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

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Title: I’ll Give You the Sun

Author: Jandy Nelson

Summary: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.

Final Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

AimalReads Review (Spoiler-free)

*sigh* I don’t know how to describe my love, fascination and appreciation for this book. I don’t think I’ve read a more meaningful, more pure YA novel since I read the Perks of Being a Wallflower a couple of years ago. Gosh, this book dealt with so many hard-hitting themes: discovering sexuality, drug abuse, death, betrayal, separation, isolation. Yet to deal with such emotional themes with so much hope, with so much humor laced between each page is something that is very commendable. This is the first Jandy Nelson book I have read, but I am positive that this won’t be the last.

Plot:

The narration is divided into two, reoccurring parts: one from a 13-14 year old Noah, and one from a 16 year old Jude. Both perspectives have a distinct storyline among themselves, yet as the story progresses, the relationship begins to unravel, and the story unfolds. The way the story is told kind of makes you think about how each and every action we perform in our life influences another. It’s a domino effect.

The story is powerful, touching. It never bores you. It progresses quickly, and every event holds meaning. Even though both perspectives apparently explore different plot-lines regarding the same characters, both plot-lines are so well-developed that you get lost in these characters’ lives. It’s realistic, and heartbreaking, and it makes you wonder. It invokes sympathy, laughs, perhaps some tears. It’s warm, and funny, and moving, and it’s absolutely fantastic. I’m going to stop now, because I’m raving like a mad fool. 5/5

Characters:

Oh my God. The characters were.. oh my Clark Gable. So fantastic. Each character was well-developed, multi-dimensional, realistic. We saw the various virtues in each character, but also the various extremely negative qualities in them too. They lie, they betray each other, sometimes vengeful, sometimes empathetic, never not likable. Their relationships with each other unravel in the most beautiful ways. There’s romance in the novel, but it’s realistic and painful like love is. It’s not easy. Nothing about these characters’ lives is easy, but they get through it, and the way they do that is inspiring. You root for them. You shake your head and your lips quiver when these precious characters receive blow after blow. You laugh because they still manage to see the brighter side of things. The relationships between siblings, families, mentors, friends, crushes are so well-developed. You get lost in these characters’ lives, and ugh, oh my God. 5/5

Writing Style:

*bows down to Jandy Nelson* She writes with such poise. Her writing is full of such fascinating imagery. She has a way with words that inspired me. She describes Oscar’s smiles in the first few pages in a way that made me pause and think about it for so long. “He grins in his chaotic way.” It’s an abstract thought, but the effect it had on me. How does someone grin in a chaotic way? And the image that popped up in my mind was so vivid. The metaphors she uses transport you into another, beautiful world. “I think about those two guys in the sky causing shipwrecks, causing things to burst into flames…” So beautiful. So, so, SO GOOD. 5/5

Would I recommend? Absolutely.

Would I re-read?  And how!

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