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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
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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca Bradley on 25-10-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By beautifulkitsch on 28-06-18

Nicola Yoon does it again

Nicola Yoon always knocks it out of the park. What started off as a bit of light reading ended up being a book I couldn't put down or let go of. I had to be somewhere which is why it took me a day and half to get through this. The audiobook is also brilliant, and wonderfully read, especially by Raymond Lee who plays Daniel. It was more like listening to a play than an audiobook because the format is written from shifting perspectives, which the audiobook mirrored. LOVED that. For me, I did a combination of Kindle and the audiobook because I just couldn't leave this story behind, I need to know what happened next. I love that we live in a day and age that lets you do this.

Anyway, back to the novel. The idea that we all contribute to one another's stories is beautiful and executed seamlessly in this book. Nicola also gives you a very real account of what it's like to be an immigrant parent raising a third culture kid today. It certainly helped me to understand my own family a little better. You think this book is about is about to kids falling in love but it's also a comment about our culture and the way we relate to one another. It confronts racism within minority communities, which we rarely see in mainstream literature or pop culture and it handles it so simply and beautifully. I suspect the author's understanding of this is drawn from life being of Jamaican descent and married to her partner who is of Korean descent, just like our two protagonists in the novel. I think so many of us could benefit from reading this book to be perfectly honest, it explains so much without even trying.

After Everything Everything and now The Sun is Also a Star, I'd pretty much read, listen to, watch, consume anything this woman produces. She has her finger so firmly on the pulse of our humanity and a clearly a penchant for the 90s grunge scene. basically, she's awesome. can't wait for the next book.

-N

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5 out of 5 stars
By BookLuvr73 on 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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2 out of 5 stars
By BookItForward.Blog on 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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