Review by Becca
First off, I want to send Andye a HUGE thank you for having me here on Reading Teen! I've become quite the regular here, which is fabulous! But if you haven't seen one of my reviews yet, I'm going to review I'll Give You the Sun a little bit different than others. I'll be writing a letter to the book, saying what I did/didn't like, similar to how I normally review on my own blog! Be sure to check out more of my review letters at Pivot Book Reviews!
by Jandy Nelson
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Dial (September 16, 2014)
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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.
Dear I'll Give You the Sun,
I've been struggling the past few days compiling my thoughts about you. No! It's not because I didn't love you, because that so is not the case. In fact, I adored you- even more than I did The Sky is Everywhere! The reason I've been struggling is merely because how am I supposed to compose a letter to a book that was mesmerizing and beautifully written. It's just- WHAT ARE WORDS?!
Here's three. You. Were. Brilliant.
You follow the story of twins Jude (which is a girl! SUCH A CUTE NAME FOR A GIRL! RIGHT?) and Noah, who interchange chapters during different times in their lives. Noah is 13-14 and Jude is 16. But something between that time they grew apart from being the closest twins you could imagine to barely speaking to each other. In fact, it's as if they switched personalities completely. But why? If that question isn't enough to have someone flipping through your pages like crazy, then I don't know what is.
I wasn't sure I was going to like reading from a boy's POV because I always either completely hate or love it, but that wasn't the case with Noah. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about him, and his escapades with Brain, and then Jude. Oh Jude. She grew so much with each page. I loved that Noah was obsessed with drawing/painting, because I'm pretty much the same way (except with totes!) and I loved that Jude was legit superstitious- to some interesting extremes. All of her little superstitions were so unique, and made me giggle, and then the way everyone interconnected in the end?! It was cray cray. My mind was messed with in such an amazing way!!!
Plus that English accented photographer hiding in your pages? SA-WOOOOOOOON.
As far as your author, Jandy Nelson's, writing. She completely blew me away. You, I'll Give You the Sun, have absolutely NOTHING on your predecessor, The Sky is Everywhere. If anything, your prose is even more beautifully written. Some might wonder if that's possible, but your prose is incredible. I can't state that enough!!!! Everyone raving about you is right in their extreme love for you, and I'm now one of those people. You deserve it. *PUSHES YOU INTO EVERYONE'S HANDS* *PUSH PUSH PUSH* *NUDGE NUDGE NUDGE* I cannot wait to see what your author comes up next. Auto-buy? Heck to the yes. Five bright and shiny stars to a glorious, unforgettable novel. You'll be on my mind for quite some time.
Wondering if I should give YOU the sun,
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