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Sunday, November 16, 2014

[REVIEW] I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You The Sun

Author: Jandy Nelson
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Published: September 16th 2014 by Dial Books
Purchase from: Amazon | The Book Depository
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.


My Thoughts

Heartwarming. Mind-numbing. Jaw-dropping. This book is perfection! I wanted to devour it and savor it at the same time while reading it. I'll Give You The Sun is a new favorite.

The writing is so alive and vivid. I love love love the prose! It's actually my favorite aspect of the book. I love the poetic quality to it, the way it successfully conveyed the emotions of the characters, the way it also invoked emotions from me as a reader. Reading this book is an emotional journey for me, as it touched and moved me in more ways than one. This is one beautifully written story.

And don't get me started on the characters! They were absofreakinglutely amazing! Noah and Jude and Oscar and Guillermo and Brian were all far from perfect but I love them to bits, flaws and all. Even the twin's parents were quite interesting. It seems like every character in this book should not be taken at face value, and I don't mean that in a bad way. It's just that everyone has layers and layers of stories and secrets within them that add color and depth to each character. One thing is sure, though: Jandy Nelson creates characters that are so alive, real and relatable.

I loved the relationship between Noah and Jude. The love-hate thing going on was heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. Guillermo and Oscar were both complex characters, too, and they complemented well with the twins' characters. Brian wasn't difficult to like and I understand how he fell for Noah and vice versa. I liked the art theme, too. You don't have to be an art enthusiast to appreciate the story. It just made it more interesting and unique. The connections between the characters did not took me by surprise that much, but twist was still good. Really good.

Honestly, I am in awe. I rarely come across books as good as this one and it's always a one hell of an experience for me. You know, I'm just going to shut up now and just let you read this book. You won't regret it, I swear. READ. THIS. NOW.

My Favorite Lines

Reality is crushing. The world is a wrong-sized shoe. How can anyone stand it?

I didn't know that family members could just find each other, choose each other like they have. I love the idea.

"I do not see the girl who climbed up my fire escape, who thinks spilled sugar will change her life, who believe she is in mortal danger because of a cat, who cries because I will not help her. I do not see the girl who told me she was as sad as me, who says her angry dead mother break her bowls. Where is that girl? She is not making this work. She is not in this work, so why do you waste your time and everyone else's?"

Everything is true at once. Life is contradiction. We take in every lesson. We find what works.

A broken heart is an open heart.

Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you've been in before – you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around it in the dark if you had to.

"...what is bad for the heart is good for art. The terrible irony of our lives as artists."

You have to see the miracles for there to be miracles.

Mothers are the parachutes.

"Or maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people. Maybe we're accumulating these new selves all the time. Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things."

Love does as it undoes. It goes after, with equal tenacity: joy and heartbreak.

"I think you can sort of slip out of your life and it can be hard to find a way back in."

I remember Guillermo saying the cracks and breaks were the best and most interesting parts of the work in my portfolio. Perhaps it's the same with people and their cracks and breaks.

People die, I think, but your relationship with them doesn't. It continues and is ever-changing.

Who knows anything? Who knows who's pulling the strings? Or what is? Or how? Who knows if destiny is just how you tell yourself the story of your life?

Some people are just meant to be in the same story.


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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!


  1. We are about to read this for book club and I have been hearing nothing but amazing things about it!

    Kate @ Ex Libris


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