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The Sun Is Also a Star

Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)
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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, November 2016 - 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 lives. I recently got to listen to the audiobook, narrated by Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee, and Dominic Hoffman - whose performances ensure Yoon’s work will soon become essential listening. —Katie, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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?

©2016 Nicola Yoon (P)2016 Listening Library

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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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Bit slow paced, beautiful and heart-wrenching.

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

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  • BookLuvr73
  • 16-12-2016

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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  • BookItForward.Blog
  • 06-12-2016

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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  • Claudia Maittlen-Harris
  • 11-02-2018

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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  • PT
  • 07-02-2018

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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  • Ivonne Sirett
  • 02-03-2017

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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  • Lynn
  • 13-11-2016

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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  • Lee House
  • 11-11-2016

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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  • Katie - Audible
  • 04-11-2016

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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  • FanB14
  • 15-12-2016

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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  • Kate
  • 07-11-2016

Okay

I liked the first one better. I guess I just didn't understand this one enough to truly appreciate it.

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  • Rebecca Bradley
  • 25-10-2017

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 Nerd (Kermit), Reviews by Audio Killed the Bookmark
  • 17-04-2019

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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  • Jade
  • 16-04-2019

AMAZING! I want to listen to it again.

I absolutely loved this. Beautifully written with loveable intriguing characters. The actors are superb. lt kept me gripped during my hour commute to work.

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  • Joanna Wylie
  • 08-04-2019

beautiful story

loved it. such a sweet story of two people and the journey to love and connection

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-04-2019

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
  • 26-03-2019

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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  • Jarreck Dylinda
  • 06-03-2019

Heart wrenching & warming

Read this as part of a reading challenge (a YA novel) & thoroughly enjoyed it from the perspective that the novel captures everything that it means to be 17 & how your world values are never quite the same after the late teens. And how everything seems to be able to last forever ‘Cos you’re invincible.

I like how the story has asides, as well as the threads of life running through the characters. I enjoyed the ‘conflict’ of Arts v Science. There are many aspects that I enjoyed, even cried 6 minutes from the end.

Just something niggles at me about the actual writing style, I’m not able to put my finger on it & it could simply be my cynical, realist, adult brain reading the wildly wonderful days of been 17 & thinking the world is your oyster. The 40+ adult in me knows different now.

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  • Maya Connell
  • 10-02-2019

Oh my little heart

Beautiful. Throughly enjoyed this... I’m probably older then the target audience but I saw the trailer for the film (where age is not mentioned) and downloaded the book, I love to see biracial relationships portrayed as I am the product of one!
A beautiful story that had my heart aching...
listens to it in one night and one day .
I thank the universe for this one, and the dark matter holding it together 💜

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  • Ms. C. A. Baddoo
  • 24-01-2019

Really enjoyed it

Beautiful story about a day in the life. well written and the narrators are interesting.

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  • Sophie
  • 17-08-2018

I rate this book

The storyline was unusual but it gave the book a bit more mystery and it wasn't predictable at all. Narrators were great and took on the characters well the ending was imperfectly perfect.