the sun is also a star // nicola yoon



published: 2016  
pages: 344
isbn978-0-553-4968-0
read from: 11/13-17/2016
rating: 1) didn't care for it 2) liked it 3) LOVED IT💞💕❤

"people say these things to make sense of the world. 
 ...no one want to believe that life is random."

-Natasha (pg 34)


SYNOPSIS (amazon)
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
just thoughts on the book itself

i finished this book at the nail salon and i was crying and everything and I'm not even ashamed. 

there's something about Nicola that makes me fall in love with her all around. 
yes, this is only her second book BUT even with this one, there is a voice there that you recognize as hers. 
yes they're YA and they're about love but they are both so different while still having the same voice but they are both just so freaking good!!! (everything everything review)  

maybe its her style of writing. 
i feel like i haven't stumbled upon any other author so similar yet so different. 
idk. 
you know what I'm talking about? 
(probably not!)

anyway. 
this book. 
i love it. 
i love it with all my heart. 
i loved it SO HARD!

these two could not have been any more different yet perfect for each other even if i tried. 
but they are sooo meant to be!
and what happens but then how it ends!!! my little heart was sad and happy and everything in between!!!

everything that lined up to make it all happen. 
the way she views life. how shes a "realist" vs his view and how he's a lover but how he manages to make her see that there's more than just what she thinks as far as the universe and the timing of it all. 

ahhh! i just want everyone to read this book and fall in cheesy love for the little bit that they read it. 
there's so much i want to say but i don't want to spoil it for anyone down here. 
i just really loved this book. 

I'm a believer in things happening for a certain reason so this book, in that sense, was perfect for me. 
that and karma, 2 things she doesn't believe in. so i really liked Daniel's character. 
(and i love even more that he talks just like i do. he'll start a sentence and then add more into it like i do (just like this). he talks within his talks. i love that! i do it all the time.) 

i love that she names her chapters based on the character that is speaking at the moment. 
and i love that if in said chapter something, or another person is mentioned, sometimes you have a follow up chapter of that thing or person previously mentioned explaining their point.
i love the minor characters here. i feel they play their own part in the book. and had they been removed i don't think the connections could have easily been made.  

there's so many things i want to say about this book but i don't know how to get them out. i feel like I'm not making it justice. 
but then i remember that I'm not here to review the book just talk about how much i freaking love it. 

i loved it so much that i cant even leave you with quotes because i basically tabbed the entire book. (thanks b for my flags!) and to try and do that is to basically type up the whole book for you. 
...buuut let me try. 


"a word can start off meaning one thing and end up meaning another." ....."words, Natasha thinks, should behave more like units of measure. a meter is a meter is a meter. words shouldn't be allowed to change meanings." 
pg 25

"if the person who's meant to love you forever can suddenly stop, then whats there to believe in?" 
-the conductor pg 47

"i don't believe in love." 
- Natasha
"its not a religion.... it exist whether you believe in it or not." 
- Daniel pg 76

"if people who were actually born here had to prove they were worthy enough to live in America, this would be a much less populated country." 
- Natasha pg 112 (and so freaking true. specially after this shitty ass election.) 

"love always changes everything." 
- Jeremy pg 298


there's about a hundred and thirty five million other things that i tabbed that i wont post on here buuut this book gave me all of the loves. 

spoilers after the jump!!!
thanks for reading. 
#lesreads on IG


SPOILERS (like 96% of it. so, beware.)
ahhh!!!

Natasha's family came over to America on a visa and just stayed once it expired. 
they'd been there for about 9 years until her father went and got arrested for a DUI. being on a "i just had my very first gig" high, he told the cop (that he freaking hit) that they were here illegally and well, now they're being deported. 
so on her last day, shes running around like a chicken without it's head trying to talk to someone about doing something to allow them to stay. 

in the middle of going somewhere, she stops and has a "religious" moment which is where Daniel spots her. 

Daniel is going to his Yale interview but because he got in sort of a disagreement with his mother, he leaves early and after the train conductor has a spiritual breakdown and kicks them all out the train he just passes time sitting outside some building (i already forgot 😐) and that's where he sees Natasha. 
he sees what shes wearing as an actual sign from God or the universe that this is where his path is supposed to be.

they end up at a record store where he finally makes contact with her after watching her watch her ex (Daniel didn't know at the moment) make out with the girl he cheated on her with. 

they "part" ways from there because Nat is late to an appointment. 
by this point, he's infatuated with her but he just follows from behind trying to find the way to talk to her. and technically she's walking around the same way he needs to go. (i think. how is my memory this bad!)

and then she's about to cross the street and get hit but he ends up saving her. 

from there, they go back and forth from her trying to get the right people to help her stay in the US (doesn't happen) and he tries to find out whether Yale is what he wants (he doesn't.) 

they end up falling in love and eventually, yes, she does end up getting deported. so all they have is that 1 day. 
that's it. 

IRENE
in the beginning, Nat is going to a court to get someone to help her appeal their decision. 
Irene is the security guard that i guess you can say sets things in motion. 
had it not been for her taking a long time with Nat's phone case, Natasha would have never broken down, which caused her to basically go off on her case worker, who then in turn gave her the information needed to get her a lawyer that could help her out WHICH leads her to be in Daniel's path. (coming up for air) 

anyway, Irene. 
the day she set this in motion for Natasha, she listens to the nirvana cd (nevermind) after seeing the cover on Nat's phone case and after listening to it, decides that she too will end her life. 
she doesn't.

Natasha eventually realizes what Irene's little delay did so she calls her case worker (i forgot what hes called actually, so I'm calling him that) and leaves him a voicemail asking him to please thank the security guard on her behalf.

that little notification, made Irene decide to live and after another 2 years, becomes a flight attendant where she......

JEREMY JIMMY (or John, or Jacob....i gotta look it up when i get home) 
he's the guy that Nat's case worker referred to her.
he's supposedly the best guy for the case. 

buuuuuuut he fails Natasha because instead of calling his lawyer friend, he ends up going to a hotel with his paralegal assistant (which sucks because hes married with 2 kids, which by the way, end up messed up. but not like haaaardcore. just in the love dept. BUT they do end up together with more kids and while what he did was a shitty, shitty thing (the cheating while married) i mean, you cant fight love now can you!?) 

he also happens to be the guy who is interviewing Daniel for his Yale admission (something about a reference). ANOTHER COINCIDENCE!!!
the dude in charge of a part of Daniels future is the very same guy who ends up ruining it to an extent. 

he also gets hit by a drunk driver. 
connecting anything yet? 
that was the dude that was supposed to have hit Natasha. 
whose daughter was also killed by another drunk driver (I'm not crazy, i know its a fake story and she can make the story have all these connections or none at all but still, you have to love it!!!!!) 

at the end of it all, yes she gets deported and yes they try for a bit. 
they talk and text and email but in the end it all dies out. 
Natasha doesn't want to hold on to the past and so much time passes that she doesn't trust herself that everything she lived through one day with Daniel actually happened the way it did. 
Daniel wants to keep her but he can tell that he's losing her. 
and they eventually just go their own ways. 
time is the enemy of love when you're apart. 

so yes, they lose touch. (at this point, i was crying at the nail shop.) 

back to Irene.

shes on a flight taking notice of people, being the best attendant ever, when she comes across a young Asian man just writing away. 
and a beautiful African American woman who low and behold ends up being Natasha. 
(ahhh!!!! WATER WORKS) 
and Daniel, he's on the freaking plane too. (he was the Asian dude writing.)
HES ON THE SAME FREAKING PLANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the freaking universe took them apart and reunited them in the end. 

and that's how it ends. 
they re-connect on a plane. (but where were they coming from and where were they going to!?)

and in my heart, in my mind and my soul, they end up together after that because they are meant to freaking be!!!!!!!!!!

OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!

still left out a loooot tho! ;)

3 comments

  1. Skipped the spoiler part because I want to read it soon, but holy moly I want to read it sooo bad! I loved Everything Everything and I'm excited for this one. X

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    1. so good!!! im hoping she releases another book pretty soon because i love her!!!
      im going back and i see that i talked a lot in the spoilers but theres still a lot i left out.

      come back and let me know what you think.

      thanks for reading! <3

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  2. Such an excellent blog post!!! Your summary is basically my thought process in words!!!

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