Busy reading weekend

14 Nov

Since I spent most of the weekend letting my knee recover, I had a lot of time to read and knit. I read three print books and listened to two audiobooks and almost finished a pair of socks. The perks of a knee injury.

One of the books I listened to was The Sun is Also  Star by Nicola Yoon.

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Publisher’s Summary:

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?

Another great bit of bibliotherapy.

The universe seems to be bringing Natasha & Daniel together and apart and you can’t help rooting for both of them.

I met Nicola Yoon at an ALA dinner in San Francisco. Her first move, Everything, Everything was about to be published  and she was one of 4 authors promoting their work. It was a wonderful novel and I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it yet. Warning: neither are suitable for middle grade audiences. They are clearly YA.

The story is narrated in two voices, Natasha’s & Daniel’s and unfolds over the course of a single day. As each shares part of their story, you can’t help but fall in love with them. Their narration is punctuated by the Universe telling details about side characters or facts. It could have become didactic, but it is really effective.

Yoon’s sophomore novel is even better than her first!

 

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2 Responses to “Busy reading weekend”

  1. Bill Armstrong November 14, 2016 at 6:17 am #

    Adrienne,

    We read your posts everyday and am asking you to write a column about losing a Basset.

    I have to send my beautiful Siobhan (14+ year old Basset) on her journey to the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon. I’ve never had to do this before and want to give her the release from her pain. Poor little thing has bone cancer.

    If you could find a minute to say a little prayer, Janie Anne (another 14 year old Basset) and I would appreciate that gesture greatly.

    Saddest of all Woofs,

    Janie Anne, Bill

    and Siobhan “Goodbye and God Bless—I’ve enjoyed having Bill read your notes o me”

    ________________________________

    • Adrienne November 14, 2016 at 6:21 am #

      Oh, Bill, sorry to hear this. It is never easy. Lucy and I are saying prayers and sending drool. I’ve sent three and I think it actually gets harder each time. I lost Fiona a year ago (11/10/15). Here is a link to the post I wrote then.

      https://booksandbassets.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/last-ride/

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