The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star

by

Nicola Yoon

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Rob was Natasha's boyfriend in high school; they dated for eight months and four days. They began dating after Natasha helped him in their AP Physics class, and Natasha generally liked dating him. He cheated on her with a blonde girl named Kelly. In the present, Natasha finds that his qualities she once found charming—specifically, his smile and his ability to convince his partner of his virtues—now seem stupid and shallow, and she can't fathom why she ever liked him.
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Rob Character Timeline in The Sun is Also a Star

The timeline below shows where the character Rob appears in The Sun is Also a Star. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
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...her dad told her about the deportation or when she found out that her ex-boyfriend, Rob, was cheating on her. (full context)
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Natasha thinks that she's been angry since the beginning of time—at Samuel, at Rob for insisting that they should still be friends, and at Bev for being so concerned... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...for the trip-hop section but stops when she notices a couple making out: her ex-boyfriend, Rob, and a girl named Kelly. Natasha wonders why they're not in school and thinks that... (full context)
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...her boyfriend and his girlfriend. At Daniel's incredulous look, Natasha explains that he's her ex-boyfriend. Rob waves, and Natasha wonders how she possibly could've dated him. She turns to Daniel and... (full context)
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When Rob greets Natasha, Daniel immediately asks why he and Kelly were stealing. Rob puts his hands... (full context)
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Daniel smiles and says that catching Rob and Kelly was fun. He looks at Natasha, and Natasha feels as though she's smiled... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Outside, Natasha spots Rob and Kelly and watches them. She knows that Rob is surely explaining to Kelly that... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...to the reader that she's not sure she's capable of love. When she was with Rob, she never felt like the songs said she was supposed to. Very seriously, Natasha tells... (full context)
Chapter 94
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...felt that way when her family got the deportation notice and when she discovered that Rob was cheating on her. (full context)
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Natasha pulls out her phone again and dials Rob's phone number from memory. Surprisingly, he picks up and immediately informs her that what her... (full context)
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Rob stumbles over his words but finally says that he didn't want to hurt either hers... (full context)
Chapter 120
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...finish their questions. Daniel asks Natasha to share an embarrassing moment. She admits that seeing Rob in the record store was very embarrassing, mostly because Rob cheated on her, and seeing... (full context)
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Daniel asks if Natasha's parents cared that Rob was white, and Natasha admits they never met him. She tells the reader she didn't... (full context)