Friday, May 1, 2015

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

Title: I'll Give You the Sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan (2015)

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 is quite easily one of the best contemporary YA's I have read in a long time. It follows the story of twins Jude and Noah who used to be really close until something happened and changed their lives and relationship forever.

This is an interesting, refreshing novel that has a touch of the supernatural to it without it being overbearing or cliche. I absolutely loved the characters and how both the past and present unfolded from the different twins' point of view respectfully.

What really made me all squishy and happy inside was the art references and the fact that Noah's chapters were marked with paint smears on each page. It was a clever device to tell the difference between each viewpoint and also suited Noah's character.

There is romance and heartbreak and I really recommend this for fans of John Green who want something a bit more substantial to sink their teeth into. The writing is wonderful and at no time ever felt under or overstated. Nelson used just the right amount of words.

I really hope this book achieves wide success and highly, highly suggest that you set aside the time to read it.

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