I chose to read The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon for the 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt #24, a book that takes place in a single day. I picked this book off a list of such books, having no idea what might fit this category.
This is the story of Natasha and Daniel. Seventeen-year-old Natasha is the daughter of Jamaican parents in the United States illegally. She has her future planned out – college, career. Until her father has a run in with the law setting her entire family on a course toward deportation. Daniel, also seventeen, is the second son of Korean immigrants. Until recently, he has been the disappointing son, never as good as his golden boy older brother. Now, however, his brother has disgraced himself and it is up to Daniel to pursue life goals that bring honor to his family. These sudden life changes set Natasha and Daniel on a collision course leading to an otherwise impossible romance.
This book isn’t only about Natasha and Daniel and their whirlwind romance, however. It is also the story of a depressed security officer at the immigration office. It is about mothers and fathers and brothers. About dreams unrealized and goals unfulfilled.
I listened to this book on audio, narrated by Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee and Dominic Hoffman. Their performance is outstanding. I loved having different voices for each of the characters.
I loved this book. It has fantastic energy. I laughed and I cried. I will definitely read more by Nicola Yoon!