Do you ever get so excited to read a book and then like 5 pages in you want to set said book on fire? That was me with The Sun is Also a Star. Natasha and Daniel were so annoying. I was ready to throw this book 234326 times. I would just like to remind that just because a book is diverse, doesn’t mean it’s good.
“I don’t believe in love.”
“It’s not a religion,” he says. “It exists whether you believe in it or not.”
Let’s talk about Daniel. Daniel sees Natasha have a moment in the street, and decides go follow her. Before this, he’s on a train that gets stopped by an evangelical conductor talking about finding God. Daniel’s all ain’t nobody got time for that and then .5 seconds later is like the universe can control my life today and attempts to find God in New York City. The first church he comes across is closed, so naturally he gives up and sits down. Then he sees Natasha who’s bookbag happens to have “God is the Machine” written on it in French, an afro, and massive headphones. So he follows her into a record store called “Second Coming Records” and is like yup, God is talking to me.
So then there is Natasha’s shitty ex and his girlfriend stealing records while making out and Natasha makes a comment about how nasty it is, so Daniel gets all knight in shining armor and is all “YOU ARE STEALING THAT IS ILLEGAL” because he learns that Rob cheated on Natasha. Right after they leave Natasha is like “bye” BUT DANIEL IS LIKE “NO SHE’S THE LOVE OF MY LIFE I HAVE TO FOLLOW HER” and continues to stalk Natasha. Does he stop her from getting hit by a car? Yeah. Is he still a creep? Definitely. Because after he saves her there is a whole paragraph about how hot she thinks he is. Oh, and how horny he is. And when she confronts him about following her, he asks her out for food.
He is also a complete dick to her. Because heaven forbid she doesn’t have a Jamaican accent, or can’t swim even though she lived on an island. Daniel also keeps pressing her about where she’s going despite the fact that she clearly doesn’t want to tell him. This is all in the first 150 pages, mind you. This whole time Daniel has pretty much been planning their future together. Like, actually talking about naming their children. It’s creepy. He is literally trying to make her test out a study with him to make her fall in love with him. I’m going to stop here because if I keep complaining about Daniel, this review will never end.
“Observable Fact: I don’t believe in magic. Observable Fact: We are magic.”
Now, Natasha isn’t completely innocent either. At the beginning of the book she monologues about how she doesn’t believe in love and lists the things that attribute to feeling in love, but after an hour of being around Daniel she’s like, there’s something between us, something big and I’m like ?????. She claims to be a nihilist, yet she’s obsessed with Daniel and his magic ponytail. Like, it’s literally just a ponytail. And she is completely self-centered. The lawyer she was supposed to meet got into a car accident and she flipped out because she had an appointment.
“Stars are important,” I say, laughing.
“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.”
This book was completely filled to the brim with shitty stereotypes and tropes. Like, the summary does tell you that she ends up falling in love with him, but you think it would take a while instead of 15 pages in. Daniel’s older brother is a failure so of course he’s gotta step up to the plate. Daniel’s dad wouldn’t approve of him dating a black girl. Daniel’s mom has the most stereotypical Korean accent. The dialogue was coated in so much sugar I thought I was going to get diabetes.
“I kiss him to get him to stop talking. If he keeps talking I will love him, and I don’t want to love him. I really don’t. As strategies go, it’s not my finest. Kissing is just another way of talking except without the words.”
I absolutely hated the multiple point of views. Half of this book is random POVs of random people that pass through. They don’t contribute anything to the story. I also feel like Natasha and her family being deported was just something to move the plot along.
After living in the US for half of her life, you would think that Natasha would be more upset of leaving the only place she calls home, instead of being obsessed with a Korean boy and his stupid ponytail. Daniel literally has an interview for Yale. Fucking YALE. And he reschedules it and just doesn’t want to go because Natasha is the love of his life and he needs her. There are multiple sentences of Daniel talking about her legs, it’s disgusting.
“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.”
This book is absolutely ridiculous and unbelievable. The characters were both 17, yet talked like they were 30. I’ve read enough of this in John Green books. Please read books by actual illegal immigrants.
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