I’ll Give You The Sun Review

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 14

Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).

Not many books make me cry. Surprisingly, I don’t get overly emotional when I read, but there was a point in I’ll Give You the Sun when I just started crying. Jandy Nelson created such an emotional and touching novel that I definitely won’t forget anytime soon. I have decided, though, that most contemporary fiction books are quite sad. It appears that happy books aren’t all that popular anymore–not like I’m complaining, I love this book. It’s pretty cool that I got to see Nelson at a book signing, so I heard about her writing process before I actually read the book. Just a fun fact, but she actually wrote this book in the dark. In the complete dark. That’s so awesome! Anyway, I found this book fantastic. Not to mention, I finished it in one day (today). The book was written so that it is narrated by both Noah and Jude who are twins. Noah narrates what happens when they are thirteen to fourteen and Jude narrates what happens two years later, when they are sixteen and barely speaking to each other. Both of the character’s lives are connected and twine together in a brilliant way in the end. I love stories like that, where you can flip through the book afterward and see all the signs pointing towards the ending.The book is full of metaphors and symbols that made my heart sing while reading it. Also, while I usually am not an art fanatic, I found that after reading this book, I have a new-found interest in art. This is especially since Noah’s paintings are so clear in my mind even though they are not displayed on paper except in worded descriptions. I highly recommend this book, even to people like me who are so locked up in a fantasy world (I hardly ever read realistic fiction now).

-Book Hugger

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