Sixteen year-old Starr Carter wears a mask daily: one in her poor, black neighborhood and one in the rich and predominately white neighborhood where she attends an elite school. But, for unbeknownst to those around her, masks tire and tighten with each passing day. The balance between managing the tightness and fatigue comes to a head after witnessing the shooting death of her friend, Khalil, by the hands of a police officer during a traffic stop.
Once his death makes headline news, she battles assumptions from those ignorant of who Khalil was as a person. Everybody has an opinion – some good, some bad, others clueless. As those opinions come to a head, Starr wonders just how long she’s willing to walk the tightrope others desire her to teeter.
My soul’s on fire.
Does fate exist? Can we meet someone one day that will change us for years to come? What measures would we travel to change course? The Sun is Also a Star considers these questions.
Meet Daniel, a Korean-American kid dealing with immigrant dreams placed upon him before birth. He wants to attend college, major in English, and write poetry. His parents want him to attend Yale and become a doctor…even if Yale’s the second best school (He’s older brother attends Harvard).
Meet Natasha, Jamaican-born and American since eight years old, she dreams of becoming a data scientist as she adores science and facts. Yet, science cannot change the fact that she’s being deported by night’s end.
In one day, their lives collide, changing course for them, their families, and their futures.
Margot wants to be someone else.
However, her family, friends, and pseudo-community will guarantee her desire won’t happen.
The Education of Margot Sanchez is a coming of age story featuring a Latina coping with two masks: the one she wears when she’s at Somerset Prep and it’s ritzy, privileged crowd and the one, more geared towards her true self, she wears around her father, mother, brother, best friend Elizabeth, and a guy locking her heart down without her permission, Moises.
Pretty in Pink meets the South Bronx it is not. Margot’s dealing with deeper issues than homemade dresses and whether or not she’ll choose Ducky over Blane.