Author: Jandy Nelson
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
"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. This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
Printz Award Winner Stonewall Honor Book.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson has to be one of the best books that I’ve read this year. There is so much jam-packed into this story, that there is a lot of processing that the reader has to do once the book is read. This novel is not only an amazing book about art, it is also phenomenally written. As well, there are two different narrators who offer constructing sides to the story and give real depth to its plot . All of the elements combine to make I’ll Give You the Sun so unputdownable!
Jandy Nelson has created an incredible art book with I’ll Give You the Sun. The main characters are artists and the whole book features descriptions of their gorgeous art, which I loved! There is sculpting, paining, sketching, many types of art. After reading this, I totally wished that I were better at sculpting. I myself am not much of an artist, so I always appreciate reading about others’ talents!
Also, one of the greatest aspects of I’ll Give You the Sun is how it is so beautifully written. There are so many deep and inspirational passages that really made me think. This book is also filled with amazing quotes; some that will make the reader grin, and some for just the opposite. I really regret waiting so long to read this book because it really offers so much to the reader!
Another enjoyable feature of the novel is that it is written from the perspective of each twin. It is really satisfying as a reader knowing information that the characters in the book are not privy to. The reader gets the full background as to why Noah and Jude aren’t speaking, which is extremely helpful. What is also nice about two different perspectives is that Noah and Jude have very contrasting personalities and lives, which gives a different tone for half the book.
I’ll Give You the Sun is an art book that is so vivid. There are two contrasting personalities that are helpful to have while reading. I really loved this book, and if you’re like me and have waited so long to read this book, I definitely encourage you to pick it up immediately.