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review 2017-05-15 21:42
Review: The Sun is Also a Star
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

I don’t really know what to say on this one. I was really looking forward to it as I absolutely loved the author’s debut, Everything Everything, which I just devoured. But I just couldn’t get into this one. It wasn’t a bad book really. The characters were delightfully diverse, the two leads, Daniel and Natasha had fantastic chemistry and a believable romance in a tough situation. I thought it was handled fairly realistically.

 

But…I just didn’t like it. It just didn’t work for me. The premise is an interesting one. Daniel comes from a Korean family who immigrated to America, his dad runs a pharmacy. His brother Charlie has always been the high achiever of the family, though has recently come home from college in disgrace. Daniel has always been in Charlie’s shadow. His parents have very high expectations of him. (Charlie is an absolute dick). Daniel is a more sensitive soul, he has a big university interview, he’s not sure what he wants to do with his life. He has a quirky, almost snarky tone of voice. He likes to write poetry.

 

Natasha’s family came over from Jamaica, her family all live in one small apartment, her dad had dreams of being an actor. He’s got great talent, but can’t seem to get a break, Natasha has a younger brother, and a hard working mom. Natasha herself is very smart and loves science. Her dad got drunk and wound up spilling their family history to a police officer, including telling the police they are illegal immigrants. And now Natasha and her family are twelve hours away from being deported.

 

Natasha is determined to make one last stab at saving her family from deportation by meeting with a lawyer who specialises in deportation cases. Stopping in a record store a chance meeting leads her to run into Daniel on the way to his interview.

 

They spark a great connection and start to get to know each other, despite the fact that both of them have places to be and a limited time, their connection is so…just there…they keep finding ways to keep the conversation going; Daniel is more optimistic and romantic. Natasha is a lot more practical and logical.

 

While they both have great voices, I think what really distracted from their story was random chapters from a whole other points of view. Various characters who have random interactions with both Natasha and Daniel, and whole chapters of random information about things that are relevant in the novel. Sometimes sciency things.

 

There was an almost quirky tone of voice to the while thing, but it felt to me like it was trying to be clever and funny, but it just came across as distracting from the main story. And by half way through these chapters were making my eyes roll more than anything. Even though they all had a part of play in the eventual story.

 

It did at least have a believable ending, which I did like, a realistic tone to it. I wouldn’t particularly read this book again, but I do love this this author.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House UK Children’s for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2017-04-15 02:18
Where Practicality is Overrated, Hopeless Romantic Rejoice!
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

I can be a hopeless romantic in the things I never thought I would believe in. At times, life can take me to some places I never expect to be, meet incredible and wonderful people through time and in the end, when I believe practicality is reality, it became overrated.

 

The Sun is Also a Star is by far truthful to that. I know, not everyone do experience that in their lives but I do believe in our choices, the universe plays a role. That one small decision can lead to big things. That significant sign will lead to an inevitable life-changing moment. And when we fall in love, it is instant without reason that only comes later. This book has it all. Reality and the inconceivable. Hope and lost. Science and dreams. I experience through all that... and this book writes it like its true.

 

Unlike Everything, Everything, this book is written in two main perspectives of two main characters and it all happened in a single day. I like how Nicola Yoon inserts other people's lives that gets affected by the main characters and a few small notable facts that she included makes it a grand read. Simple and yet beautiful, the flow of this story is more believable to me than Everything, Everything, which I had a harder time to accept. The romance is just what I felt a better execution and towards the end, it is what it is - that even hope may come true. The beauty of it is how one moment can connect the people we meet. I do believe this is true because it had happened to me before. And the debate of if we do believe that the universe plays an important role in our lives, for me I do feel its more truer because I always make small choices that changes every thing and if I do not make any choices at all, we will always be where we will be.

 

To read The Sun is Also a Star is to have an open heart and mind. Skeptics might get turn off by this book but I do feel this needs to be given a chance. Its a 4 & 1/2 out of 5 star rating for me. That missing 1/2 star would be added if not that I felt the exchange of dialogue between the two main characters weren't strong enough. I do recommend that this is a must read in one single sitting (I took too long and should have read it in a day or two but due to work, it takes longer than that).

 

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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 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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