I’ll Give You The Sun

April 29, 2015 ARC, Book Review 0

I received this ARC from Publisher for free 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 SunI'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Published by Penguin on September 16th 2014
Pages: 384
Source: ARC from Publisher

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.

My Thoughts:

I cannot believe I waited so long to read this one! Honestly, I was totally intimidated by it. So many people were so in love with it. Could it live up? What if I didn’t love it? Would people still be my friend?!?! That might be a little drastic but you get the idea. Between it being a Forever YA Book Club pick and winning the Printz Award I finally decided to pick it up. Add me to the list of people in love with I’ll Give You the Sun!!

I read this one a couple weeks ago and I’m still thinking about the characters and my feelings about everything that happened. I really, really loved all the different relationships. Obviously Jude and Noah’s relationship is front and center (and we get to know them best) but there is so much more. Jandy Nelson does an incredible job of developing all the different relationships portrayed. I don’t want to go in depth because discovering these is such a powerful part of the reading experience.

We get to see this story from both Jude and Noah’s perspective. We also get to see glimpses into the past, as well as the present day. I loved how this structure connected me as the reader to the characters and the story. It captured my interest from page one. I became more and more invested with each chapter. By the end of the book I couldn’t do anything but read. When I tried to take a break for dinner I found myself picking up the book instead!

I’ll Give You the Sun is a stunning novel. The story will stay with you long after you turn the last page. I can’t wait to pick up Jandy Nelson’s The Sky is Everywhere!

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