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The Sun is Also a Star Book Review

The cover of The Sun is Also a Star

The cover of The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star (2016)

Author: Nicola Yoon

 

Synopsis: Natasha Kingsley is a Jamaican teenager who is about to get deported in less than 24 hours. As Natasha spends the day trying to get her family to stay in New York, she runs into Daniel Bae. Daniel is heading for an interview with Yale until his encounter with Natasha throws his day for a spin. Natasha and Daniel go on adventures around the city together, wasting the hours before Natasha may get deported.

 

What’s Hot

As Nicola Yoon’s first novel, Everything, Everything, turned out to be a popular hit that many enjoyed, Yoon succeeded herself with her second novel, The Sun is Also a Star. When the chapters changed, the narrator did, as well. This gave the reader different perspectives, not only from the main characters, but also from minor characters. The novel also hit the heart of many teenagers or adults that love a good romance. The differences between the two main characters’ beliefs, lives, and personalities made the novel’s love story more interesting and easy to get caught up in.

 

What’s Not

When reading through this novel, some might cringe or groan about all the cliche moments, which happen to make the book more unrealistic. There are also many coincidences that are, although cute to some people, can be repetitive and impractical. Another thing to note is that all of the moments the two main characters share and that bring the two together occur within the span of one day which is unique, but can also add another unrealistic factor onto the novel.  

 

Bottom Line

The Sun is Also a Star is an easy-going, romantic book that contains many unique factors that other novels lack. It is above satisfactory and I would definitely recommend this to others.   

 

Grade

A-

 

Happy Death Day Movie Review

Happy Death Day (2017)

Cast: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, Rachel Matthews, and Laura Clifton

Director: Christopher B. Landon

Synopsis:  Jessica Rothe stars as a typical college sorority girl named Tree Gelbman. On the day of her birthday she wakes up and goes about her day not knowing it will be the day she is murdered. The thing is she keeps reliving this day until she can find out who her murderer is and stop them.

What’s Hot

Christopher Landon brings a mystery/thriller to the big-screen. The film served as great entertainment. It was very motivating watching Tree adapt, take charge, and confront her situation, proving to be one of the movie’s highlights. The fact that Tree’s life isn’t bounded by the usual laws of time and physics prevents Happy Death Day from generating much suspense. It had a great theme and the acting were satisfactory.

What’s Not

If you’re not a fan of scary things that will haunt you, Happy Death Day some parts of the movie were very predictable making it less on the scary side. Which was disappointing because the previews portrayed the movie to be very terrifying.

Bottom Line

The movie was more of a comedy and a chick-flick, with some horror mixed in. It was very good and definitely worth a few hours of your time.

Grade

A-

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