I'll Give You the Sun is the story of two twins, Noah and Jude, told from their different perspectives at different points of time. Noah narrates the past, when Jude was busy running of with surfers and hanging out with the wrong crowd, and Jude tells the story of the present, where she is enrolled in the art school Noah dreamed of going to, and has teamed up with a wacky sculptor to make the work of art that she hopes will win back her Mother's heart.
I don’t even know where to start with this. Everything about this book is great. The characters are so well developed that you feel their pain as they do, laugh with them, cry with them, and bleed with them. Both Noah and Jude have distinct voices that really help readers to get into their mind so it really feels like you are living their story alongside them. On top of that, the entire book is just so well written. Jandy Nelson is truly a master novel writer. There is powerful imagery, flowery and beautiful sentences and dialogue that ebbs and flows like real conversations. It all wraps up to equal a book that transports readers, body and soul, into another world.
My favorite perspective was Noah’s, because his way of thinking and talking was absolutely divine. I liked all of Jude’s superstitions and her unique perspective on the world as well as her strong willed character. I also really, really loved the fact that they were both artists. I have a strange obsession with reading and writing books about artists, painters, musicians, poets, the works. I myself am not much of an artist, so I think that may be why I love reading about them so much. For a few moments, I too get to be an artist.
My only complaint is the ending. I firmly believe the book should have ended much earlier, with Noah and Jude playing rock, paper, scissors, laying under the sky as everything around them fell perfectly into place. I think the story had enough passion, emotion and power that readers could have been left at that scene and felt content about the fate of all the other characters in the novel. The last pages were simply Jandy Nelson tying up all the loose ends in the story, and it definitely did not fit with the pacing and the tone of the rest of the novel. I feel like had the novel been ended sooner it would’ve been that much more powerful and poignant.
But still, this book is my absolute favorite. Its rare to come across books that hold such weight and impact, and this is one of those books. It will open your eyes and change your heart. Jandy Nelson truly shows what it means to write a novel with I’ll Give You the Sun.
Have you read I'll Give You the Sun? What did you think about it? Whether you loved it as much as I did, or didn't take a liking to it, I'd love to hear about it! Leave a comment about what you thought of the book, and have a wonderful day!
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