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The Sun Is Also a Star Audiobook

The Sun Is Also a Star

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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

Publisher's 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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    FanB14 12-15-16
    FanB14 12-15-16

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Sweet Little Book"

    This is a sweet little book of a Jamaican girl about to be deported who by happenstance meets a Korean-American boy, conflicted about his path in life. Both fall in love in the span of a few hours. Her writing style is solid, but this one is okay in comparison to "Everything, Everything". The story is implausible and the female narrator was annoying. Overall, a cute story, but not as great as it was hyped to be. Still worth the credit.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee MILPITAS, US, Canada 12-06-16
    Aimee MILPITAS, US, Canada 12-06-16 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    BookLuvr73 12-16-16
    BookLuvr73 12-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "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!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lee House Atlanta, TX, US 11-11-16
    Lee House Atlanta, TX, US 11-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "don't normally read young adult"

    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.

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    Lynn 11-13-16
    Lynn 11-13-16
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    "just one day"

    who knew about could Chronicle the events of just one day that would change to people's lives forever? a must read, different from any book I've ever read

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katie - Audible Hoboken, NJ 11-04-16
    Katie - Audible Hoboken, NJ 11-04-16 Member Since 2013

    Audible Editor, fiction lover, chocolate addict. "Every book is a children's book if the kid can read!" - Mitch Hedberg

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    "My Favorite YA Book of the Year"

    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.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Ivonne Sirett 03-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "sweet story"

    the story is about fate. it is really sweet and makes you laugh and tear up. good east listen. voices are meh.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Manila, Philippines 11-07-16
    Kate Manila, Philippines 11-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Okay"

    I liked the first one better. I guess I just didn't understand this one enough to truly appreciate it.

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    East 07-31-17
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    "Great"

    I thought that the book was good and that people should read everything everything next

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    sues 07-28-17
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    "coincidental love!"

    loved multi speakers and subplots , not predictable ending. is this love or just coincident?

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    "Amazing"

    It's amazing I cried so much I loved it more than I have loved any book I wish the end had like another chapter explaining but then the magic would be lost it changed the way I looked at life

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  • Kellis
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    "Surprisingly Calming"

    Beautiful book full of possibilities. Lovely to read about POC characters but wish the Jamaican accents were better. Overall interesting and surprisingly calming.

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  • Anonymous
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    "Beautiful"

    This was one of the most emotionally realistic and beautiful books I've read. Definite recommend.

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    "LOVE"

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!
    What a beautiful story!
    That's all I can bring myself to say!

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  • sara crookdake
    11/20/16
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    "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.

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  • Amazon Customer
    11/20/16
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    "Absolutely amazing."

    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👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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    "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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