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.
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.
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
Audible Editor, fiction lover, chocolate addict. "Every book is a children's book if the kid can read!" - Mitch Hedberg
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 relationship and their futures – together and apart. I recently got to listen to the audiobook, which was beautifully performed by Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee, and Dominic Hoffman. Turpin and Lee inhabit the main characters in such a way that ensures Yoon’s work will become essential listening.
but thought this might be a good one for my grand-daughter. wanted to "read" it first to make sure it was appropriate. thoroughly enjoyed it.
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.
I'm a life long avid reader with an hour commute for work. Audible makes my commute actually something to look forward to. I'm a registered nurse in women's health at a very busy hospital and love it.
Thoroughly enjoyable story with great narration. I loved that the story was quirky and interesting.
I love how the people around Daniel and Natasha reflect the emotions they are going through. An unlikely couple, but a very logical and beautiful relationship. The mix of points of view totally works.
I liked the small details,it made the people very real for me the pattering back and forth was cute .
Overall a fun listening.
I will be looking into some of her other books.
I knew it was going to bring forth the tears, but I was a hot mess by the time I got to work. Although I am not sure I would have this on my middle grade shelf due to language, the story is so rich and intense that I would almost hate the keep that from a reader.
Eleanor and Park made me feel the same way this book did. It left my heart in pieces, but yet, it was so romantic.
The narrators were perfect!! Natasha slipped back into her Jamaican accent in the end, and it was so rich and authentic. The character sketches in between Natasha and Daniel were an added bonus to the story and took the reader to a different level of comprehension.
If I had not been driving in morning traffic, I would have been sobbing uncontrollably; I had to hold back so I would not alarm my campus when I arrived.
"BEST BOOK EVER"
This is the best, most exiting, heart warming book I have ever listened to! I couldn't stop, I have fallen in love with all the characters and the gripping story line.
From the voices of the readers to the intensity of the plot, I find no faults at all and have recommended it to so many of my friends. Just as good as Everything Everything, one of the best authors I've come across. Congrats Nicola👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
"exceptional and inspiring"
Exceptional and inspiring in every way. Beautifully written. Characters one actually cares about even ones you would think insignificant. So sad when it ended which I don't experience very often. We need more from your positive thinking Nicolai Yoon.
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