About the book:
Title: I’ll Give You the Sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, realistic fiction, young adult
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.
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads
Review: This was a good book, but I’d expected a little more out of it. I can understand why some people could absolutely love this book and why some people could absolutely hate it as well. I’m sort of neutral about this one, but I think my opinion leans more towards liking it than disliking it. The characters were really well developed, and I really felt for them when “it” happened (not going to spoil it!), but despite the writing style being very unique, it just wasn’t best suited for me. There were a lot (like A LOT) of metaphors and super descriptive language in the book, and writing with too much detail isn’t really my cup of tea. I often found myself skimming through all the parts where they went into too much detail, as I got a little bit bored with all of it. I felt like though this was a unique, memorable read, it could have been WAY shorter if you take away all the unneeded details! Basically what happens in this book is the protagonists Jude and Noah are twins, and they are both very artistically inclined; Noah a painter, and Jude a sculptor. There are two parts to the story, one told by Noah at 13 years old and the other told by Jude at 16. As teens, the twins have become very different and have been drifting apart from how close they were when they were younger. It was like one twin was in Antarctica and the other was in Greenland! All of a sudden “it” (there it is again! I want to spoil it so badly but I don’t want to ruin it for you guys!) happens, and the twins need each others’ support more than ever, but they need to take baby steps in order to get back to each other. I wouldn’t recommend this book if you don’t like stories that stretch the details too far, as this is an example of one, but if you’re fine with that, I’m sure you’ll absolutely devour this book!
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars!