I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
on September 2, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
I’ll Give You the Sun might just be one of the most beautiful, awe inspiring books I’ve ever read. I did have a rocky start with it, though. I started it, the. decided to listen to it on audio instead. Then did like Jude’s voice so I put it aside. I finally picked up the book a month or so later and gave it another try. I’m so unbelievably happy I did.
Let me be perfectly honest with you, I didn’t love Jandy Nelson debut as much as everyone else did. I liked The Sky is Everywhere but I didn’t LOVE it. So I was a bit anxious over how I’d feel about I’ll Give You the Sun. I shouldn’t have been. It swept me right off my feet.
The writing is extraordinary. Jandy Nelson definitely has a way with words. The slight feel was magical realism was such an amazing touch. I think it’s one of the reasons I feel in love with the book to start with.
Jude and Noah have done so many things to hurt each other and others as well. Impossible, cringe worthy things. I’ll Give You the Sun is about them overcoming their past, learning to trust and forgive. The duel narratives were great and definitely vital to the story. Jude’s is from present day and and Noah’s is from two or so years before. The heartbreaking story unravels slowly but in a way that gets you so attached to these characters. I felt for them so much.
I’ll Give You the Sun isn’t only heartbreaking, there’s also two very warm and fuzzy inducing story lines. I adored Jude’s time with Oscar so much. Their banter was outstanding and I definitely swooned at times. Noah and Brian was also incredible. The tentative, unsure, complicated feelings. It was beautifully done. I loved seeing the resolution for those two as well.