Published by Dial Books For Young Readers on September 16, 2014
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A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell
Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and 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 divisive ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor. 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, fully alive, sometimes very funny novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
I’ll Give You The Sun is Jandy Nelson’s highly anticipated sophomore novel. With my love of her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, I had supremely high expectations for I’ll Give You The Sun. To be completely honest, my expectations were probably even a little unrealistic. However, Jandy Nelson definitely delivered and you completely met my expectations and more.
I’ll Give You The Sun is told in a unique way. Each chapter is told from either Jude or Noah’s point of view. However, not only does it switch points of view, it also switches from past to present. Jude’s chapters are about the present and Noah’s chapters are about the past. It’s an interesting way to tell their story and after reading the book, it’s really the only way that could possibly work. It’s also very obvious to readers who is narrating each chapter and whether or not it’s in the past or present.
Jude and Noah are twins who couldn’t be more different. Jude is a bit of a conformist, doing whatever it takes to fit in. Noah is the opposite. He doesn’t care what people think of him as long as he likes himself. At least, that’s how it is at first. When you switch from the past to the present you realize that the twins have kind of switched roles. Jude is now the unique one who doesn’t do things to please other people anymore. As for Noah, he is almost unrecognizable as the boy he used to be. Every unique aspect of him is gone. It takes almost the whole of the book to find out what exactly happened to the twins to cause these changes.
The twins are the focal characters of the story and for a while I had trouble connecting with them. I honestly thought about giving up on this one because I wasn’t sure how I felt about Jude or Noah, past or present. Jude came across kind of bitchy all the time and Noah came across a bit whiny and immature at first. However, as the story progressed, new people came into each of their lives and helped them grow and develop. The addition of these new people in each of their lives also helped bring them back together. Their stories were so interwoven it was sometimes hard to see how the two of them could ever have such a rift between them. Their bond always showed through no matter how they outwardly felt towards each other.
I’ll Give You The Sun is a story of family. At it’s center is the story of Noah and Jude and what happened to tear them apart. However, the twins weren’t the only ones affected by what tore them apart. It affected their whole family and throughout the course of the book their family is torn apart and put back together again, in a new, not necessarily better or worse, way. Also, I’ll Give You The Sun shows that maybe you can choose to add members to your family but that you can’t ever get rid of the originals.
Jandy Nelson’s lyrical writing style is showcased in I’ll Give You The Sun. Part of my love for The Sky Is Everywhere was for Jandy Nelson’s writing and I knew I would read this one regardless of the subject matter. That being the case, the writing didn’t overshadow or take a backseat to the story of Noah and Jude. Also, I mentioned above that I had trouble connecting to the characters. The writing really helped me move past that. I honestly felt that I would be missing out on an amazing story if I did not finish something with such beautiful writing. And I was right.
Overall, I’ll Give You The Sun is really just one book I feel that everyone should read. My review will never do it justice. All I can say is that I feel like readers will be missing out if you don’t give this one a chance. I’ll Give You The Sun has definitely earned a permanent place on my favorites shelf.
P.S. I feel like I left some things out of my review but I just figured I should probably stop now so you can get your hands on a copy.
What others are saying about I’ll Give You The Sun:
Teen Librarian Toolbox’s review: “For me, this is one of the best books I have read in 2014.”
Forever 17 Books’ review: “I can’t wait for everyone to meet and fall in love with these characters as much as I did.”
Jenna Does Books’ review: “In the end, I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN is an excellent story about coming of age, finding yourself and falling in love.”