The Sun Is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
Contributed by Carey Speaks
Chapter 31-40
Summary

In “Multiverses: A Quantum History”, the narrator claims that one possible solution to the grandfather paradox is Hugh Everett’s theory of multiverses. This entails the existence of alternate universes where an event at a quantum level leads to the current universe splitting in multiple universes that have involved different choices. Daniel intends to use science to make Natasha fall in love with him, and he has a research article he had read in the paper paving the way for him to accomplish this. Natasha mentions the scientific research he tells her about and gives him an hour to make her fall for him since she has the appointment later; she is certain it will not happen. He then shows her his phone, and they come up with ten questions from the list of thirty-six, since they lack enough time to go through all of them. They subsequently leave the coffee shop and start heading towards uptown, where Natasha will have her appointment.

In the next chapter, titled “Natasha”, she acknowledges his smartness for using science against her. They discuss various questions about fame and death, talking at length about the issues. She reveals that she cannot swim, and he promises to teach her someday, not knowing she might be deported the following day. He proudly calls himself a scholar, where he is compiling the Book of Natasha, and has already noted some valid points about her. She asks about the suit again, and he reluctantly tells her about the interview. He shows his dissatisfaction and lack of motivation to becoming a doctor, as it is his parents’ wishes, and where his passion lies in poetry. Natasha responds by saying she intends to become a data analyst. A moment suddenly takes place between them, and she is about to take his palm, but fails to. This makes Daniel think that she is not into him.

While Natasha acknowledges the moment between them, realizing that she, too, wants him romantically. However, she avoids the whole situation by closing her palm and walking away. In “love: A Chemical Reaction History,” the narrator talks about the three stages of love as depicted by science: lust; attraction; and attachment. For every stage, he assigns different chemicals or neurotransmitters. Subsequently, in “Daniel”, the two walks in an uncomfortable silence since “the moment”. They arrive at the building of Natasha’s appointment, and the two must part ways. Daniel thinks about waiting for her, but she reminds him of his interview. He thinks about it and wonders if the feelings he has are deluded with the aim of sabotaging the interview. He knows his parents cannot approve of her, for she is not Korean. To make matters worse, she is black.

At that moment, Natasha feels disappointed that Daniel is leaving although she wants him to leave. They hug and part ways, and she goes into the building and straight to the elevator. She later learns that the lawyer was in an accident, and the paralegal seems concerned as if she is in love with him. While the paralegal eagerly waits for a phone call, she gives Natasha several forms to complete and tells her to be informative and open in a way that the lawyer can help. Natasha thinks about Daniel for a while, before the phone starts ringing. The paralegal receives the news that the lawyer is okay, and mentions that there is hope since “Jeremy never loses”. Later, Natasha develops feelings of guilt for not being kind to Daniel, and a series of thoughts keep running through her mind as she walks through the hallway.

Analysis

The main ideas from these sections revolve around love and science, and they signify the two dimensions from where the two teenagers stand. Natasha is a science geek, and she has a profound understanding and belief in science. Daniel is a poet, and his views are emotional and human-like, rather than abstract. However, he is willing to bridge the gap between him and her by incorporating some science into his opinions. This act of making a compromise shows that he is open-minded and willing to exploit other available and necessary ways to reach his goal of winning her heart. On the other hand, Natasha decides to participate in the love experiment despite the intense troubles she endures considering the pending deportation. She does this for she is a girl who is human and has feelings, just like other people. Besides that, Daniel seems to amuse her in a way she did not expect, and she is not willing to give up his company and continue being alone, as she has been for the past few weeks.

In an unexpected turn of events, Natasha finds herself falling in love with Daniel despite her firm stand that she would not. However, she chooses to ignore those feelings for she cannot afford to leave for Jamaica with her love still living in the U.S.; that would be devastating and hurtful to her, and she does not know how it would affect him. For these reasons, she chooses to hide her feelings and push him away, so that she can focus on the issue of deportation. Daniel decides to play along for he understands that love is not something to force, and he knows that it has to come from both sides of the involved individuals. His experiences are limited, considering that he has only had one girlfriend in his dating life, and he cannot precisely read or understand the feelings hidden within Natasha.

The paralegal’s reaction to the accident involving the lawyer reveals that she is in love with him despite his marriage. Also, the act of calling him by his first name shows that she is not afraid of revealing her feelings or her love. She asks Natasha to write anything that the lawyer could use to humanize her in the forms she was completing, for such information helps make a strong case.

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