I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Ill Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Molly Pinkstaff, Staff Writer

‘Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love, 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.’ -Official Summary for I’ll Give You The Sun

I’ll Give You The Sun, or I’ll abbreviate it to IGYTS, was fantastic. It’s a book that screams originality. I would rate it about 4 stars because I think that the author could have spent a little more time on the plot instead of rushing through it at full speed. It felt at times like Nelson just threw some tiny plot twists into the story line that we could have done without. It got kind of confusing sometimes, but I love it so much that over the course of a month, I’ve read it about 4 times, and as soon as I’m done with this article, I’m going to go read it again. I have never read anything like IGYTS, and I will definitely read some of her other books. To be honest, I looked at the back of the book and saw that my favorite author did a review of it, and wanted to read the book IMMEDIATELY, and I don’t regret it. Tahereh Mafi was right. I. LOVE. THIS.

“Jandy Nelson is a rare, explosive talent. Her prose is vivid, breathtaking, and drenched in passion, and her stories remind me why words can change the world.”

—Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of the Shatter Me series

“A blazing, prismatic explosion of color . . . Nelson’s gifts in tackling huge subjects — death, grief, all-consuming love — with humor and gravitas will draw comparisons to the two reigning superstars of non-apocalyptic YA lit, John Green and Rainbow Rowell. But the intensity of her writing stands alone . . . Whether you’re at that age right now or you’ve forgotten what it feels like, I’ll Give You the Sun is that rare, immersive teen novel: To read it is a coming-of-age experience in itself.”

Entertainment Weekly

“Breathtaking. You get the sense [the] characters are bursting through the words, breaking free of normal metaphors and constructions, jubilantly trying to rise up from the prison of language . . . The book celebrates art’s capacity to heal, but it also shows us how we excavate meaning from the art we cherish, and how we find reflections of ourselves within it . . . I’ll Give You the Sun is a dazzling mirror.”

The New York Times

“Sun is so much more than just another teenage love story with Real Life Themes; it’s a meditation on life, art, family, fate, and how even the most broken people can help fix one another. Like an artist with a paintbrush, Jandy Nelson weaves it all together to create a reading experience that can only be described as synesthetic. You can taste Noah’s passion, hear the echo of Jude’s grief, and feel the words leap off the page and whip across your face like grains of sand in the wind. This book will tear through you like a hurricane, leaving you in ruined awe. If you want to remember what it’s like to truly surrender to a book and let it pull you under like a riptide, pick up I’ll Give You the Sun and bask in it.”

The Huffington Post