The Sun Is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
Contributed by Carey Speaks
Chapter 81-90
Summary

Despite their fight, Natasha cannot let herself fail to go to the museum. The Hall of Meteorites is her favorite section, and she finds meaning in the items displayed there. She wanted to bring Daniel to that specific section and ask him to write a poem about the universe. To her, falling in love is nothing compared to the formation of the universe. Instead, Daniel writes a poem about staying on his side.

Natasha talks about her father, and how they used to do things together before she was thirteen. His dreams were enormous; but with time, they became nonsensical to the other family members. He lost his job and lived in the pretense of auditioning mingled with lame excuses. Their mother had to work harder than before to make ends meet. Although Samuel is still a dreamer, Natasha and her mother are objective doers rather than dreamers.

In “Samuel Kingsley: A History of Regret, Part 3,” the narrator provides Samuel’s view of his relationship with his daughter. He is somehow afraid of her, and the things she does now seem to be beyond him. He misses his sweet little girl, but he resents her whenever she glimpses at him suggesting that he be more, do more, and love more.

The narration then moves back to Daniel, where he starts to question the different things about life. He believes the universe has abandoned him, and his rage on Charlie grows even more than ever before. Natasha, on the other hand, is back for her appointment and the paralegal seems brighter and happier than before; her lipstick is gone as if she has been kissed. She goes into the office, and she does not know where she should begin to tell her story, but she chooses to start with the day her dad ruined their lives.

In “Natasha Kingsley: A Daughter’s History,” Natasha talks about the day they went to the theater to see their father perform a play. Their mother did not go as she saw buying the tickets as a waste of hard-earned money. Daniel goes back to their family-owned store and looks for Charlie. He asks him his reasons for being an asshole, which ends up being all Korean-related. They end up fighting and inflicting pain on each other. Natasha continues to recount to Attorney Fitzgerald about her father’s day of fame, and the way her father got drunk after the play, rammed a parked police car, and ended up telling them about being undocumented.

Chapter Ninety, titled “Samuel Kingsley: A Father’s History”, is in the form of a play, with Samuel and Patricia arguing, and Natasha listening even though they do not know she is there. Patricia recalls how they started and the promises Samuel made to her. He, in turn, interjects by talking about his dreams, laying blame on his wife and kids for those that remain unachieved.

Analysis

It is already clear that Natasha knows precisely the things she wants in life, and she cannot let a fight with a boy she just met sway her. For this reason, she still manages to go to the museum and experience as per her expectations, indicating that she finds more meaning when relating to scientific elements than when involved in love-related issues. Her passion for the universe aligns with scientific aspects — and this differs from Daniel’s view of the universe, which translates to fate and destiny.

But the biggest regret in Natasha’s life is the actions of her dad, especially those leading to the deportation. Her objection to being a dreamer is so due to the failures and flaws in her dad’s life, and the current state of their family since he lost his job and started focusing on a life only existing in his head. Nonetheless, she remembers the times when he was useful and valuable in her life, a time when he was a hero, a clear indication that their family was once filled with love. On his part, Samuel Kingsley also experiences the strained relationship with his daughter, and his fear emanates from his incapability to be the hero he once was to her.

During the appointment with Attorney Fitzgerald, Natasha begins by talking about her father and the way he ruined their stay in the U.S., since it is the most relevant place to lay blame and build a case from, showing both a bright and a dull side of Samuel Kingsley. The fight between Daniel and Charlie explains that he cannot continue living in the idea of being perfect or caring as others stumble on him, and it portrays his rage amidst rejection. Although they just met, he feels like he has invested a lot for a future with her, and he decides to take it out on Charlie for his has bottled that hate for many years now. The last chapter is in the form of a play since Natasha’s issue came from the influences of the play her dad performed at the theater. It is the author’s way of affirming relevance and portraying Samuel’s selfish nature and his regret for having his family.

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