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The Sun is Also a Star by Nikola Yoon. 349 p. Delacorte Press/ Random House Children's Books, November 1, 2016. 9780553496680.
Publisher synopsis: 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.
First Line(s): since this is a dual-narrative, here are the first lines from both Daniel and Natasha (and the prologue).
Prologue: Carl Sagan said that if you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
Daniel: Local Teen Accepts Destiny, Agrees to Become Doctor, Stereotype
It's Charlies fault that my summer (and now fall) has been one absurd headline after another.
Natasha: My mom says it's time for me to give up now, and that what I'm doing is futile. She's upset, so her accent is thicker than usual, and every statement is a question.
Page 56: Would-Be Casanova Shakes Cute Girl's Hand, Offers Her Home Loan with Reasonable Interest Rate
I shook her hand. I'm wearing a suit and a tie and I shook her hand.
What am I? A banker?
Who meets a cute girl and shakes her hand?
Charlie would've said something charming to her. They'd be having a cozy coffee someplace dark and romantic. She'd already be dreaming of little half-Korean, half-African American babies.
While I enjoyed Ms. Yoon's debut, Everything, Everything, I am absolutely in love with this smart, funny romance and am not rushing to finish it.