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.
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Published by Dial Books on September 16th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
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.
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?