Book Discussion – The Sun Is Also a Star

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Author: Nicola Yoon

Genre: YA, Romance

Pages: 344

Publisher: Doubleday Canada, Penguin Random House

Synopsis

A love story between a girl who believes in science and facts (Natasha) and a boy who’s all about romance, fate, and poetry (Daniel). In the course of a life-changing day—Daniel has an interview to get him into Yale to become a doctor, and Natasha’s family is about to be deported—Daniel will try to convince her they are meant-to-be.

The story is told by three points of view. Natasha. Daniel. And the universe.

And from the universe’s POV, it looks like everything is happening so that they meet on this pivotal day.

 

‘I wonder if she realizes how passionate she is about not being passionate.’

The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon.

 

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My thoughts

I’ll admit: I loved Eveything, Everything better (because of the crazy plot twist), and I found this novel to be just a tad too cheesy. (Really, falling in love in one day? They just met!)

That being said, it was still an excellent novel. Each character had a very distinct voice, and I liked that Natasha was so skeptic about love and romance, that she saw the actual science behind attraction before anything else.

‘Can you imagine if everyone had the power to mess with everyone else’s lives? Chaos.

But of course, this is the problem. We already have that power over each other.’

The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon

It’s nice that the whole novel takes place in only one day, though. So much can happen in one day! So much can happen in only a minute.

Personally, I loved the universe’s voice the best. How it linked everything together, how it explained why a small character acted in such a way and the consequences of his actions. There were several reflections to have on the matter. We don’t always realize how much a simple smile can mean in someone else’s life at that particular moment of that particular day.

I loved the story of Natasha and her father. I thought she was really strong and mature to be able to understand how hard it was for him not to fulfill his dream, even though he blamed them for it and made MAJOR mistakes because of this.

But Irene’s story touched me the most. It was just a few pages. And yet, so moving.

‘Sometimes your world shakes so hard, it’s difficult to imagine that everyone else isn’t feeling it too.’

The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon


Now I want to know what you thought!

Did you think Natasha would be deported by the end or not?

Are you more like Daniel (dreamer, believes in fate) or Natasha (science and facts)?

What voice did you prefer? Natasha’s, Daniel’s, or the Universe’s?

Do you believe in the theory of multiverses?

6 thoughts on “Book Discussion – The Sun Is Also a Star

  1. Just read this over Christmas. I feel like it was a little too hyped up and I had really high expectations, so I didn’t love it as much as I could have. Still really appreciate that it features diverse voices and tells a story of deportation that we rarely see in YA. I agree that it was a bit cheesy at times, but I did fly through it in a couple of days. Not my favorite, but still enjoyed it.

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  2. I loved this book! I just finished it like a half hour ago so I haven’t had much time to sort through my thoughts. But I loved it! To your questions: I thought that she would get deported at the end but I hoped to god that she wouldn’t. I have to say I liked Daniel’s POV a little more although I didn’t dislike Natasha’s. In terms of being a Daniel or a Natasha’s, honestly, I am a bit of both. Half of me likes to dream and hope that good things will always happen and there’s the other half that always basically slaps the first half and says “wake up, that’s not realistic”. Anyway I loved this book and I didn’t even know it was the book club book I just picked it up! what a coincidence…or fate??? 🙂

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    1. Hahaha don’t slap your other half too hard! I think I’m a bit of both, too, but my dreamy half is probably stronger. (Unfrotunately?)
      And fate, definitely fate! Haha! Our reading preferences are definitely similar! 🙂

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