Book Review: I’ll Give You the Sun

There are books that make you feel, and then there are books that split apart your soul and sit inside it forever and ever. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is one of those books.

Book Review: I’ll Give You the SunI'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Published by Dial Books on September 16th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 371
Format: Hardback
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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.

I’m not going to tarnish my reading experience by picking through the many aspects of this book for you. I will simply tell you that it was so much more than a book for me. It is one of those stories that will stay with me for years and years to come. Its impact rivals The Fault in Our Stars.

I can’t believe the depth of emotion that I felt reading this book: swelling with happiness on one page then aching with sadness on another, anguishing in despair then bursting with joy. This book, while technically “young adult” due to the protagonists’ age, can be so emotionally adult that I feel like there is not a soul who wouldn’t relate to the themes explored.

I recommend this book to anyone with a heart, anyone with a sibling, anyone with a mother, anyone with a father, and everyone.

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1,000,000/5 stars

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Have you read books like this? Ones that you can’t seem to shake, because they affected you so deeply? Did you read I’ll Give You the Sun or her other novel, The Sky is Everywhere? What did you think?

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29 comments

    1. I knew what you meant! You won’t regret it. Takes a bit to build up (though I extremely enjoyed on the writing/narrative style while that happened) but then it just is sooooo good. Oh my gosh! I can see why it’s won so many awards ?

  1. THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING. I’m super happy that you also loved this book. I feel you, I have read this last year but I still feel so attach with NoahAndJude! JANDY NELSON’S WRITING STYLE IS JUST AMAZING, and I super recommend you to read The Sky is Everywhere also! I love both books equally. ???

  2. I listened to the audio book version of this while on a road trip last summer, and it was fantastic! The audio book was really cool because they had different narrators for Noah and Jude, so it really felt like the characters themselves were telling you the story. If you’re ever in the mood to revisit this story, I definitely recommend the audio book! 🙂

  3. I love your description there: books that split apart your soul and sit inside it forever and ever. That is such an accurate description of what this book did to me too!! When I was reading it the people in my life thought I was nuts because I walked around with SO many emotions. I told my coworkers I wanted to stab myself in the chest so that all my emotions could just pour out… that’s how this book made me feel. It’s a work of art IMO and I would give it 1,000,000 stars also!!

  4. Beautiful review Ali!! I recently bought this from Book Outlet and I’ve been putting it off because I know it’ll be an emotional read lol. But I’m hoping to read it this summer!

  5. I absolutely adored this one, so I am so glad you liked it as much as I did! It’s such an amazing book, isn’t it? The characters were so realistic and complex. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    P.S. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous OMG ??

    1. Thank you so much for the compliment Zoe – really means a great deal to me (:! And seriously, can’t gush about this book enough! Did you read her other one? I feel like I HAVE to read it now because I loved this one so much.

    1. Hahahahaha about recommending it to everyone and everything- yes! That’s exactly how I feel about it. And no, I haven’t read her other one yet, but you can bet that it’s high on my TBR! Did you read it?

      1. OH DO READ IT RIGHT NOW. Sorry, I get over-excited talking about Jandy Nelsons books, but she is brilliant. I have read it, and loved it, it’s one of my favorites as well, that author always manages to make me feel things to such a deep level, I can connect to the characters and the story a lot, it’s just, like being completely immersed in her world. I love it. I can’t wait for you to read it! 😀

  6. I’ve read both and she would have to be hands down, my favourite YA contemporary author. She doesn’t just write books, she honestly creates beauty through experiences that readers can relate to and learn from. Her characters are remarkable. I loved I’ll Give You The Sun a little more, but found The Sky is Everywhere was far more emotional. I cried buckets reading that one. Wonderful review Ali, I can’t wait to see what you think of The Sky Is Everywhere <3

    1. Uh-oh! Good to know about the crying. I’m sure I’ll be a basket case. I love what you said – “creates beauty through experiences that readers can relate to.” I so agree. She does SO MUCH MORE than just write a book. She’s so good!

    1. Thanks! I think most people love this book, so it’s safe to assume you’ll at least like it! I hope you get around to it one day. Definitely one of my favorite reads of 2016!!