I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson Review 8/28/14

i'll give you the sun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
September 16, 2014
Dial Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 384 pgs

What it’s about:

Jude and her twin brother Noah have always been close, but the year they are thirteen changes everything. A shy misfit, Noah immerses himself in art as he falls in love with the charismatic boy next door. Meanwhile, Jude strikes out on her own seeking thrills with the popular kids. By the time the twins are sixteen they are shells of their former selves and practically strangers to each other. When an eccentric and reclusive sculptor agrees to mentor Jude, pieces of the past resurface and Jude and Noah slowly realize that they each only know half of the truth about the events that destroyed them.

Why You Might Like it:

I’ll Give You the Sun is a stunningly beautiful story. Noah and Jude are vibrant, complex, and flawed characters. They leap off the page and come alive. The dual narrative provides readers with bits and pieces of the whole story, creating a powerful picture of love and betrayal, secrets and heartaches. While the twins’ journey is painful, there are spots of humor to lighten the mood, a budding romance that inspires hope, and the magic of art to soothe the raw edges of emotions. I truly do not have adequate words to describe this book. It is powerful, magical, and amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the e-galley provided by Netgalley.com, but I can’t wait to see a finished copy. I am hopeful that is will be filled with Noah’s and Jude’s art. This is one of the best books I have read all year!

Want More Like This?

For more gorgeous writing and powerful stories, try Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, Ask the Passengers by A.S. King, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extent.

 

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6 responses to “I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson Review 8/28/14

  1. I loved this book SO much, too, Noah’s side of the story especially. GAH, Noah!! <33 I loved all the inclusion of art, too – I doubt there will be illustrations in the finished copy, as there weren't any placeholders in the ARC, but I was struck by how WELL Nelson was able to write about artwork. I have a hard time connecting to music or art in books because those are such different mediums than writing and very hard to describe, but I thought Nelson wrote about the drawings and sculptures flawlessly. So amazing.

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