Showing posts with label nicola yoon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nicola yoon. Show all posts

Thursday, October 27, 2016

[Review] The Sun Is Also A Star - Nicola Yoon: Diversity and Deportation

In THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, science geek Natasha and poet Daniel fall in love right before Natasha is supposed to get deported back to Jamaica.

What intrigued me: I was curious about Yoon's books, after the success of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING.

Unique narrative style

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR is an incredibly unique novel. From the beautifully emotional writing to the narrative style; the story is told from multiple POVs of random strangers the protagonists meet in the story. The chapters are all very short, five pages at most, and anything that isn't told from Natasha's or Daniel's POV reads more like a footnote than a continuation of the story. 

This may sound strange, but Yoon absolutely is able to pull this off seamlessly without interrupting the narrative flow. Through all those POVs we are presented with an eclectic view of Natasha's and Daniel's world that is truly entertaining to read about. It's especially noteworthy how effortlessly diverse her cast is and how pleasant and organic it feels to read about these two non-white teens falling in love.

However, aside from the fantastic world and the undoubtedly incredibly multi-faceted characters, there isn't really much to THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR. We have the side plots involving Natasha's deportation and Daniel's worries concerning his future career path, but that's it. It truly reads like you're following these characters around, like the story is making itself up as it goes along.

Eccentric and Romance-Heavy

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR doesn't try to trick you into thinking that it's more than just a romance at any point. The story itself dabbles along but never quite deviates from the course; if there even is any to begin with. The lack of structure is evident very early on and irritated me, because I was expecting the side plots to grow more important and the romance to be more of a side plot.

Personally, I do like my contemporaries less on the romance-heavy side and more on the plot-driven side which is ultimately why I had a hard time concentrating and truly making peace with the lack of story. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR is a very eccentric and unique novel that will ultimately be hit or miss for you.




Overall: Do I Recommend?

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR is incredibly unique, incredibly well-written, and if you love romance, absolutely a novel that I'd recommend to you.

Additional Info

Published: November 1st 2016
Pages: 344
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: YA / Romance
ISBN: 9780553496680

"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 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?
 "(Source: Goodreads)

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

20 Exciting 2016/17 YA Books by Black Women | #DiversityBoost

This is the first post for my new blog feature, #DiversityBoost - created solely to boost and highlight diverse books and authors!

Do yourself a favor, diversify your shelf, and add all those fantastic books to your TBR on Goodreads.


PEAS AND CARROTS by Tanita S. Davis
A Black girl coming to live with a White foster family and I absolutely need to read this book! This sounds so great. (Feb 2016, Knopf Books for Young Readers) Goodreads

THE SMALLER EVIL by Stephanie Kuehn
A fast-paced fantastic thriller featuring a gay teen with anxiety! I've been excited for this for months. (Aug 2016, Dutton Books for Young Readers) Goodreads

INTO WHITE by Randi Pink
This is about a Black girl waking up White one day and I need it in my life SO SO SO badly. You need it, too. (Sept 2016, Feiwel and Friends) Goodreads

PASADENA by Sherri L. Smith
A noir thriller in the vein of WE WERE LIARS, oh my! Give me all the unreliable narrators, I am ready for this. (Sept 2016, G.P. Putnam's Books for Young Readers) Goodreads

EVERYONE WE'VE BEEN by Sarah Everett
This has a gorgeous cover and features one of my favorite tropes - memory loss and trying to recover those memories. I'm excited. (Oct 2016, Knopf Books for Young Readers) Goodreads

STEALING SNOW by Danielle Page
You can't go wrong with fairytale retellings and this particular one absolutely had me at "high security mental hospital".
(Sept 2016, Bloomsbury USA Children's) Goodreads

A gorgeous contemporary about love and fate from the fantastic Nicola Yoon. (Nov 2016, Delacorte Press) Goodreads

FATE OF FLAMES by Sarah Raughley
Four girls with the power to control elements fighting against nightmare monsters. Love me some girl power, this sounds great.
(Nov 2016, Simon Pulse) Goodreads

PLASTIC WINGS by C.T. Callahan
Angels and humans fighting to the death, I've always been a sucker for a good angel story, so all the thumbs up for this! (Nov 2016, Three Little Books Co.)  Goodreads


ALLEGEDLY by Tiffany D. Jackson
This sounds like a marvellous thrilling read: The protagonist is accused of having murdered a child.
(Jan 2017, Katherine Tegen Books) Goodreads

BINTI: HOME by Nnedi Okorafor
Granted, this one is a short story, but if you haven't read part 1, BINTI, you are missing out. African-inspired sci-fi. You need this. (Jan 2017, Goodreads

This is about a Haitian immigrant pursuing the American Dream, and I am already in love. (Feb 2017, Balzer + Bray) Goodreads

THE HATE U GIVE by A.C. Thomas
This tackles the very important topic of police brutality and I cannot wait to read this and recommend it to everyone I know. (Feb 2017, Balzer & Bray) Goodreads

LITTLE & LION by Brandy Colbert
A black and jewish teen and mental health! Ah, this sounds like a dream come true. (Aug 2017, Little Brown Books for Young Readers) Goodreads

Accidental pregnancy, adoption, secrets! Yes! (2017, HarperTeen) Goodreads

(other covers yet to be revealed, but not any less exciting!)

THE BELLES by Dhonielle Clayton 
Girls who can manipulate beauty. Give me this fresh concept and fantastic idea immediately, I need this! Ahhhh (Dec 2017, Disney Hyperion) Goodreads

DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone
This one makes me already love it by its fantastic blurb. Police brutality, Martin Luther King, Blackness. Yes. ( Oct2017, Crown Books for Young Readers) Goodreads

UNRAVELING LOVELY by Ashley Woodfolk
Social media, diversity, and dealing with a tragedy. Sounds exactly right up my alley and like it will rip my heart out. Yes. (2017, Delacorte) Goodreads

Not much has been revealed yet but Gay is a name you can expect nothing short from perfection of. Looking forward to this. (2017, Balzer & Bray) Goodreads

Which upcoming novel sounds the most interesting to you?

#DiversityBoost is a new monthly feature on my blog where I boost and highlight diverse books or books by diverse authors. 

I'll periodically be making posts like this, so if you're a diverse author/ have written a diverse book and would like to be in one of my posts, follow my twitter to never miss a submission call!

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