Monday, November 28, 2016

The Sun Is Also a Star/Nicola Yoon/248 pgs.

Natasha is a teenager, originally from Jamaica, but has lived in the United States, illegally, since she was 8 years old. Daniel, also a teenager, was born in the United States from Korean parents who immigrated to have a better life for themselves and their unborn children. Both Natasha and Daniel live in New York City. Natasha is on her way to the immigration office to see if there is any way that her family can stay in the United States. Daniel is on his way to an interview for admission into Yale. Neither knows each other, but by chance, coincidence, fate (whatever you want to call it!) they do meet, and the story takes off from there. The story is told in chapters mainly in Natasha's and Daniel's voices. However, even minor characters have a voice, plus an unknown narrator, which adds to the depth of this novel. Yes, it's a love story--but it's so much more than that. The characters come to life on the page making the reader identify with them and feel their pain and joy. Highly recommended!

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