Hey there, beautiful bookworms! This week I’m reading The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon, and if you don’t own it yet for some reason do get it right away because this is so far an awesome, heartwarming book that will make you believe in LOOOOVE and all that stuff and YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO BELIEVE IN LOVE. You can get it on Amazon or Book Depository!
ANYWAY. The Sun Is Also A Star is about Natasha, a girl who believes in science and fact, and is also about to get deported back to Jamaica. It’s also about a boy named Daniel, the second son to a first-generation Korean immigrant couple, who’s entire future is set for him to become a doctor but who loves poetry and believes, wholeheartedly, in love. They meet by a chance encounter and reading about how their relationship develops, as well as the struggles each of them have, is one of the best parts of this book. I’m so excited to be reading it, finally!
Here’s a quote from page 34:
Everything happens for a reason. This is a thing people say. My mom says it a lot. “Things happen for a reason, Tasha.” Usually people say it when something goes wrong, but not too wrong. A nonfatal car accident. A sprained ankle instead of a broken one.
Tellingly, my mom has not said it in reference to our deportation. What reason could there be for this awful thing happening? My dad, whose fault this whole thing is, says, “You can’t always see God’s plan.” I want to tell him that maybe he shouldn’t leave everything up to God and that hoping against hope is not a life strategy, but that would mean I would have to talk to him, and I don’t want to talk to him.
People say these things to make sense of the world. Secretly, in their heart of hearts, almost everyone believes that there’s some meaning, some willfulness to life. Fairness. Basic decency. Good things happen to good people. Bad things only happen to bad people.
No one wants to believe that life is random. My dad says he doesn’t know where my cynicism comes from, but I’m not a cynic. I’m a realist. It’s better to see life as it is, not as you wish it to be. Things don’t happen for a reason. They just happen.
I went a bit beyond page 34 but I really love this part of the book and I couldn’t help it lol!
Would I like to live in the world in this book? Well it’s pretty contemporary and I’ve never been to the US before, but I’m one of those Filipinos who don’t want to live there, I guess? I do want to stay somewhere close to my family in the Philippines, and if I were to move to a Western country it would actually be the UK, because I also have family there. I don’t want to be without family lol!
What’s What Are You Reading Wednesdays?
WAYRW is hosted by It’s A Reading Thing Blog, where you grab the book you’re currently reading and answer 3 questions:
- What’s the name of your current read?
- Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
- Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?
What book are you reading right now, and what’s your favorite line/quote from it? Let me know in the comments below!