The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star

by Nicola Yoon

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Now a major motion picture starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton! The #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist from the bestselling author of Everything, Everything will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other.

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? 


The #1 New York Times Bestseller 
A National Book Award Finalist
A 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
A New York Times Notable Book
A BuzzFeed Best YA Book of the Year
A POPSUGAR Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Editor's Choice
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens
Recipient of the John Steptoe New Talent Award
A Walter Award Honor Book

"Beautifully crafted."--People Magazine

"A book that is very much about the many factors that affect falling in love, as much as it is about the very act itself . . . fans of Yoon’s first novel, Everything Everything, will find much to love—if not, more—in what is easily an even stronger follow up." —Entertainment Weekly

"Transcends the limits of YA as a human story about falling in love and seeking out our futures." —

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553496703
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 8,934
File size: 19 MB
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Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

NICOLA YOON is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Sun Is Also a Star and Everything, Everything, her debut novel, which was turned into a major motion picture. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn and lives in Los Angeles with her family. She’s also a hopeless romantic who firmly believes that you can fall in love in an instant and that it can last forever.

Follow @NicolaYoon on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram.

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CARL SAGAN SAID that if you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. When he says “from scratch,” he means from nothing. He means from a time before the world even existed. If you want to make an apple pie from nothing at all, you have to start with the Big Bang and expanding universes, neutrons, ions, atoms, black holes, suns, moons, ocean tides, the Milky Way, Earth, evolution, dinosaurs, extinction-level events, platypuses, Homo erectus, Cro-Magnon man, etc. You have to start at the beginning. You must invent fire. You need water and fertile soil and seeds. You need cows and people to milk them and more people to churn that milk into butter. You need wheat and sugar cane and apple trees. You need chemistry and biology. For a really good apple pie, you need the arts. For an apple pie that can last for generations, you need the printing press and the Industrial Revolution and maybe even a poem.
To make a thing as simple as an apple pie, you have to create the whole wide world.
Local Teen Accepts Destiny, Agrees to Become Doctor, Stereotype
It’s Charlie’s fault that my summer (and now fall) has been one absurd headline after another. Charles Jae Won Bae, aka Charlie, my older brother, firstborn son of a firstborn son, surprised my parents (and all their friends, and the entire gossiping Korean community of Flushing, New York) by getting kicked out of Harvard University (Best School, my mother said, when his acceptance letter arrived). Now he’s been kicked out of Best School, and all summer my mom frowns and doesn’t quite believe and doesn’t quite understand.
Why you grades so bad? They kick you out? Why they kick you out? Why not make you stay and study more?
My dad says, Not kick out. Require to withdraw. Not the same as kick out.
Charlie grumbles: It’s just temporary, only for two semesters.
Under this unholy barrage of my parents’ confusion and shame and disappointment, even I almost feel bad for Charlie. Almost.
MY MOM SAYS IT’S TIME for me to give up now, and that what I’m doing is futile. She’s upset, so her accent is thicker than usual, and every statement is a question.
“You no think is time for you to give up now, Tasha? You no think that what you doing is futile?”
She draws out the first syllable of futile for a second too long. My dad doesn’t say anything. He’s mute with anger or impotence. I’m never sure which. His frown is so deep and so complete that it’s hard to imagine his face with another expression. If this were even just a few months ago, I’d be sad to see him like this, but now I don’t really care. He’s the reason we’re all in this mess.
Peter, my nine-year-old brother, is the only one of us happy with this turn of events. Right now, he’s packing his suitcase and playing “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley. “Old- school packing music,” he called it.
Despite the fact that he was born here in America, Peter says he wants to live in Jamaica. He’s always been pretty shy and has a hard time making friends. I think he imagines that Jamaica will be a paradise and that, somehow, things will be better for him there.
The four of us are in the living room of our one-bedroom apartment. The living room doubles as a bedroom, and Peter and I share it. It has two small sofa beds that we pull out at night, and a bright blue curtain down the middle for privacy. Right now the curtain is pulled aside so you can see both our halves at once.
It’s pretty easy to guess which one of us wants to leave and which wants to stay. My side still looks lived-in. My books are on my small IKEA shelf. My favorite picture of me and my best friend, Bev, is still sitting on my desk. We’re wearing safety goggles and sexy-pouting at the camera in physics lab. The safety goggles were my idea. The sexy-pouting was hers. I haven’t removed a single item of clothing from my dresser. I haven’t even taken down my NASA star map poster. It’s huge—actually eight posters that I taped together—and shows all the major stars, constellations, and sections of the Milky Way visible from the Northern Hemisphere. It even has instructions on how to find Polaris and navigate your way by stars in case you get lost. The poster tubes I bought for packing it are leaning unopened against the wall.
On Peter’s side, virtually all the surfaces are bare, most of his possessions already packed away into boxes and suitcases.
My mom is right, of course—what I’m doing is futile. Still, I grab my headphones, my physics textbook, and some comics. If I have time to kill, maybe I can finish up my homework and read.
Peter shakes his head at me. “Why are you bringing that?” he asks, meaning the textbook. “We’re leaving, Tasha. You don’t have to turn in homework.”
Peter has just discovered the power of sarcasm. He uses it every chance he gets.
I don’t bother responding to him, just put my headphones on and head for the door. “Back soon,” I say to my mom.
She kisses her teeth and turns away. I remind myself that she’s not upset with me. Tasha, is not you me upset with, you know? is something she says a lot these days. I’m going to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) building in downtown Manhattan to see if someone there can help me. We are undocumented immigrants, and we’re being deported tonight.
Today is my last chance to try to convince someone—or fate—to help me find a way to stay in America.
To be clear: I don’t believe in fate. But I’m desperate.

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The Sun Is Also a Star 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can not explain how many emotions this book made me feel, without giving away any spoilers. So I'll just stick to this book was amazing, and I totally recomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. Makes you want to reach for the stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my. I loved this story so much. I didn't start out loving it, but it sucked me in.
Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
Natasha is a Jamaican American teen, living illegally in NYC with her small family in a one-bedroom apartment since she was a child. And she is about to be deported back to a country where she won't belong, with her American ways, accent, and scientific career aspirations. Daniel is a Korean American teen also in NYC. But not only is he legal, his older brother is at Harvard, and his family has achieved more success. Both boys are on track to be doctors, regardless of what they may want. Daniel's only tolerable change to the plan is going to Yale instead of Harvard. On his way to the interview, with a suit, a red tie, and some time to kill thanks to an odd proclamation by a train conductor, Daniel Jae Ho Bae decides to "blow in the direction of the wind. Pretend my future's wide open, and that anything can happen." And this on this one day of destiny, it does. Daniel sees a girl with pink headphones who stops in the middle of a crowded sidewalk to lose herself in the music, and he follows her into a record-shop, where her ex-boyfriend and another girl will steal a record, prompting him to speak to her, and begin an incredible journey towards love and self-awareness, as if fate itself had intervened. With hints of insight into the backgrounds of each teen's parents, things like time paradoxes, irie, multiverses, and even seemingly lesser characters like a train conductor and a female security guard, you can see how everything really Does happen for a reason, as Natasha's father says. The Sun is Also a Star is filled with the maxims of a perceptive adult, through the eyes and wit of a teen. It will leave you craving Korean food, karaoke, and to sit comfortably answering deep life questions with someone you love. For discussion questions, a list of similar reads or notable quotes, or a matching themed recipe of chocolate cupcakes in an ice cream cone with vanilla frosting, visit:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book with relatable characters. A great easy read for a snowy day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jus fantastic.
Sydney Luttschwager 7 months ago
There was a lot of hype around this book because of the movie that came out in when I first heard of this book. I worked at Barnes & Noble at the time (before my hiatus), and it was everywhere. I found a used copy at my store and bought it. As usual, it sat on my shelf for a while before I picked it up. I first read Everything, Everything by the same author and loved it. So I thought that since this one has a movie that’s already out, why not read this one too? So I did, and I don’t regret it one bit. This book a typical teenage romance novel and I knew I could get into it. The main character is from Jamaica and is an illegal immigrant and her love interest is a Korean boy. It’s refreshing to see interracial couples in novels! There were definitely some twists at the end. Not as major as the last book I read by Yoon, but enough to make me angry, cringe, and sad all at once. This was an excellent book and it took me on a trip I never knew I needed. I think Yoon is one of my new favorite authors and I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve for the coming years. I mean hey, she had two movies based off her books in the span of a year; that in itself should say something about her stories! Five stars all the way. I may need to come back and read it again sometime down the road.
Heyitzbookgirl 9 months ago
It's a different love story line that I haven't read before. I would be reading books about good girl-bad boy romance, or the other way around, or a girl or a boy being sick and their about to die. This wasn't the case with the plot. Natasha's family is being deported and when she meets Daniel, she only has a day to spend with him. That's how deep love can be with a person. It may not be the best book in the world, but it is one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after I read Everything, Everything, since it was recommended and I truly enjoyed that book. I started reading it and for some reason, I felt a bit lost since even though Daniel and Natasha are the main characters, there are other characters’ stories involved. I stopped reading it. Time passed and I accidentally watch a sudden movie commercial on YouTube, and it’s The Sun is Also a Star! After I watched it, I decided to give the book another try before watching the movie. I just finished it and truly liked it! The only down side is that I want more already! The book has such a cute, romantic, realistic, but mostly hopeful love story. The kind of love story that most of us want to experience at least once, specially as teenagers. It’s easy to read, and, in my case, it was relatable. I’m an immigrant and even though I was born somewhere else, America is my home, and will always be!
gorgeousgirly More than 1 year ago
It was good, I might go a little further, but it was not amazing. It was unrealistic, and very confusing. The 2 main characters fight after every 4 chapters, and somehow manage to meet up again. Nobody can fall in love in a day. The ending was very irritating, and you don't know if they end up together. I was frustrated with this book, but I did love the different POVs. I thought that was very interesting. The concept of the book was exquisite, but the outcome was not up to par.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book keeps you roped in the whole time! It's unpredictable and wonderful at the same time. I read almost 200 pages in one setting. Great job to the author I hope one day I can have a masterpiece like this of my own.
Stacy_Renee More than 1 year ago
Natasha has lived in the U.S. since she was 8 but she's undocumented and today is the day she's being deported back to Jamaica. Daniel has to take up the torch of success now that his brother, Charlie, has flunked out of Harvard but it's not what he really wants. Natasha needs help. Daniel wants a sign. And then something like fate brings them together, again and again. She doesn't believe in love and he is determined to change her mind and convince her that they are meant to be. This is a whirlwind love story gone awry, all taking place in one day, and with an ending that (deep sigh) was not what I was expecting. I mostly read this because of the upcoming movie adaptation (because I try to read the book first) and went into not knowing it was an insta-love story. I don't read those often and I can't say that I'm a fan, but I kind of didn't mind it here so much because at least one of the characters doesn't even believe in love and isn't willing to just fall head over heels, even if she eventually does. I loved all the existential contemplations about true love and fate and science and the universe. This book seemed to cover a lot of topics from immigration to prejudice to both strict and strained family relationships. It was all a little eye-opening for me. I also enjoyed all the small chapters involving side characters who had minor importance in Natasha and Daniel's day but still had big impacts on them or were impacted by them. Those really helped push the 'fate' narrative and round out the story. If you like contemporary or romance, I'd recommend reading this before seeing the adaptation!
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
loved this story, glad to know good things still happen in this world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first saw the book, the first thing that caught my eye was the cover. It was colorful and looked interesting. The title pulled me in as I thought of the possible things it could be about. The characters were likeable. I really like the way that the chapters were ordered, and that some chapters gave insight to a different perspective or a topic. Natasha and Daniel, the main characters had chemistry. The was clear from the start. It was so clear, and they were so likeable that you couldn't help to root for them. Hope that somehow maybe things would work out. *Spoiler alert* I liked that there wasn't a clear cut happy ending. At one point I found myself crying because I too could feel the emotions that they were feeling. But I liked that they eventually met each other again and hadn't completely forgotten about each other and fully developed their own seperate lives. I liked it because that's what happens most times in the real world. The real world is full of concequences, and not everyone gets a happy ending. I'll probably also buy a physical version as well, to have and keep. Will be reading this over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not a huge fan of love stories but I finished this read in one day. Super cute, unique, loveable characters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was definitely worth my time and money. As good as Everything, Everything.
EmmaKaminski More than 1 year ago
The Sun Is Also a Star “The Sun Is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon is undoubtedly a book that will make you think. It gets off to a fairly slow start, especially since the writing style is not particularly ‘exciting’. Set in New York City, the story takes place between a girl (Natasha) who is rapidly trying to piece back together her world, and a boy (Daniel) who is just trying to figure out where he belongs. Seeing Natasha in a music store, Daniel immediately feels a pull towards her, but when he finally speaks to her, he realizes that she won’t be so easy to convince it’s meant to be, especially when her family is going to be deported within the day. The story follows the two teens as Daniel convinces Natasha to do an experiment with him to see if they fall in love. Between visits to: Daniel’s family’s store, a deportation lawyer, and a Korean karaoke restaurant, the two spend their first, and probably last day together based on nothing more than a feeling. Overall, the novel is what it claims to be, Young Adult fiction. There are no real dramatic thrills, and not many bumps in the plotline. For me, it took quite a while to get through the book because the interest came from the writing, not a flaunty drama. The author uses eloquent language in an almost poetic way to give the book a mood I had never felt from a book before. Nicola Yoon shares a take on two American minorities’ individual daily struggles in a very unconventional- but at the same time very real- way. It goes into details about individual stories that build the characters into incredibly dimensional people in way that I haven’t seen written before. And she doesn’t only do this with the two main characters, but ‘side’ characters such as Irene as well (who is introduced later in the book). My only issue with the book is the plot, because while the story is very artfully written, the bigger plot has no significant climax in my eyes, so the book was very much the same pace the whole way through. “The Sun Is Also a Star” is a novel for those looking for romance, deeper meanings, and poetic writing. I enjoyed the writing of the book very much, but for anyone looking for an adventure novel, or a dramatic YA- this isn’t for you.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure where to begin, the book was absolutely without a doubt one of the best books I've ever read. The characters and insights into each person's life is phenomenal and so well written. After reading, I was compelled to share what I just read and that does not happen very often. I'm looking forward to whatever the author writes next because I am truly moved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sun is also a star is one of those books that you can’t put down until you’ve reached the end, as each character sneaks their way into your heart and you develop some sort of connection with each one,the ending of this book isn’t like most romance novels and that’s what makes it even better! If your looking for a good read and something romantic,funny,somewhat educational and realistic I strongly suggest reading yoon’s novel .
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BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the narrators, although it took a little while to get used to them. I liked the story, so giving this 4.5 out of 5 stars. So this book is pretty much told over the course of one single day. I don’t want to say it featured insta-love, but given that fact, it kind of does. But honestly, the progression of Natasha and Daniel’s connection felt natural. The universe parts were a little off-putting to listen to, but it was nice seeing background, thoughts, histories, etc. for some secondary characters. The ending was kind of disappointing, but then the epilogue made me happier. It was kind of open ended, but given what had already happened, I’d like to think these two individuals finally got their happy ending after all. I liked the mixed race aspect of it, and the touching upon the subject when they were out in public together. Overall, I enjoyed this one. I’d highly recommend it. I just wished I’d loved it a little more to give it that final .5 stars. I think all the different characters maybe overwhelmed me a little too much while listening, and I wanted more focus on the two teens. I can’t wait for Nicola’s next book! You can check out my review of her debut book here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fast passed and a beach read!!!