The Sun is also a Star

By: Nicola Yoon

This One!



Worthy questions that can arise from this novel.

Poetry. As an outlet for personal expression.
Music. Kurt Cobain (p7). Bob Marley. Record store.
Theatre. A Raisin in the Sun. Montego Bay and Manhattan.
Astrology. Museum Hall of Meteorites featuring “Jewels from Space, Building Planets, and Origins of the Solar System”. Ahnighito, 34 tons of iron, the largest on display in any museum, is a section of the Cape New York Meteor.
Jamaica. Located in the Caribbean Sea (p 310). Ierie, “An Etymological history” Describing Christian, Islam, and Judaism as Abrahamic religions, and Rastafarian-ism as an offshoot invented in 1930 by Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-74). Meaning you are all right between you and your god. Politics / crime rate.
Politics of hair care product. Immigration. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (p 5). Lawyer. Paralegal.
South Korea. Hyung, an older brother’s title (p 12, 13). Aigo (p 27) Nurobang similar to karaoke. Cuisine with egg drop soup.


This novel is a breeze to read through because it was well paced and keeps the reader’s interest. I came across The Sun is Also a Star because my cousin (in High/Grade School) borrowed it from a teacher (Arkansas). It is very fitting for readers of this age group in subject matter, language, and attention keeping.


This hopeful romance includes well developed characters, specific and real locations- New York, Manhattan is the setting of most of the events that take place during the time-line of the story presented. This book invites the reader to imagine that the world is indeed a big place with many peoples with their own cultures and histories while keeping the main setting of events in a known familiar place (especially to Americans).

Character Development

The characters themselves are not only well developed, but also their families, and origins. To these main characters, family is important. They are relatable because imperfect relationships are portrayed, without the abandonment of the desire to make their parents proud. Each character is not portrayed as if they have only each other to cling to, they have their brothers not far from their minds or hearts. These characters seem more real because these familial backgrounds were addressed. These people do not seem to be only in existence for the moment, as many of us non-fiction characters have a difficult time achieving anyways.

Relationships and appreciation is a theme throughout this book. There is a section describing how two brothers were named, the reason was so that they would know that they are both Korean and American. “So they would know where they were from. So they would know where they were going.” This is an especially meaningful topic for young adults to ponder, as if anyone could be stopped. The Phaedrus by Plato explores this idea as a succinct, and rhetorically dense story.

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To the Author

Thank you, Nicola Yoon, for creating and sharing this pleasant story and transporting your readers outside of their own heads for a bit.