We begin The Sun Is Also A Star, learning about our leads and their families, alongside random people who’ll likely be cut from the movie.

Nicola Yoon
Publisher Delacorte Press
Book’s Publish Date 11/1/2016
Genre Romance, Drama, Young Adult
Good If You Like Teen Angst

The Perspective Of Those Who Are 1st Generation Americans (Natasha More So In DREAMer Form)

This Isn’t For You If Like Books Getting To The Action Quickly
Characters Introduced
The Conductor

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The Random People: Irene, The Conductor

Like how medical and legal dramas have random people who majorly change our leads, The Sun Is Also A Star has that. Well, at least in terms of The Conductor. Irene is a security guard at immigration who is lonely and after listening to Nirvana, thanks to Natasha, seems like she’ll commit suicide.

But, The Conductor is on a completely different side of the spectrum. For while he is divorced, due to his ex-wife suddenly not loving him, he became an Evangelical Christian and seemingly is filled with the love of God. Which, as a conductor on a train, leads him to use his platform to speak and push Daniel towards Natasha.

The Bae & Kingsley Family: Natasha, Daniel, Charlie, Samuel, Patricia, Min, Peter, Dae

The Bae family originate from South Kora and currently own a Black Hair Care store. They are comprised of mother Min Soo and dad Dae Hyun. It was Dae’s idea to immigrate to America, and he is the one who mostly runs their store. All in the hope that their two sons, Charlie, the oldest, and Daniel, will become doctors through Harvard. Unfortunately, though, the former golden child, Charlie, gets suspended from Harvard. Thus leading to Daniel holding the hopes and joys of the family – even if it has to be at Yale.

As for the Kingsley family, the Jamaican origin family, sans youngest Peter, are not so much into status. Samuel is a struggling actor who has been in New York for nearly 10 years and whose accent held him back. His wife, Patricia, isn’t spoken of much but Natasha is. She is our female lead and has been in the US since she was 8. Yet, with no mention of the DREAM Act, it seems she is likely to be deported with the rest of her family – thanks to her dad getting a DUI.

Two Strangers On A Collision Course: Natasha, Daniel

Natasha’s day is trying to figure out a way to not get deported at 10PM that day and while not a religious girl, there is some form of hope. How else would you explain her not packing much and still fighting to stay? However, with little help from the Immigration reps, besides some tissue and the name of a lawyer, things aren’t necessarily looking bright.

As for Daniel? Well, with pressure to not be like his brother, yet pseudo following in his footsteps, the sole thing we learn about Daniel that day is his interest in poetry. As well as this girl with a huge curly fro, pink headphones, who seems like she is in bliss. Which seems a bit foreign to him.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Charlie has intentionally whitewashed himself and has mostly dated blonde, white, and blue-eyed girls – except one which was green-eyed. Also, he changed his last name from Bae to Bay, according to Daniel, in what could be seen as a flashforward or Daniel’s imagination of his brother’s future.
  • Natasha is really into rock music. Nirvana being one of the top choices but 90s grunge rock in general.
  • Min is an artist in her spare time.

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

I don’t believe in fate, but I’m desperate.
— Natasha (Page 5 – Hardcover)

Names are powerful things. They act as an identity marker and a kind of map, locating you in time and geography. More than that, they can be a compass.
—Family (Page 16 – Hardcover)

Words, […] should behave more like units of measure, A meter is a meter is a meter. Words shouldn’t be allowed to change meanings. Who decides that the meaning has changed, and when? Is there an in-between time when the word means both things? Or a time when the word doesn’t mean anything at all?
—Irie (Page 25-26 – Hardcover)

On The Fence

It’s A Slow Beginning

Perhaps one of the things I’m not fond of with Yoon is how she structures her books. Similar to her first book, Everything, Everything, and Blake Nelson’s Recovery Road, chapters are short, and they more so are about diving into an emotion than representing a statement. With Irene’s two it is about isolation and loneliness, to the point of suicidal thoughts. Daniel’s are all about how he lives in his brother’s shadow, as shown by us learning more about his brother than him. Then, with Natasha, we get creeping fear.

Which is fine, it is clueing us into perhaps the bigger picture before getting specific, but the jumping can kind of take you out a bit. Especially if you are in the mindset I am of prepping for the movie, and you are reading through the lens of what you can see being taken out more so than what needs to be kept in. Since the details given push you to that kind of thought process.

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Master Book List

Book TitleAuthorSynopsisStatusRatingBook Information
Where She WentGayle FormanThe follow-up to If I Stay flips things and brings us to Adam’s point of view years after Mia’s accident, and we learn what happened to our favorite musicians from two opposite worlds.FinishedPositive (Buy)

Collected Quotes

Redefining Realness (Chapter by Chapter Review)Janet MockFinished

Collected Quotes

Everything, EverythingNicola YoonEverything, Everything is similar to Recovery Road in terms of format. It is setup like a diary, though unlike Recovery Road it has pictures, and each would be chapter is short. However, with a movie coming up this August, starring Amandla Stenberg and Anika Noni Rose, you know I couldn’t resist. Though, let me tell you, this is by no means the best YA novel I’ve ever read.FinishedMixed (Borrow)Collected Quotes
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens AgendaBecky AlbertalliSimon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is worth putting on a pedestal for more than its gay lead, but how it handles the drama of his nearly perfect life.FinishedPositive (Buy)
Genre LGBT, Young Adult, Romance

Collected Quote(s)

Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. PatMs. PatRabbit can be seen as the story behinds the jokes. Ms. Pat stripping away the punch lines and solely getting to the facts.FinishedPositive (Buy)
ublisher Dey St.
Book’s Publish Date 8/22/2017
Genre Biography
Good If You Like Stories About Someone Pulling Up Their Bootstraps And Making a Way Out Of No Way

Books Focused On Growing Up In Urban Areas

This Isn’t For You If Don’t Like Stories About Black Folk Selling Drugs, The Hood, Or Things Of That Nature

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give is the type of book which could prevent many from ever having the ability to say, “I don’t like to read.”FinishedPositive (Buy) | Recommended
Publisher Balzer + Bray
Book’s Publish Date 2/28/2017
Genre Young Adult, Urban
Good If You Like Young Adult Novels Focused On Black Girls.

Urban Novels Which Aren’t All Doom and Gloom.

Books Which Can As Much Be Used For Academic Purposes As Just A Means of Entertainment.

Crazy Rich Asians

While the level of detail in descriptions and family history can be overwhelming, once you get into Crazy Rich Asians, you’re hooked.FinishedMixed (Borrow)
Genre Novel, Fiction
Good If You Like Books Which Focus On More Than One Character’s Point of View

Lots and Lots of Details About Rooms and Houses

Dynasty kind of Drama

A Sense of Culture Within Your Books

Star-Crossed Lovers

Leah on the Offbeat

Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat fills in a lot of the gaps and questions about Simon’s best friend Leah, as well as bring readers some bi-sexual representation.FinishedPositive (Buy)
Genre Young Adult, Novel, Comedy, LGBT

Wendy's Got The Heat

Wendy Williams

In a rather raw, uncensored, and deeply personal autobiography, Wendy Williams pretty much gives you everything but certain names, exact dates, and pictures.FinishedMixed (Borrow)

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Trevor Noah

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood almost seems like a gathering of all of Trevor Noah’s standup specials about his childhood, jokes and all, placed into a book.FinishedMixed (Borrow)

Collected Quote(s)

Around The Way Girl (Chapter by Chapter Review)

Taraji P. Henson

FinishedMixed (Borrow)Collected Quotes

Year of Yes (Chapter by Chapter Review)

Shonda Rhimes

FinishedMixed (Borrow)Collected Quotes

Lettin' It all Hang Out


You Better Work! Well, for most of RuPaul’s life that is just what he did. Whether is was working on a signature look, how to perfect his hair, makeup, or tuck, or climbing the stairs to stardom, working is all he did. All the while battling a few addictions, failures, and being grossly misunderstood at times.FinishedMixed (Borrow)Collected Quotes

Wonder (Chapter by Chapter)

Raquel J. Palacio

FinishedMixed (Borrow)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Chapter by Chapter Review)

Ransom Riggs


Mixed (Stick Around)

Collected Quotes

Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park is a cute romance novel, which doesn’t have much in the way of over the top situations, and creates a simple, and possibly authentic, romance.FinishedMixed (Borrow)

Collected Quotes

The Sun Is Also A Star (Chapter by Chapter)

Nicola Yoon

FinishedCharacter Guide

Buy From Amazon

Hurry Down Sunshine

Michael Greenberg

A father learns to adapt, as he has before, to a family member, in this case, his daughter, dealing with a mental illness and it being so close to home.FinishedMixed (Borrow)

Collected Quotes

The Bad Beginning (Chapter by Chapter Review)

Lemony Snicket

FinishedCollected Quotes

A Pain Less Ordinary

L.V. Pires

If FreeForm ever decides to do mini-series, A Pain Less Ordinary by L.V. Pires should be one of their first adaptations in the format.FinishedMixed (Borrow)

Collected Quote(s)

Purchase From Amazon

Paper Towns (Chapter by Chapter Review)

John GreenFinished

Collected Quotes

Thirteen Reasons Why (Th1rteen R3asons Why)

Jay Asher

FinishedPositive (Buy) | Recommended

Collected Quote(s)

Surpassing Certainty (What My Twenties Taught Me) [Chapter by Chapter Review]

Janet Mock


Positive (Buy)

Collected Quotes

Peace From Broken Pieces

Iyanla Vanzant

Peace From Broken Pieces is part biography/ part self-help book, and is very much like putting a puzzle together. You have to be in a certain mind frame to really focus on it, and the process can be both frustrating and therapeutic, yet satisfying once it is all over and things become clear.FinishedPositive (Buy) | RecommendedCollected Quote(s)

If I Stay (Chapter by Chapter Review)

Gayle Forman

FinishedCollected Quotes

In The Country We Love (My Family Divided)

Diane Guerrero

From her childhood to her adult years, Diane Guerrero takes us through the highs of her family being a cohesive unit, to one by one them being deported and her being forced to rely on friends, her parents, and a boyfriend, to be her main support system.FinishedPositive (Buy)Collected Quote(s)

Set For Life: A Story

Dan Kaluzny

While Set For Life does have a formula which gets old, as you realize it is but the first in a series, it makes you appreciate the foundation laid down.FinishedMixed (Borrow)

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things (Chapter by Chapter Review)

Bryn Greenwood

FinishedPositive (Buy) | Recommended

Recovery Road (Chapter by Chapter Review)

Blake NelsonFinishedMixed (Borrow)Collected Quotes

So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister

Anna Akana

So Much I Want To Tell You: Letters To My Little Sister, is the type of memoir/advice book those without an older sibling, or aren’t close to theirs, may want to look into. Especially if you wanted an older sister.FinishedMixed (Borrow)

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