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Yoon, Nicola.
New York : Delacorte, 2016

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

“Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?” So says “The Universe” in Nicola Yoon’s extraordinary and beautiful novel The Sun is Also a Star. The adventure begins when Daniel and Natasha, two teens struggling with their own individual issues, accidentally meet one day in New York City. Daniel and Natasha tell the story of this encounter through alternating chapters and eventually come to realize they are falling in love. Find out what happens in this engaging and romantic book that will have you reading late into the night!
(Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award 2017-2018)

Booktalk #2

Natasha is looking for answers all over New York City.  Her father has been arrested for drunk driving, exposing her family who has been living in the United States as undocumented immigrants for the past decade.  On her search for answers, she meets Daniel who is on his way to interview for acceptance at Yale.  Daniel’s parents emigrated from South Korea and have high hopes for him to become a doctor.  As the day winds down and the universe intervenes, Daniel and Natasha find themselves falling in love.  Will the unlikely couple be able to make it past today? (Oklahoma High School Sequoyah Award, 2018)

Booktalk #3

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?  (New Hampshire Flume Teen Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:    Fate and fatalism -- Fiction.
                        New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
                        Romance fiction.
                        Teenagers -- Fiction.

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