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The Sun is Also a Star: Introduction
The Sun is Also a Star: Plot Summary
The Sun is Also a Star: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Sun is Also a Star: Themes
The Sun is Also a Star: Quotes
The Sun is Also a Star: Characters
The Sun is Also a Star: Symbols
The Sun is Also a Star: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Nicola Yoon
Historical Context of The Sun is Also a Star
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- Full Title: The Sun Is Also a Star
- When Written: 2015
- Where Written: Los Angeles, California
- When Published: 2016
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Young Adult Romance
- Setting: New York City, post-2015
- Climax: Daniel admits he doesn't want to go to Yale, and Natasha discovers her family will be deported.
- Antagonist: Both Natasha and Daniel's fathers are antagonist figures, and the reader understands that the attorney Jeremy Fitzgerald is an antagonist as well. In a more overarching sense, all the characters battle hopelessness and loneliness, as well as racism, poverty, and the US immigration system.
- Point of View: First person and third-person omniscient
Extra Credit for The Sun is Also a Star
Political Poetry. Daniel's made-up dream job of being an "official poet" to world rulers isn't as far-fetched as Natasha thinks, and a number of similar jobs have existed throughout world history. Persian rulers often kept poets at their courts to write poems of praise or to record events in verse, and the poets were sometimes considered friends and companions of the rulers they served. Shakespeare's plays also served political purposes, while characters such as the fool in King Lear (and real-life "fools" and minstrels) were often poetically inclined entertainers.
Love and Science. The lead researchers and designers of the 36 questions, Arthur Aron and Elaine Aron, married in the late 1960s and have been married since. Arthur Aron's relationship and the lack of scientific study about love and relationships in the late 1960s inspired his life's work and eventually, his famous study.