The Sun is Also a Star (And it Shines)

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I picked up this audiobook from the public library and I am really glad that I did.

This is one of those stories that might be best presented in audio form. It has also been made into a movie and I am interested in watching it, but I doubt it can live up to this excellent audio book.

One of the reasons this book shines is because of the duel narrators. It is a boy-meets-girl story that flips back and forth between their perspectives. The boy is a Korean trying to live up to his parents expectations. On his way to a university admissions interview, he meets Natasha. She captivates him from the start and I think she will captivate you as well.

It was hard not to fall in love with her as I listened to her describe and narrate her part of the story. The voice acting was absolutely brilliant in this audio book. Also, since the perspective changes often, it’s easy to know who the speaker is at any given time. I love when audiobooks are presented this way.

The title is a bit misleading. This isn’t science fiction and has nothing to do with space. It has to do with poetry. Natasha questions why so much poetic imagery is revolved around the stars.

When Daniel tells her, “Stars are important,” she replies . . .

“Sure, but why not more poems about the sun? The sun is also a star, and it’s our most important one. That alone should be worth a poem or two.”

I enjoyed every minute of this story. The banter between the characters was perfect. It’s a modern “When Harry Met Sally” tale for a new generation. Funny, touching, beautiful, and poetic.

My List of 2019 Reads