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Editor reviews

Editors Select, November 2016 - I was on maternity leave over the summer when I received an early copy of The Sun Is Also a Star. Thankfully my mom was around that day to watch the baby, because I couldn’t put it down. Not only is Nicola Yoon answering the call for more diversity in YA literature, she is also creating compelling, honest, and memorable characters in her fiction. The Sun Is Also a Star, which is a finalist for the National Book Award, is told from the alternating perspectives of two teenagers - one a Korean American boy who is on the "doctor tract" despite his proclivity for poetry; the other a Jamaican girl who is desperately trying to save her family from their imminent deportation. Over a single day, we watch how fate weaves its way into their lives. I recently got to listen to the audiobook, narrated by Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee, and Dominic Hoffman - whose performances ensure Yoon’s work will soon become essential listening. —Katie, Audible Editor

Summary

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 12 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?

©2016 Nicola Yoon (P)2016 Listening Library

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Beautiful

I don't really know what to add other than the word beautiful. It encompasses my feelings on the book. Looking forward to the next Nicola Yoon book.
Also perfectly narrated.

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Surprisingly bittersweet, well crafted

I was initially apprehensive with this book as I assumed it was for young adults, however I was surprised to find how well written and intricately constructed it was.

The narrative shifts between a young undocumented woman, originally from Jamaica but brought up in the U.S., and an American-born Korean, who find each other on her last day before she is deported. In between are segways of an unknown voice who delves into the different characters and their backgrounds. The book explores fate and free will and whether there is an overarching hand that shapes this.

Their romance resembles that of 'Before Sunset', which was enjoyable but obviously the dialogue in this novel is not as intelligent. It's bittersweet, coming-of-age, and takes you back to young love.

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  • TheZee
  • ilford, United Kingdom
  • 17-08-17

Simply Cosmic

This is my first Nicola Yoon book. I was lured into the story by the differing backgrounds of the Natasha and Daniel. I was moved by the backstory of every character that crossed their paths and the essential fortitude that binds the story.

Such a well written book that brings hope in the twist of sadness. This book is simply cosmic.

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Amazing

It's amazing I cried so much I loved it more than I have loved any book I wish the end had like another chapter explaining but then the magic would be lost it changed the way I looked at life

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Surprisingly Calming

Beautiful book full of possibilities. Lovely to read about POC characters but wish the Jamaican accents were better. Overall interesting and surprisingly calming.

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Beautiful

This was one of the most emotionally realistic and beautiful books I've read. Definite recommend.

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LOVE

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!
What a beautiful story!
That's all I can bring myself to say!

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BEST BOOK EVER

This is the best, most exiting, heart warming book I have ever listened to! I couldn't stop, I have fallen in love with all the characters and the gripping story line.

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Absolutely amazing.

From the voices of the readers to the intensity of the plot, I find no faults at all and have recommended it to so many of my friends. Just as good as Everything Everything, one of the best authors I've come across. Congrats Nicola👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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exceptional and inspiring

Exceptional and inspiring in every way. Beautifully written. Characters one actually cares about even ones you would think insignificant. So sad when it ended which I don't experience very often. We need more from your positive thinking Nicolai Yoon.

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  • BookLuvr73
  • 16-12-16

Beautifully written love story

This was perhaps the BEST book I have read/listened to in a long while!! I loved everything about this story and fell in love with the characters as well. I have recommended this book to all of my friends. BTW, I'm a 43 year old, mother of two who is a hopeless romantic!!

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  • BookItForward.Blog
  • 06-12-16

This was cute but flawed

I am solely reviewing the narration here. It was nice to have multiple readers since there was more than one main character plus one was a boy and one a girl. The problems I have with the narration are 1) The narration was way too slow. I had to speed it up and it still felt slow. 2)The woman narrating 17 year old Natasha sounds like she is 40. It's fine to be 40, I'm in my 30's but it's strange to hear such an adult voice narrating a 17 year old. 3) Some of the accents were done very poorly. I know I sound like a harsh critic, but I think that the audio industry is so large now that it is possible to find the perfect narrator for each story. These guys and gal just weren't the right fit.

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  • Lee House
  • 11-11-16

don't normally read young adult

but thought this might be a good one for my grand-daughter. wanted to "read" it first to make sure it was appropriate. thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Katie - Audible
  • 04-11-16

My Favorite YA Book of the Year

I was on maternity leave over the summer when I received an early copy of The Sun Is Also a Star. Thankfully my mom was around that day to watch the baby, because I couldn’t put it down. Not only is Nicola Yoon answering the call for more diversity in YA Literature, she is also creating compelling, honest, and memorable characters in her fiction. The Sun Is Also a Star, which is a finalist for the National Book Award, is told from the alternating perspectives of two teenagers – one a Korean American boy who is on the “doctor tract” despite his proclivity for poetry; the other, a Jamaican girl who is desperately trying to save her family from their imminent deportation. Over a single day we watch how fate weaves its way into their relationship and their futures – together and apart. I recently got to listen to the audiobook, which was beautifully performed by Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee, and Dominic Hoffman. Turpin and Lee inhabit the main characters in such a way that ensures Yoon’s work will become essential listening.

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  • Lynn
  • 13-11-16

just one day

who knew about could Chronicle the events of just one day that would change to people's lives forever? a must read, different from any book I've ever read

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  • Claudia Maittlen-Harris
  • 11-02-18

Read this book!

This is such a beautifully written book. It’s lovely and touching and honest and just a wonderful read. I highly recommend it.

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  • PT
  • 07-02-18

Absolutely incredible

If you want an emotional book that will make you cry laugh and doubt everything than this is the one for you. The performance was lovely and I haven’t enjoyed listening to anything as much as this

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  • Ivonne Sirett
  • 02-03-17

sweet story

the story is about fate. it is really sweet and makes you laugh and tear up. good east listen. voices are meh.

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  • FanB14
  • 15-12-16

Sweet Little Book

This is a sweet little book of a Jamaican girl about to be deported who by happenstance meets a Korean-American boy, conflicted about his path in life. Both fall in love in the span of a few hours. Her writing style is solid, but this one is okay in comparison to "Everything, Everything". The story is implausible and the female narrator was annoying. Overall, a cute story, but not as great as it was hyped to be. Still worth the credit.

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  • Kate
  • 07-11-16

Okay

I liked the first one better. I guess I just didn't understand this one enough to truly appreciate it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful