Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Sun is Also A Star



Synopsis by Goodreads: 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?
 


My Thoughts: 

Today is Daniels big day, his interview with Yale, which he is caring less and less about. Natasha refuses to accept she is going to be deported tonight, and is determined to fix it. I enjoyed this quick and easy read. It focusses on the one day that fate brought these two together for only 1 day. They are different in the best ways to compliment one another.
I’m happy to see Nicola Yoon breaking barriers as far as diversity in YA. Supporting African American authors will promote Diversity in a way that I can respect. Rather than a token or a sidekick black girl just for diversity sake.
I liked the multiple aspects of this book brought to you so beautifully. I didn’t know until after completing the novel and doing some research that Nicola is Jaimaican and her husband is Korean. To have so much of this book be inspired by her own personal life makes it feel more authentic, genuine and one with the author.
However, that has nothing to do with the cuteness of the way Daniel and Natasha fell in love! Daniel’s persistence is just wow! It’s just not commonplace for such an amazing, well balanced attractive man to so openly chase after her so sweetly. I can just imagine its every teenage (and adult) person’s dream. It wasn’t just his “You Will Fall In Love With Me” attitude. He wanted to pour his love on her. On his mother and his brother. He wanted to understand his father. He wanted to inspire people. Daniel was just a really amazing person and to be the object of his affection seems like a great place to be. His leap of faith was incomparable. Natasha was a great character too. Reading about her was as natural as talking to a friend. There is no average black girl.

Knowing Nicola is currently happily married to a man named David warms my heart. A Happily Ever After come to real life. 

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