The Sun Is Also a Star

Nicola Yoon, read by Bahni Turpin and Raymond Lee, with Dominic Hoffman. Listening Library, , unabridged, 7 CDs, 8 hrs., $40 ISBN 978-1-5247-2138-1
Natasha is 17 and an undocumented immigrant from Jamaica who came to the U.S. as a young child. Her family is to be deported at midnight, but she makes a desperate, last-chance effort to talk to an immigration lawyer in Manhattan. Daniel is a Korean-American whose parents insist he go to Yale and become a doctor even though he loves writing poetry and wants the freedom to figure out his own life path. He is unenthusiastically heading to Manhattan for his Yale interview. When the two meet by chance, they end up having a day full of deep conversations. Turpin and Lee both give award-worthy performances. Both completely inhabit their roles in an absolutely natural and authentic way: we feel that Natasha and Daniel are talking to us directly in their own unique voices, sharing their personal stories, feelings, and frustrations in alternating chapters. Both readers are deft with accents, too, whether it’s the Korean accents of Daniel’s parents or the Jamaican dialect of Natasha’s. The voices of the characters will ring in listeners’ minds long after the book is completed. Ages 12–up. A Delacorte hardcover. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 12/05/2016
Release date: 11/01/2016
Genre: Audio
Library Binding - 384 pages - 978-0-553-49669-7
Hardcover - 384 pages - 978-0-553-49668-0
Hardcover - 384 pages - 978-0-385-68368-5
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-5094-2647-8
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