Montag, 31. Oktober 2016

Empfehlung "The Sun is also a Star" von Nicola Yoon ( English Version )

Title: The sun is also a star

Author: Yoon, Nicola 

Publisher:  Delacort Press
Pages: 384

Headline: new book by Nicola Yoon manages to exceed expectations of one critical reader!

The cast consiste of: 

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?

The sun is also a star
a History of before:

"There's a Japanese phrase that I like: koi no yokan. It doesn't mean love at first sight. it's closer to love at second sight. It's the feeling when you meet someone that you're going to fall in love with them." 
This seems to match with my Yoon relationship. Of course I 've read "Everything Everything" but it didn't thrill me. It was nice and surprising refreshing but I never ran around gushing about it. Still, having the Koi no Yokan feeling, I knew we would get there. At some point I would  fall in love with her work. If this story wasn't it, so maybe "The Sun is also a star" would convince me? ( yes, yes, definitely! )

 follwed by a rambled recommandation of sort: 

"He thinks my hair smells like spring rain. I'm really trying to remain stoic and unaffected. I remind myself that I don't like poetic language. I don't like poetry. I don't even like people who like poetry. 
But I'm not dead inside either."

Observable Fact: Instalove is not something I like, but I did love it here. 
The only reason Nicola Yoon can pull off this "We're in Love after 4 hours of acquaintance" are her characters. You cannot not believe Daniel. Of course he's already in love with Natasha, because it's Daniel. The reader is already loving Natasha as well. And how could you not love Daniel? These two make you believe in love at first ( ok, second )  sight again.
The story is pretty basic: Boy meets girl, they spend some hours, fall in love. Natashas adventure for the day is to stop the deportation to Jamaica, Daniel's adventure is to get to an interview for Yale. How to fill the pages? With perfectly placed little pieces of history regarding people they meet or products they're using. Everything you do has an impact on your surrounding, giving these insights about these extras in this play is a delightful change of scenery. The pieces missing in a puzzle. 

Observable Fact: I like diversity. 
The little background into Jamaican and Korean cultur as well as the historical bits were well included into the story and gave a little Romeo and Juliet vibe to the lovestory. Daniel suffers from the expectations his parents put on him, while Natashas suffers from decision her parents made. 
Even though I don't like New York, the story setting there made me long for another trip to New York.

"And then there is you. I didn't know you this morning, and now I don't really remember not knowing you."

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