Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book Review: I'll Give You the Sun

Title I'll Give You the Sun

Author Jandy Nelson

Release Date September 16, 2014

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.

I love the way this story was told. It's told through two points of view (Jude and Noah), but at different times (Jude is 16 and Noah is 13-14). While it might seem like that would be confusing, it's quite the opposite. Jude and Noah have very distinct voices. It's easy to keep the story straight. This type of dual point of view storytelling was executed fabulously and I loved it.

And these characters! Oh, I just love them. Noah especially. When I first started reading, I wasn't sure how I felt about Noah. I drifted more towards Jude. However, as the story went on, I just fell in love with Noah. All of the characters, though, were great. They were complex and alive! Beautifully done.

I'll Give You the Sun was wonderful. Great writing, complex and compelling characters, and interesting story. It has everything I want in a great book.


5 out of 5 stars

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