Both the dust jacket and naked cover are gorgeous. I like the way the chapters are broken up with fact pages and deeper accounts from side characters as well as individual perspectives from the main characters. It gives the story a sense that everyone matters, but at the same time shows that the world doesn’t revolve around the two main character’s lusty romance. Everything is so scientifically poetic and is basically nerd heaven. It’s normal. They are like normal kids who sniff hair & fall in lust & have crazy families + immigration issues.
Dark matter + love (the analogies and all of the sciency explanations made my nerd heart happy).
The Sun is Also a Star was a great inside look into what it means to be an immigrant and to have to live with your parent’s mistake. Daniel and Natasha’s simple love story and the fact that sometimes “meant to be” doesn’t mean forever was cute (if a bit unrealistic). Things don’t always work out perfectly, but life isn’t perfect. Sometimes life is a string of imperfect perfections that come together and save lives. Sometimes people save lives in the most mundane of ways.
Even though it was a cute story, I felt like there were so many coincidences that just happened to work out and they seemed to both be willing to throw away everything for a person they had only just met. Sure, they both didn’t feel they had much to lose because they didn’t like the lives their parents were forcing upon them, but still… The suspension of disbelief boundaries were pushed.
- Daniel is a poet. His parents want him to be a doctor who goes to the best school (or second best) and follows the American dream. To them, happiness comes from money and as long as he has the opportunities his father didn’t, he can be a rich doctor who will be happy. Daniel is quick witted, and funny and was so extremely wonderful!
- Natasha is an immigrant from Jamaica, but her family is in America illegally. Her parents also have problems and her father is extremely selfish. She is afraid to dream and be passionate because what she has seen of her father’s dreams and passion has only led to heartbreak and destruction. I love all of her “Observable Facts” and how eventually Daniel makes her want to be passionate and illogical. She begins to believe the scientifically impossible.
- Daniel & Natasha balance each other out in an against-all-odds OTP phenomenon. They are the perfect opposite nerdy couple and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. To quote my notes: “SO CUTE OTP OHMYGOSH I LOVE HOW THEY ARE BOTH NERDY IN DIFFERenT WAYS LOVEloveLOVE” Daniel’s quest to make Natasha fall in love with her, and her purely scientific scoffing was so entertaining and was a whirlpool I could not escape from. Cynicism + Optimism = love that makes each other better. LITERALLY saying ahhhhh
- Everyone and everything are more than they seem.
- Immigration & the fears that come along with it
- There are so many different histories and cultures. People may believe they understand someone and they may believe they understand their culture, but everyone experiences different things and have different histories.
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?
“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. Maybe you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.” (74)
“We have big, beautiful brains. We invent things that fly. Fly. We write poetry. You probably hate poetry, but it’s hard to argue with ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate’ in terms of sheer beauty. We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.” (101)
“Maybe part of falling in love with someone else is also falling in love with yourself.” (150)