Sunday, June 4, 2017

*Review* I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: September 16, 2014
Pages: 371


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.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.


I got this book from last year’s Audiobook Sync, but I took forever to read it because I am a bum. But whatever, I finally read it. Because my phone is so full of audiobooks I can hardly take pictures anymore. Don’t you judge me. It’s who I am as a person.

Anyway, this is really two stories in one that is told by siblings - twins. Jude and Noah. One is done in the past and the other is present, which made me a little confused at first. But once I got into it, I absolutely got absorbed in everything going on. Also, very important, Jude is a girl. I never see that name used for other girls. So it pleased me, as I am also a Jude.

I recognized both narrators, Julia Whelan from Jessica Park’s Flat-Out-Love - which I loved - and Jesse Bernstein from a few things, but mostly the Percy Jackson series. Which I had just listened to a couple months ago, so my mind kept associating the two of them. And that was a bit awkward. But he’s still really good. I just do not suggest listening to these so close together.

It gets pretty intense. There’s a whole lot of things the siblings are going through. I’m talking family drama, school drama, romance drama. Pretty much all the dramatic things you can think about. But they’re somehow all tied together in super mega drama induced gloriousness.

There’s an amount of ridiculousness to everything going on. But I didn’t even care. I really liked this book. I especially highly recommend it because it’s pride month and you should give into my whims.

⅘ Platypires - Joood - Hooligan

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About the Author

Jandy Nelson's critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling second novel, I'll Give You the Sun, received the 2015 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, Bank Street's Josette Frank Award, and a Stonewall Honor Book Award. Both Sun and her debut, The Sky Is Everywhere, have been YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults picks and on multiple best of the year lists including the New York Times, Time Magazine, NPR, have earned many starred reviews, and continue to enjoy great international success, collectively published in over 47 countries. I'll Give You the Sun has been sold to Warner Brothers and screenwriter Natalie Krinsky is currently writing the adaptation. Jandy, a literary agent for many years, received a BA from Cornell University and MFAs in Poetry and Children's Writing from Brown University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently a full-time writer, she lives and writes in San Francisco, California--not far from the settings of her novels. Visit Jandy at Follow her on twitter: @jandynelson or Facebook: Author photo credit: Sonya Sones.

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