Book Review | The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

Title: The Sun Is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Pages: 384 ( approx. 8 hours)

Format: audiobook

Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: November 1, 2016

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?

  • Korean/Black Relationship – Fun fact! I think this is one of the first books I’ve read with a Korean/Black relationship! Pretty cool. If you know a little about Nicola Yoon’s background, she is African American and her husband is actually Korean! Knowing that, it made the relationship a little more enjoyable for me. I love when author’s use their own personal life and what they know from their everyday lives and transform it into a completely different love story. I also believe Nicola Yoon is from Jamaica too! But don’t quote me on that.
  • The Ending – I thought the last 10-ish pages (10 minutes) for me were the best parts of the book. No, it is not just because I wanted it to be over, that’s only a small part. But no really, I loved the ending. I never try and give anything away, but it was a nice, DIFFERENT, way to end things.
  • The Pacing – This book flew by. Yes, I was reading the audiobook, but still! Time flew by and I was seriously shocked the book never really lost its pace.
  • The Cover – I have adored this cover since the first time I saw it and LOVED IT! It is so beautiful and also looks like something I could recreate with yarn… if I had the time or the patience.
  • Insta-love – I knew this was the trope going into it. I get it! It’s one of my most hated tropes. BUT! I was hoping it wouldn’t be a full-blown out relationship, and it would be a book where it’s kind of like… the start of something good? Am I making any sense? Well, if you understand what I’m trying to say, just know that did not happen in this book and I was disappointed.
  • Relationship – The relationship was okay. It wasn’t really anything to fangirl over or like adore or wish I had that or anything. It was just meh, and TBH, there were some parts that the whole making out and the relationship seemed… forced? It was cringey.
  • The Writing – The writing was a little off, especially after reading her first book, it just wasn’t the same. It didn’t pull me in like Everything, Everything did and I just ended up not really caring about the characters.
  • The Voice-Actors – I remembered some of these voice actors, especially who ever voiced Natasha. She was the Death-Cast girl from They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera, and I LOVED her voice in that. So much actually, that whenever Natasha talked, I thought she was telling me someone is dying today. Not a reason why I disliked the book so much, but definitely a reason why it made it very difficult to listen to for me.
  • Got Boring – The beginning started off really promising, but at the 60% point, I had just lost all interest. It got the point where I was just kind of begging for it to be over.

⭐⭐/5

Ehh, no. I wouldn’t. I mean if you don’t mind insta-love and actually love insta-love, then YES. This is for you, but for people like me who hate that trope in books…. no, I wouldn’t recommend. Sorry guys! I wanted to like this, but I just couldn’t. Honestly, most of the book is forgettable except the ending. The ending is really the only part that impacted me in any way whatsoever.


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Animal Farm Book Review

Hello everyone, I hope your enjoying this fine Tuesday. I recently just made a pretty big purchase, not so much in price but more or so big as in how much I needed it. I bought myself a chromebook! Okay, so maybe a little bit more on the pricier side, but still a big necessity. I can link the one I purchased here in case you guys are looking for a decent 2-in-1 computer. It can be used as a computer with working keyboard, but then flipped to become a tablet. I looooove it. My blog and art skills are really going to enjoy it as well. Now that we got that little bit of exciting information, on to the review!

Title: Animal Farm

Author: George Orwell

Genre: Classic, Fiction, Dystopian

Format: audiobook, borrowed from Overdrive

Pages: 144 (approx. 3 hours for audio)

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⭐⭐⭐/5

A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned –a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible. 
When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.

The symbolism in this book is really significant. Basically, this book represent’s the Soviet revolution, but instead of using the Soviet Union and the explanation of tsar’s and just making it a history book that most likely some people would never care to understand, Orwell ‘dumbs it down’ for you by setting it on a farm using farm animals as your main characters. While using animals in a farm setting, it’s extremely political, and shows the concept of how the ruling class works, by taking advantage of the common people. Just the symbolism blew me away, and seeing the connections between people in history like Stalin and Molotov and Rasputin, be made into farm animals and still have their history shared (Napoleon, Squeeler, Old Moses, etc.) Once you really read into the history behind this book, it can be very captivating and interesting.

While I did enjoy the symbolism and seeing the connection between a world where farm animals talk and actual Russian history, I thought this book was just plain out weird. The first thing I want to talk about that I just could NOT get past was the name Snowball for the pig. Snowball is actually supposed to represent Trotsky, but really? Snowball was the name? Every time I heard the name Snowball I just couldn’t help but laugh! I mean come on, there had to be other names. Aside from Snowball, I also couldn’t get over the fact that at the end of the book the pigs were just getting drunk and playing card games. Like, come on. They started off with, oh the pigs get to eat the apples and the other animals can’t to all of a sudden the pigs are getting drunk by drinking alcohol and playing cards and just talking to humans. It just turned away from focusing on animal habits and just went into unrealistic things.

You could argue with me though and say the whole thing is just simply unrealistic, which it is. I just don’t think this was clearly meant for me. I went out of my comfort zone reading it, and I am proud for finishing it, but it just got way too freaky for me to handle. After this post, I do not want to ever have to think about Snowball the pig ever again.

Have you guys read this classic? Do you agree Snowball is an absolute ridiculous name?