Book 38 is from an author that I have already read this year, Nicola Yoon. The book is her newest called The Sun is Also a Star. The one thing that I have noticed with this author is she doesn’t give you the ending that you really want, she gives you something a little more realistic and also kind of sad and happy at the same time. So on to my thoughts and feelings on this book. Please know that there are some spoilers ahead.
First, I love that the main characters are both from immigrants that came to America. Natasha is an undocumented immigrant from Jamaica who came to America when she was a young kid, she only knows America but unfortunately she is about to be kicked out. Now I know this is an issue in America today and you will find different opinions when you talk to a different person but I love the perspective this book gives. A girl who wasn’t born in America but has only known it as her home; now she has to go back to the place she was born. Daniel is a first generation immigrant; both his parents came to America legally from South Korea. He is now feeling pressure of his family. He is feeling the pressure of being a blend of Korea and America. He has such a sweet look at the world, which helps to make Natasha fall in love with him in their one day together. That’s right, this book is all in one day and Natasha and Daniel only really gets one day together.
Natasha is being deported back to Jamaica, as stated before, and today is the last day for her to fight. She leaves that night on an airplane if she can’t find a way to stay in America. She meets Daniel on her way to an appointment with a lawyer who is supposed to be the best immigration lawyer in New York City (That is said with sarcasm because of what happens in the story). Daniel has an interview that will determine his future, whether it is to become a doctor like his parents want or it is his own course. Daniel knows immediately that there is a connection with Natasha and he uses the time between their appointments and a series of questions from a questioner to get her to see the connection.
Now the beginning of this book was kind of depressing for me. You see the characters interact with some people and all of them were depressed on their way to killing themselves, or so it seemed. Left the book a little harder for me to get into because I have already be listening to another book that is seriously depressing (yep, I have an audiobook and I read. I fell like this helps me with my reading challenge, plus I am driving a lot lately to go see my husband). I will admit, didn’t think I could be so emotionally drained from listening to an audiobook and trying to read a book at the same time. As the book progresses, you kind of see all the stages of a relationship in a matter of hours. It’s cute and a little nauseating (get’s a little cutesy for me) and a little uplifting as Natasha sees hope in her situation. Daniel and Natasha have their first fight and make up and see their future together. But life doesn’t work that way and the other shoe drops. The immigration lawyer messes up and costs Natasha her ticket to stay. It’s a little depressing but I was more mad than anything. I will not judge him for falling in love with his paralegal even though he is married with 2 young kids. But to tell someone that you are doing to do something but then blow it off to finally cheat on your wife with you paralegal, I am sorry but that I will judge. Though Natasha never finds out that is why her last effort doesn’t work, the author tells the readers, to show (I think) that anything could happen and one small decision can have horrible repercussions.
There is one line in this book that really got me. Daniel is constantly saying that him and Natasha are meant to be. In the end, Natasha believes him but she says one think. “Just because it is meant to be doesn’t mean that it is forever” or something like that (That’s not a direct quote). This is really deep and can help people when it seems the good things in their life are not there for long. Love and lost. It’s sad but somehow really true.
Now the book was really good and a quick read once you sit down and give it time. It’s not my cup of tea since I don’t really like realistic fiction as I like to read books to escape reality but it was a good book. There is just one question I have because of this book. Is it true that a good portion of African American hair care stores are owned by Koreans? Or was it just a plot device for the book? See you next book.
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