Contemporary · YA

The Sun is Also a Star: Liberty Cocktail

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One of the things I love most about reading is the opportunity to better understand someone else’s point of view. Especially in first person narrative, the reader can get inside the main character’s head, immersed in their thought process. Nicola Yoon expertly gives us this insight with nearly all of the characters in the book. Certainly, our main characters Natasha and Daniel get the most “page time,” but a lot of other, seemingly minor characters, get the chance to tell their story too.

Most of this story is told in the course of one day. Two New York City teens meet by chance and discover that they have a lot in common, dealing with pressures of college decisions, parental relationships, cultural barriers and of course, some romantic feelings. Natasha, an undocumented immigrant who is in jeopardy of being deported, spends the day pleading her case to remain in the United States, the only country she’s ever called home. Daniel, a poet and a first-generation American who is under pressure to gain the approval of his Korean parents, spends the day trying to discover who he is and where he wants his future to take him.

As the day continues, we see how seemingly unimportant details in Natasha and Daniel’s stories, have incredibly important effects on the lives of others. And how seemingly simple actions or inactions by other characters, have life-altering effects on Natasha and Daniel. By giving even brief moments of first-person narrative to these minor characters, Yoon reminds us that there two, three, or even four sides to every story – and how things change when we just take the time to listen.

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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?

“Sometimes your world shakes so hard, it’s difficult to imagine that everyone else isn’t feeling it too.”
― Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star

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Liberty Cocktail

  • 1 ounce apple brandy
  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1 sugar cube
  • A lime wedge (or 0.5 ounces lime juice)

Place sugar and lime in the bottom of a lowball glass. (I ran out of fresh limes, so I used lime juice.) Add ice and pour in liquor. 

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