegen.

An sich ist die Story wirklich gut. Gerade die Frage, ob die beiden ein Paar werden, Natascha abgeschoben wird und Daniel überhaupt noch zu seinem Termin geht, bleiben bis zum Schluss unbeantwortet. Der Schreibstil ist sehr gefühlsbetont, jede noch so kleine Gefühlsregung wird akribisch beschrieben. Insgesamt ergibt sich ein schönes Ganzes. Mir persönlich hat der Stil insgesamt nicht ganz so gut gefallen. Die Kapitel sind mit 1/2 - 4 Seiten extrem kurz und es gibt immer mal wieder "Zwischensequenzen" wo ein Stück aus dem Leben der Randcharaktere erzählt wird, oder irgendwelche Fremdwörter erklärt werden. Mir gefiel zwar der Rundumblick ganz gut, doch ich kann keine so kurzen Kapitel leiden. Die nehmen dem Buch den Fluss und lassen es abgehackt wirken. Auch die Erklärungen der Wörter mögen für manche zwar ganz hilfreich sein, aber wenn man irgendwann mal Big Bang Theory geschaut, oder den Physikunterricht in den Klassenstufen 11 bis 13 besucht hat, stören die eher.


Auch bei der Story sebst ist für mich nicht alles perfekt gewesen. Immer wieder fühlt man sich, als ob 2 Teenies ein Drama á la Nicholas Sparks nachspielen wollen und viel zu oft ertappt man sich bei dem Gedanken, dass die Beiden sich erst ein paar Stunden kennen und schon schtreiten wie ein altes Ehepaar. Oft wirkt es sehr aufgesetzt und damit leider unglaubwürdig, was den Zauber des Buchs gewaltig beeinträchtigt.

 

Insgesamt ist das Buch wirklich in Ordnung und als seichte Kost für zwschenurch perfekt geeignet. Wer aber sein Hirn beim Lesen nicht abschaltet, wird an diesem Buch eher weniger Freude haben.

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review 2017-03-03 19:20
The Sun is Also a Star Review
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

Oh, boy. Here we go.

Few things you should know before I go on with my review. 

a) I'm not this book's target audience, but I have enjoyed books in this genre. 

b) I know good writing when I see it. Unfortunately, I did see any in here. This is bare-minimum, barely-scratch-the-surface, creative-writing-course prose. It's a heavy outline, is what it is. Bland narratives do not a happy reader make.

c) I actually thought I'd like this premise. That's why I requested a copy for review. Thanks to Crown Publishing for the chance to read this for free. I always feel bad when I have to shit on a freebie, but I can't help it. I couldn't enjoy the premise because the writing and chapter length was maddening.

Having chapters with fewer words than the ingredients on a bag of lettuce is fucking annoying. No. Scratch that. It's infuriating. If it's one thing a writer should never do is go full James Patterson. Nicola Yoon went full Patterson. The book is written in this Twitter-post-length style that is aggravating and distracting. The moment you start to get a feel for a situation a new chapter from a different POV comes along and fistfucks the flow of the book. 

Yoon tells you why these characters are different, but they never feel different, unless of course she's writing in broken English, then I guess it's kinda obvious the main characters aren't the ones talking. If you've seen Margaret Cho do an impersonation of her mother, you'll recognize some of the dialogue.

From the author: I wrote this book for anyone who's ever desperately searched for meaning. For everyone who asks the big questions. For all the dreamers and questioners.

You know what I'm searching for and questioning and dreaming of? Where everyone is in this book. There's no details of their surroundings. At one point she mentions a theater and the description tells us that the place was small, what the marquee said, and that tickets were fifteen bucks. WHAT THE FUCK DID THE PLACE LOOK LIKE, YOON? Oh, right, we've all been in a theater so fuck us, right? There's also some repetition with the word small. Everything is "very small" or "too small". Well, not Everything, Everything (see what I did there? The author's first book is... Never mind.), but a lot of stuff is "too small" or "very small", and so was my patience with this book. My patience was so too very small that it was minuscule to nonexistent. 

In summation: Requesting this book was a mistake. But not because it's not my genre of choice or anything I could have known before opening the book itself. I guess I could've saved my time and effort by checking the Look Inside on Amazon. So my bad. Yoon and I definitely do not gel. I'll pass on anything else from her.

Final Judgment: Introducing the new YA novel, now with 50% less words and 3,000,000% more chapters!

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review 2017-03-02 03:30
Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

Quick review for a quick read. So I have complicated feelings about this book. I liked it, but that's not to say that I didn't feel like there were issues that needed addressing more thoroughly (and the fact it has quite more than enough problematic points to articulate in the mix of things). This book skirts the issues of mental illness as well as having an all consuming rare sickness far too lightly for my liking. I think it needed much more depth to really sell the story and could've potentially done so in a much better way than it did, even considering this is written for a teen audience. For a while, despite some cheesiness and some significant plot holes, I was enjoying this novel, enough to rate it at a 3.5 to 4 stars. It's a story with cute romantic chemistry, easy to read banter, and beautiful illustrations. But then the ending...eh. I'll get to that in a bit.

Maddy is a young woman who's been sick all of her life. She's allergic to the world around her, as diagnosed by her mother, a doctor who hires a nurse (Carla) to tend to Maddie when she's away. Maddy doesn't question her mother's dedication or words to her, hence she's in a bubble. I don't blame her for not knowing any better about the situation she's in, and I like the fact she's a bookish girl who has a natural curiosity about the world around her. When Olly moves into the house next to Maddy's, the two of them hit it off relatively quickly. ("Ba-da-da-da, I'm an instalove machine, and I won't work for nobody but yooou...") I thought I'd be annoyed with this, but surprisingly, I was flying through this novel - the chemistry between the leads does feel real (if a bit fragmented). I liked Carla's character too, she seemed a really compassionate character and I liked Maddy's interactions with her.

I flew through the narrative admittedly because of the narrative style and the illustrations within the book - it was a cool way to present the story. Yet, as the story went towards the ending, my suspension of disbelief only extended so far. The revelation about Maddy's situation didn't make the twist in the story all that strong to me, because I was left wanting more and feeling like the center of that twist was relatively unaddressed and skirted over. While I was relieved for Maddy herself, I still felt this story dropped a hard ball, missing developing the characters and situations in order to make it work and just feel like it used its very serious issues just as convenient plot points.

It's a story I liked for some experiences, but I feel it left me wanting much more from it than what it told. It wasn't "everything" to me.

Overall score: 3/5 stars.

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley from the publisher.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-02-26 22:09
Book review : The sun is also a star Nicola yoon SPOILERS
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

January 10- Febuary 22

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 Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve 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 store—for 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?

Review : This book was beautiful I loved Everything , Everything and I loved this book
Natasha's family is being deported and Natasha's working her hardest to have that not happen Daniel is a poet his family wants him to go to Harvard and be a doctor they both meet and talk and spend some time with each other I love Daniel he's caring a good poet and he cares for Natasha . They end up making out Natasha meets Daniel's family . Daniel's brother is a fucking asshole he treats Daniel like crap . Natasha and Daniel part way they fight cause Natasha tells him that she's being deported but Natasha wants to see Daniel she finds a lawer who might be able to help . She gets Daniel's number after Daniel and his brother got in a fist fight they meet back up go up to a roof and kiss and Daniel goes to his college interview which turns out is the same Lawer and he couldn't stop her deportation they have to leave Daniel goes to her house with her .Years pass they grow apart until they meet again on a plane I loved this book so much one of my new favorites .

Quotes :
Natasha is different . She believes in determinism ---- cause and effect . One action leads to another leads to another . Your actions determine your fate .
In this way she's not unlike Daniel's dad .
Daniel lives in the nebulous space in between . Maybe he wasn't meant to meet Natasha today. Maybe it was random chance after all .
But.
Once they met , the rest of it , the love between them , was inevitable

“Maybe part of falling in love with someone else is also falling in love with yourself.”

“Stars are important," I say, laughing.

"Sure, but why not more poems about the sun? The sun is also a star, and it's our most important one. That alone should be worth a poem or two.”

“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.”

Observable Fact: I don't believe in magic.
Observable Fact: We are magic.

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review 2017-02-15 21:26
The Sun is Also a Star Review
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

Another amazing book I loved that the story was a simply about a girl who loved science and believed that everything that happens has a scientific reason behind it, along comes guy who wants to try and convince this girl that he can make her fall in love with her by the end of the day and that it has nothing to do with science but fate and the way that they feel. The girl has nothing better to do with her day and its a really fluffy read that does get a little deep but it wasn't too much for me to handle so I thought it was brilliant. I found myself really absorbed in the characters lives and i was hoping and praying that everything would work out.

 

Nichola Yoon writes this brilliant because there is the perspective of both he girl and the guy but there is also the perspective of the universe which is a great touch. Nicola Yoon approached the subject of different race and cultures brilliant and it was done softly she didn't say that oe was better than the other and because she was doing it from young people's eyes the problems where something that you could understand.

I will read ANYTHING that Nichola Yoon publishes I love her work !!!

 

 

 

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