Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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

Title: I'll Give You the Sun 
Author: Jandy Nelson 
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Dial Books  
Source: ALA Annual 
Format: Paperback 
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary 

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 the first book of Jandy Nelson that I have the chance of giving my time too. I was recommended this book while browsing the shelves of a Barnes and Noble. I had heard good things about this book but after reading it, I hope to tell you great things about it. 

The book is split in a three year time gap with each one being told through different character point of views. This story is one that words do not and will never do it justice, at least from my perspective. This story is one you have to experience for yourself. Jandy Nelson teleports you on a journey where sometimes the person you need most is standing right next to you. 

I have to say that I connected with Noah more than June, but that is just more on a personal level than any other. each have their own story to tell and their own mistakes to live, learn, and try to mend. Jandy Nelson did a marvelous job in connecting these two characters in a three year gap and shows the reader how one is not complete without the other. 

The different relationships throughout the novel is what struck a cord with me the most. With boys, friends, parents, everyone, this was Nelson's moment for me, the moment where this book become much more than words on a page. The idea of comparison, the idea of wanting to give yourself meaning, the idea of giving the sun. 

I know I was late coming to this party but I am also glad that I have finally discovered this book. I felt like I was able to take much more from the book than I would have been able to, had I read it when it first came out. If you haven't read the book, give it a shot. It is one that will leave you thinking, thinking about who you would give everything too, including the sun. 

I give this book 5 souls! 


  1. Great review Chayse, I will definitely be checking out this book asap.

  2. Great review Chayse, I will definitely be checking out this book asap.