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Today I will tell you about a novel called “The sun is also a star” by Nicola Yoon.
Title: The sun is also a star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Sperling & Kupfer
Genre: Young Adult
Natasha believes neither in chance nor in destiny. Nor to dreams: they never come true. His mother says things happen for a reason. But Natasha is different. Rather, he believes in science and cause and effect. Each action necessarily leads to another and so on. It is the actions of each one that determines destiny. To be clear, she is not the kind of girl who meets a cute guy in a dusty record store in New York and falls in love with him. Yet that’s what happens, just twelve hours after being repatriated to Jamaica with her family.
He is called Daniel. He is the perfect son, a model student, and always up to the many expectations of his parents. When he is with Natasha, however, everything is different. Something about her suggests that fate has something special in store – for both of them. And it’s as if every moment of their life has prepared them just to experience this wonderful, single moment.
I have never read anything by Nicola Yoon, I only saw the film version of his first book “We are everything” two years ago. Then I told myself that in the future I should definitely read something by this author and so it was! Just yesterday I finished “The sun is also a star” and I must say that this book was a very pleasant discovery.
The whole novel is concentrated in 12 hours.
Twelve hours set between the streets and immense skyscrapers of New York.
Those hours will upset our protagonists and make them feel decidedly overwhelming emotions.
But what if what they are experiencing is destined to end in less than a day?
But above all why?
The protagonists are two young boys of seventeen years apparently very different from each other. Natasha is a Jamaican girl who moved with her family to the “Big Apple” at the age of eight and Daniel is a Korean-American boy who was born in America to two Korean parents who are strongly attached to their traditions.
Natasha does not believe in love and destiny.
For her it is all thanks to science, every little thing happens for certain situations that occurred previously not due to fate.
Daniel on the other hand is different.
He believes in love, destiny, dreams and is a lover of poetry. Indeed he himself writes and in fact there is no day when Daniel does not have his beloved black notebook in his hands. Unfortunately, his future has already been written by someone else, his parents. They want their son to go to Yale and become a prominent doctor, but they have never thought about what Daniel really wants.
Natasha is a girl who lives in a tiny apartment with her parents and her little brother and can’t wait to go to college with her best friend. But all this vanishes when the police, through his father’s fault, discover that they are illegal immigrants and that they must be repatriated to their country at any cost.
Just as Daniel is on his way to his Yale interview he meets Natasha. But in exactly 12 hours Natasha will no longer be in America. He will be in Jamaica again.
Two souls so different but so irremediably intertwined with each other.
The first time Daniel sees Natasha he feels a jolt that pervades their whole body. She is the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen in her life. Natasha knowing what will happen to her in a few hours does not give much weight to the beautiful and genuine guy in the red tie. But Daniel is now totally taken by her and her ways and consequently does not want to give up in front of a first refusal.
He has decided.
It will break through Natasha’s heart.
His goal is to make her fall in love with him in one day.
Natasha intrigued after having burst out laughing at him accepts.
Between too many coincidences, emotions and a few hours comes to life “The sun is also a star” a novel that talks about love and destiny.
And perhaps Nat will realize that life does not revolve only around science and the cause-effect relationship but that there is more.
Something that is difficult even for poets to explain.
I finished this book in a very short time, Nicola Yoon has a really smooth pen! The chapters consist of several alternating povs. Some are written in the first person and tell the point of view of Natasha, Daniel and other characters that surround the story. Those in the third person explain certain circumstances related to the situations that are happening in the book. The thing I appreciated most, in fact, was this particularity.
I liked the characters a lot: original and realistic. I saw myself a lot in Daniel and his “dreamer” side ‘.
The story is original, light and also deals with current issues so I recommend reading this novel to everyone.
The ending was different from the usual young adult novels, it left me with a sense of hope.
A hope that I hope has been grasped by our protagonists.
I can’t wait to see the film too, I sincerely hope it is as good as the book.