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Review: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the SunTitle: I’ll Give You the Sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Type: Fiction
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: Dial Books
Date published: September 16th 2014
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 371

Rating: 5/5

“We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”

At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.

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This was absolutely a great read. I enjoyed every ounce of the novel. The family element combined with finding one’s identity was such an intense and wonderful read. It was a really unique read and not what I was expecting. I’m really glad I picked up this book and would definitely recommend.

Writing

Jandy Nelson did an amazing job of writing Jude’s and Noah’s story in their own perspectives. It was easy to distinguish between the different voices and to follow along. The writing was unique in terms of how the timelines are formatted. Jude’s perspective is all in the present at the age of 16, while Noah’s spans from the beginning of 13 until the present. It was amazing seeing how well the layout worked as you got a little bit of Jude and Noah, the past and the present.

Plot

The plot was really great. I entered the book not knowing anything. It was a bit confusing at first but slowly, Nelson reveals little bits of information that you slowly piece together. It helps add to the suspense and unravelling of what happened to the family. Honestly, the plot twists were somewhat predictable, though it still blew me away.

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The book had plenty of romance and drama. And to be honest, it was quite enjoyable feeling the angst and tension around the characters.

Characters

I was so conflicted over the characters. It was a love-hate relationship. Jude and Noah have made so many unforgivable mistakes that seem to have truly ruined their relationships. Because of their competitive nature, they were always head-butting with each other, doing things to spite each other, and as a result, themselves.

I hated Jude and loved her at the same time. I loved Noah but hated him too. This was a story of them learning to forgive themselves and each other, but I felt like as a reader, I was learning to understand them and forgive them as well.

Even though they are twins, Jude and Noah seem to have completely different personalities. It’s interesting how they have changed in the book because of the tragedies and failures that they’ve faced. Where once Jude was outgoing and Noah was more reserved, the death of their mother leads them to switch roles. It played really well into the story and in a way, helps them understand each other better.

Favourite quotes

  • “Oh alright, I’ll give you the sun.” – Jude
  • “I think about those two guys in the sky causing shipwrecks, causing things to burst into flames, just like that with no warning.” – Noah
  • “we’re never going to be okay. We’re never going to be us again.” – Jude
  • “Lord. Have. Mercy. On. My. Boycotting. Soul.” – Jude
  • “What slumbers in the heart, slumbers in the stone.”
  • “She said I’d know you right away because you’d glow like an angel” – Oscar
  • “The suns, stars, ocean, trees, everything, I gave it all up for you. ” – Jude
  • “A broken heart is an open heart” – Grandma Sweetwine
  • “Love does as it undoes. It goes after, with equal tenacity: joy and heartbreak.” – Jude
  • “So we grapple with the mysteries, each in our own way.”

Final thoughts

All in all, this book was a great read. I think it was truly about learning to forgive and to be at peace with the people you love and yourself. Noah and Jude are such amazing characters that grow on you as you read the book. This was a tear jerker for me, but I loved it.

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