The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star

by

Nicola Yoon

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Peter Character Analysis

Peter is Natasha's nine-year-old brother and Samuel and Patricia’s son. He's shy and doesn't feel fully at home in the US. He's thrilled to move to Jamaica, even though he's the only American citizen of the Kingsley family. After moving to Jamaica, Peter truly finds himself and a sense of community he never dreamed was possible.
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Peter Character Timeline in The Sun is Also a Star

The timeline below shows where the character Peter appears in The Sun is Also a Star. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...her that it's time to give up. Her dad, Samuel, just frowns and says nothing. Peter, Natasha’s nine-year-old brother is the only happy one: he blasts Bob Marley as he packs,... (full context)
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Natasha believes Patricia is right, but she grabs her headphones and her physics textbook anyway. Peter reminds her that since they're leaving, she'll never have to turn in her homework. Natasha... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...her not long after she moved to the US. He bought gifts for Natasha and Peter on layaway, even though he couldn't afford them. Natasha thinks she didn't care why he... (full context)
Chapter 40
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...desire to hold onto hope. She remembers overhearing her parents fighting a few weeks ago. Peter hadn't wanted to know what she overheard. She thought he was silly at first, but... (full context)
Chapter 83
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...she and Samuel used to be inseparably close. They were the dreamers, while Patricia and Peter were the "non-dreamers." Natasha listened to her dad talk long after her mom and Peter... (full context)
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...a blessing that would allow him to pursue acting, but he seldom auditioned. One afternoon, Peter and Natasha arrived home from school to find him in the living room, reciting lines... (full context)
Chapter 84
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...He's afraid that her world is now bigger than him. One night, after Natasha and Peter were asleep, he'd flipped through her math book. The strange symbols filled him with dread.... (full context)
Chapter 87
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Samuel had to buy three tickets for Natasha, Peter, and Patricia to come to the play. He bought Chinese takeout, and they ate at... (full context)
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...to the bathroom and slammed the door. Later, she refused to go to the show. Peter and Natasha sat in the front row, and Natasha wished that she could say her... (full context)
Chapter 89
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...life. After the show, the actors took their bows and the audience began to leave. Peter and Natasha waited for a half hour, at which point their dad walked back onstage.... (full context)
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When Samuel finally spoke, he didn't sound Jamaican at all and sent Natasha and Peter home. Afterwards, he drank with fellow actors. He drank too much, got behind the wheel,... (full context)
Chapter 90
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...dreams instead of his own. He says that if it weren't for Patricia, Natasha, and Peter, he'd have everything he ever wanted. Samuel declares he regrets the day he walked into... (full context)
Chapter 91
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Attorney Fitzgerald confirms that Peter is a US citizen, and Natasha continues her story. Her parents thought Peter could save... (full context)
Chapter 122
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...he'd already know some strategies for dealing with her family. When she opens the door, Peter is playing reggae. Patricia yells at Peter to turn off the music, and it takes... (full context)
Chapter 123
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...him. Daniel looks around the living room and realizes that it's Natasha's bedroom as well. Peter introduces himself with a huge smile as Patricia tries to get Natasha to go to... (full context)
Chapter 124
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...be an actor and treat Patricia better. By now everyone is crying. Natasha's parents pull Peter into a hug and motion for Natasha to join them, but she hugs Daniel first. (full context)
Chapter 125
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Peter and Natasha's parents go ahead to the airport, and Daniel and Natasha take a cab... (full context)
Chapter 129
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...Patricia gets sick and dies. Natasha considers calling Daniel, but thinks it's been too long. Peter thrives in Jamaica, and years later, he'll name his daughter after his mother. Samuel acts... (full context)