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The Sun is Also a Star

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The Sun is Also a Star


This book was on the top 20 books in 2016 recommended by the editor of Amazon. According to the brief introduction in the post, this book is about a love story. Generally, love stories don't deserve that much applaud as even though love has always been considered an eternal topic, love is too universal to inspire or to enlighten people on different levels like some great books dealing with more serious topics do.


I know normally this sort of books isn't all that nutritious to one's mind. But somehow I enjoyed reading it thoroughly. Probably because in the past few months I have been mainly reading sad books. This light love story therefore gave me a quite different taste of reading. It feels like the gentle breeze after the long and  freezing winter. It brings back everything alive again. It feels that amazing.


Daniel is the first generation of immigrants from South Korea. He has a older brother called Charlie. His family runs a hair products salon. Charlie had always been the outstanding son in the family being good at pretty much everything. While Daniel was pretty good at studying as well, he had been overshadowed by his brother's glory. Therefore he had been the second best son in this family until recently. Not long ago, Charlie was asked to withdraw from Harvard-the best university in his parents' view due to his poor academic performance. So this turned Daniel into the favorite son. But he didn't seem to care that much.


Natasha is the daughter of an illegal immigrant from Jamaica. Her father went to America on a traveling visa to pursue his dream of becoming a great star in Broadway. But time passed and her parents gave birth to the second child in The United States and now her younger brother is around 10. Still, nothing big or small had happened to her father's dream. It hadn't  blossomed not even for an instant. Her mother all this while had to work several part-time jobs to make ends meet in the family and had been really sick of her father talking about chasing after the dream all day instead of being practical and getting a job to make some money. Without yielding anything, Natasha's father spit all of his family's background out to the police when he got drunk one day. They were deported and had to leave America like today.


On this magical day, Daniel was on his way to his family's store and when on the street, he noticed this black girl (Natasha)  wearing big headphone with loud color. Natasha was apparently lost in her music and was almost dancing to the music in her headphone. Once she realized the attention cast on her, she continued walking. That was when Daniel recognized the words written on her jacket. Out of curiosity, Daniel decided to follow her even though the very idea sounded extremely crazy as Daniel has never wanted himself labeled as someone stalky.


Soon, Natasha walked into a record store for which she has always had a soft spot. Totally unexpectedly, she ran into something that she would rather die in order to avoid. Her ex-boyfriend who cheated on her was making out in a corner of the store and his new girlfriend was even trying to steal some records from the store. When the anger was built in Natasha's mind, she was sort of shocked by Daniel who suddenly said "Something should be done to stop their shameless behavior." This offered a perfect chance to talk with each other for the first time.


Walking out of the store. Natasha waved goodbye and headed towards her destination-an immigration worker's place. Out of pure coincidence, Daniel found they were actually heading to the same direction. Soon, he was standing behind her to wait for the traffic light. At this very moment, a BMW driver ran a red light and almost hit Natasha as she wasn't paying attention. But Daniel grabbed her to step backward and avoided that. This gave them more chance to communicate.


To return Daniel's favor, Natasha accepted his offer of having coffee together. While sitting in the cafe, Natasha got to know that Daniel was going to have his life-changing interview soon- an interview with a Yale alum. She also found out that Daniel in the heart was a poet who constantly used poet language. But he was going to study medicine and became a doctor as this is what his parents wanted for him. Natasha believed being practical was good and he should stick with that as being a poet may make his life end up like her father's.


Natasha claimed that she would like to be a data scientist as that job is all about certainty and proof and she has been sick of uncertainty and don't want to live in the unknown. But deep down in her heart, she actually didn't know where her passion was lying.


While talking, Daniel found that he was falling in love with this girl uncontrollably. He didn't want to miss more time with her. But he had to deliver the slips to his father. So he invited him to come with him. They had a little drama in his father's place as Daniel's father was a racist and Charlie was a jerk. But it brought them closer. Then Daniel decided to treat her to great Korean food and they spent some time in the Karaoke bar. After that, Natasha told Daniel that he shouldn't love her and there wasn't the thing called meant- to- be between them. Daniel was persistent and wanted a more convincing reason as he apparently felt it. That was when Natasha told him that she was being deported. Following that was a big fight.


Both of them said something they wish they didn't. Natasha next moved to have her interview with the lawyer and was told that she should able to stay. Hearing this, she was over the moon and wanted to share this with Daniel. So she went to his family's store again and got his phone number. They met again and was more in love.


Soon Daniel have to leave to have his interview and unexpectedly found that his interviewer was the same person who promised to help Natasha stay in the United States. During the interview, Daniel found out that Natasha's lawyer failed her and she still had to leave. She was devastated about everything.


Daniel accompanied her back to her poor apartment and helped her pack everything and seed her off at the airport. Even though they promised countless texts, emails and video chats. They soon moved onto their own lives and drifted apart from each other.


But years later, they met again on a airplane, a happily-ever-after like in a fairy tale.


It takes countless magnificent coincidences to form the universe; it requires multitudes of coincidences to form a couple. Isnt just amazing that we are born into this world? Isnt it even more amazing that we know all these people around us? Even just for these, we have beat many small possibilities.


Ps: I know the story sounds really cliche like the TV drama shown at peak time of TV viewing. It just doesn't sound realistic to meet someone and hopelessly fall in love with him/her in a day. I read just to kill time anyway.

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Reply Report seneca 2017-5-12 12:25
Exhaustive review but I beg to differ over your evaulation of romantic literaturew.

I think love is the most mysterious sciewnce and should be studied by everyone. It is more crucial to all of us than is nuclear physics.
Reply Report seneca 2017-5-12 15:17
Why "vaiidation failed"???

Again: interesting recap and review of a love story. I do disagree with your belief that love stories are simple. They are more serious than nuclear physics.
Reply Report Min1989 2017-5-12 19:39
seneca: Why "vaiidation failed"???

Again: interesting recap and review of a love story. I do disagree with your belief that love stories are simple ...
Thank you for your comment. I don't know why it failed either. I suppose it just happens sometimes. I don't disagree with you regarding what you have said about love. I reckon I need to experience more about romantic love to have a better understanding of this. By the way, I love your metaphor.
Reply Report seneca 2017-5-12 19:44
Have you ever read serious love stories? Madame Bovary, for example? Rouge et noir? Or "Love: A Many-Splendoured Thing" by Han Suyin? Suzie Wong also is a fantastic flight of fancy as well as highly educational piece of fiction.
Reply Report Min1989 2017-5-15 10:54
seneca: Have you ever read serious love stories? Madame Bovary, for example? Rouge et noir? Or "Love: A Many-Splendoured Thing" by Han Suyin? Suzie  ...
Thank you for the recommendation. I will go and check those books
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-5-17 18:27
seneca: Have you ever read serious love stories? Madame Bovary, for example? Rouge et noir? Or "Love: A Many-Splendoured Thing" by Han Suyin? Suzie  ...
Reply Report seneca 2017-5-17 19:53
HailChina!: Gay.
I think rain and snow have invaded your attic and rendered it kaput.
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-5-17 20:00
seneca: I think rain and snow have invaded your attic and rendered it kaput.
I think you are gay. Why would you read such gay nonsense?
Reply Report seneca 2017-5-17 20:13
You have clearly not read much literature and obviously are unfamiliar with great French novels.
Reply Report SEARU 2017-5-23 11:12
seneca: You have clearly not read much literature and obviously are unfamiliar with great French novels.
I wonder how many books you have read?
You are great scholar!
Reply Report seneca 2017-5-23 11:41
Thank you for the compliment, my friend. I do not know how many books I have read but I do know that not a day passes with me not at least browsing in some. What is more important, though, is whether any of these books have left a permanent memory. Luckily I can say that some books have done so.
Reply Report Liononthehunt 2017-6-19 10:15
I don't think studying love by reading love stories would bear much of a fruit either. Scientists usually dismissed it as a humanist approach, while scientific ways of seeing love emphasize on robust empirical analyses that are based on hard facts. Additionally, a myriad of experiments are also involved in scientific studies of love, of which the results have to stand peer-reviews who might replicate the experiments to verify the validity of the results.

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