Book Review: The Sun Is Also A Star

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Book-cation Location: New York, NY

Book: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance
Print Date: November 2016
Goodreads Score: 5 stars

Short Review: My slightly cynic heart was filled with love!

Book 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 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?

Long Review: I have found an author that I will forever pick up each of her new books. Nicola Yoon does a spectacular job with this story. It’s a story that has such a heavy topic overall yet it was still a light and fun read! I wasn’t kidding when I said I have a slightly cynic heart. I’m a bit like Natasha in that regard. I could totally relate to her feelings on the whole love at first sight, fate, and destiny ideas. I will say this tho, if a guy like Daniel ever comes along I think I will become a believer!

The characters were all amazing. Even the small ones that at first I found myself wondering why they even had a chapter in this story! Every single character mattered and I loved seeing how it all pieced together in the end. It was very interesting getting to see the thoughts/story from so many different points of view. While I related more to most of Natasha’s views, Daniel was my favorite. I spent the majority of this book smiling and laughing and 90% of that was due to him. Trust me, you are going to fall in love with him before the book is over.

I’m big on not having an spoilers in my reviews so there isn’t much else that I can say other than grab this book as soon as you can and read it!

Book-cation Ideas!

As I mentioned above the Book-cation location for The Sun is Also a Star is New York City! While there are so many things that you can do in New York here is a list of a few places that you absolutely have to see to feel as if you have stepped within the pages of this amazing book!

  • Museum of Natural History. https://www.amnh.org/ While you are there I challenge you to find the Ahnighito within the Hall of Meteorites. This is a location that you will find yourself relating to Natasha in!
  • Korea Town. Enjoy some authentic Korean food and follow it up with some Karaoke, or as Daniel says norebang!
  • Central Park. Need I say more.
  • The Subway. You can’t properly experience New York without taking the subway! Daniel and Natasha both spent quite a bit of time on the Subway too!
  • Ellis Island. https://www.nps.gov/elis/index.htm While Daniel and Natasha did not visit this destination in the books, I feel I would be doing them a disservice by not recommending it. How can you visit these spots in honor of a book that talks about immigrants without experiencing all the history that Ellis Island has to offer on just that!
“There’s a Japanese phrase that I like: koi no yokan. It doesn’t mean love at first sight. It’s closer to love at second sight. It’s the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with them. Maybe you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.”
~Daniel, The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
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Book Review: Everything, Everything

20170507_202629.jpgBook: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance
Print Date: September 2015

I had not heard of this book until I saw previews for the movie that will be coming out on May 19, 2017.  The moment the trailer started I knew I needed to read this book.  **I always say you should read the book before you see the movie it is based on because the book is ALWAYS better.** Luckily, my book club picked this one for April and I couldn’t wait to start it.  All it took was a late spring snowstorm complete with over 12″ of snow, a fresh from the dryer blanket, and a big steaming cup of coffee to keep me inside where I finished the book in an afternoon.   Check out my thoughts below!

Short review:  Read it and you won’t regret it!

Long review:  This was a very quick and easy read, I wasn’t even aware that I had been reading for so long until I was at the end. This book is a great romance complete with heartbreak and discovery. I was pleasantly surprised that the characters were so much more complex than just a girl living in a bubble and the dark and mysterious neighbor next door. The romance between the two characters takes you back in time and reminds you of all the feelings you had with your first love and makes you ache for Maddy and everything that she is missing out on. You will find yourself smiling and crying right along with the characters…and just wait for the ending!
Here is my secret. It’s quite simple:
One sees clearly only with the heart.
Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.
 
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince