Saturday, February 17, 2018

Title: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon Review by Snigda Gupta

Title: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon  Review by Snigda Gupta

Genre: Realistic Fiction/Romance
The book has two main characters, Daniel and Natasha. Yoon focuses mainly on these two characters alternating chapters with their points of views. However, she will sometimes add in the viewpoint of a seemingly insignificant character at random points in the story. Nicola Yoon spins the web of their short love story, that is destined to last no more than a few hours in a single day.

Daniel: The youngest son out of two, he is pretty introverted. Daniel is Korean and feels a great amount of pressure from his stereotypical Asian parents. Being forced to go to Harvard, becoming a doctor, and only dating Korean girls are only some of the limits Daniel’s parents have placed upon him. And today, he’s on his way to his Harvard interview.

Natasha: She is the older sister of a “non-dreamer” brother. Natasha has already faced many disappointments in her life, and her father is one of the biggest ones. And today, she must fix his biggest mistake, driving drunk, and forcing her family to deport back to Jamaica. The poor girl is devastated as she travels on her journey to find someone who will help them stay in the US before she has to leave. Little did these two, very different people know that their paths would cross on the most important day of both their lives. Daniel falls for Natasha suddenly and hopelessly, while Natasha is the true cynic of all dreams and love.

My Thoughts: I thought this book was a great example of so many issues presented to us in society today. Deportation, racism, parent pressures, depression, suicide, failing marriages and stereotypes are only few of the causes of stress in today’s diverse community. This love story shows how there are ways to get around and even help others with a simple “thank you”, or “I love you”. Overall, I thought it was a very beautiful and eloquent of presenting all the problems in today’s world, and the book even presents a few simple solutions.

Rating: 4.5/5

Book Review of Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby By Ravjit Kaur

Book Review of Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby By Ravjit Kaur 


If you like fantasy, adventure, and a little bit of romance, then this is the book for you! Emma Jones has her future all planned out. She’s going to become a dragon-slayer, just like her mother, and spend her life tracking and hunting them. Her affinity for killing dragons presented itself early on, so she knows Principal Kessler will be giving her the single dragon-slayer designation. That is, until Curtis Green walks out of the principal’s office with Emma’s assignment, and she gets assigned fairies. Now, she’s spending her days at the mall trying to capture the small, annoying creatures, while Curtis is out slaying dragons. Then, they get paired together for an assignment, and she has to show him how to hunt things that she herself doesn’t even know how to hunt. One day, when on assignment, she sees a dark, evil figure lurking on the grounds of Buttonwood, her school. After a brief interaction with it, which leaves her with some scrapes and bruises and the realization that only she can see it, she and Curtis set out on a mission to find out what it is, and bring it down before it hurts anyone else. With the help of her friends, the annoying fairies, her family, and her mother’s old books, Emma sets out to track this thing down. With some shocking twists and turns along the way, and some crazy new revelations, will she be able to get rid of this creature once and for all? Or will she fail like her mother, and lose all the people she loves as a result? Read the book to find out! I really liked the plot of this books, and the small details really added to the story and brought it all together. It is very exciting to read, and has lots of plot twists that keep you on your feet! Rating: 7.5/10

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