The Sun Is Also a Star

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Now a major motion picture starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton! The number one New York Times best seller and National Book Award finalist from the best-selling author of Everything, Everything will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other. 

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? 

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." (POPSUGAR.com)

©2016 Nicola Yoon (P)2016 Listening Library
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Read this book!

This is such a beautifully written book. It’s lovely and touching and honest and just a wonderful read. I highly recommend it.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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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  • 02-07-18

Absolutely incredible

If you want an emotional book that will make you cry laugh and doubt everything than this is the one for you. The performance was lovely and I haven’t enjoyed listening to anything as much as this

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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

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Awesome story

I enjoyed the point of views of both characters and using 2 different actors. plus another actor to Narrate. It had a real life ending

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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.

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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.

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  • Ms T
  • 04-25-19

Not for me

This book is too YA and too unbelievable. I couldn’t invest in the cheesy-romancy story and the one day timeframe was too far-fetched. The multiple narrators were very good but unfortunately didn’t salvage the book at all for me. Unpopular opinion but no, no, no.

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  • Rebecca Bradley
  • 10-25-17

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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  • V_Nerdbooks
  • 04-17-19

Narrator Love

I love a YA love story, yes they can be a little Insta-love, but they are great, you can get lost in a fabulous book for a few hours, and when you look up, all is right with the world!

I loved the fact that this was not only told in dual POV, but it also goes into the background of some of the other characters so that you can see why they are the way that they are

Narrated as always beautifully by Bahni Turpin with Raymond Lee and Dominic Hoffman who are 2 new narrators for me, but made this book sound so good

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-19

Best Read Audiobook

This audiobook has been my favourite so far in terms of how much thought was put into how it would sound. It's a delight to listen to. The story itself was funny and insightful and I encourage all to listen.

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  • Mrs. L. Lawson
  • 03-26-19

True love

This book give an Insight into 2 different cultures and the needs for the parents to uphold and preserve their culture through their children , with Natasha and Donald a love story that started but ended with no control over their situation.

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  • 04-26-20

My cup of tea

Really good YA fiction book, I especially enjoyed how they gave each and every character a backstory and a future, this made the ending extremely satisfying.

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  • Ilhan
  • 12-16-19

Most diverse, engaging love story ever

I binged this all with no shame. I throughly enjoyed listening to all the different voices. the accents were spot on and enjoyed how the author touches on the different view points of the main characters such as god, science, love, family to name a few. I would definitely recommend this

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  • Joan
  • 09-17-19

Entertaining listen

Loved it. Wonderful story and excellent acting. A real feel good book.
Not too heavy but definitely enjoyable.

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  • Roxie
  • 08-23-19

Gripping story of love

Loved it! Could not put it down. A story of love .. under despite circumstances

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  • Baldicat
  • 06-15-19

much better the movie

I enjoyed it loved the story...and the general narration...but the jafacian accents not so much...

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  • Jenan
  • 04-08-20

it was good but boring

struggled to finish. I enjoyed the narration but the book would get really boring

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  • Jessica G.
  • 08-14-17

IM IN LOVE WITH THIS

I'm a HUGE fan of the book so of course I like the audio book, however the voice was unexpected ahah.

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  • Michelle
  • 06-02-17

Bit slow paced, beautiful and heart-wrenching.

Loved listening to this book.
Bit slow paced at times but I really loved it!