At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.
Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.
The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.
This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
- Beautifully written– Jandy Nelson is truly beyond talented. I can not recall a time when I read a story that was beautifully written.
- Characters– I truly appreciated all the characters but I have a soft spot for Jude. I enjoyed reading his side of the story the best. Jandy Nelson has a great way of making her characters come alive. I felt so connected to all the characters and I truly cared about their well-being.
- Art– I can not recall ever reading a book where art and creativity is such an essential part of the story. I loved reading about the art world and about characters who were passionate about it.
- The relationships– It was interesting to read about all of the relationships in the story. Obviously I was more invested in the sibling relationship between Jude and Noah but I also appreciate the romantic relationships as well. It was also a huge bonus that the parents are a large part of the story!
- Character growth– I’ll Give You the Sun takes place over a few years so it allows the reader to see how the characters grow and change of time.
I truly can not come up with anything that I disliked. I instantly added this book to my favourites list and I only do that with books that are pretty much perfection in my mind!
“I didn’t know you could get buried in your own silence.”
“Or maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people,” I say. “Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.” Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things.”
“In one split second I saw everything I could be, everything I want to be. And all that I’m not.”
Obviously I recommend I’ll Give You the Sun! The writing is fantastic, and the story itself is very moving and touching. I felt so connected to the characters that now that the story is over I kind of miss them. I do want to point out that this kind of writing may not be for everyone. It is very lyrical and metaphorical so if that is not something that you usually enjoy I would suggest reading the first chapter just to see what you think about it!
33 thoughts on “Review- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson”
Wonderful review! I adore this book!
Thank you! It is a special book!
Great review! I liked Jude the best as well and the relationships and how they all intertwine and effect their lives is so beautiful!
Thank you! I have such a soft spot for Jude! The story is so well done. I was blown away?
so glad you liked this book so much! 😍 great review!
unfortunately the book didn’t go that well for me, but well, sometimes it is like it is 😂
Thank you! I knew as I was reading it that it wouldn’t be for everyone!
Thank you!! 😊
This book is amazing!! It is ethereal! I loved it so much!! <3 I can only "dislike" the ending as it all happened too fast… but it is not "dislike" is more like… I wanted a bit more haha
Great review for an amazing book!
I would have loved a bit more as well! Thank you 😊
We should get a sequel… Haha
Thank you for the awesome review! Off to add this book to my TBR. 😉
Yay! You won’t regret it!
Eepp! So happy you enjoyed it! I’ve only read The Sky is Everywhere and I loved it so I can’t wait to pick this book up! Amazing review!
I can’t wait to read The Sky is Everywhere! Thank you!
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a loooong time but was always hesitant so thank you for this review!!
Of course! I don’t think you will regret reading it! 😊
Great review! I love the way you set up your reviews with the division between likes and dislikes; it’s a cool format.
Thank you!! 😊
You’re welcome! 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed the book!!
I also find the writing really lyrical, and I adored the development of Jude and Noah’s relationship. The only word I can think of to aptly describe the book is MAGICAL. This book was somehow magical without containing one ounce of magic. <3
Magical is truly the perfect word for it!
Great review, this book sounds really good and it has such a pretty cover.
Thank you! It is excellent!!
Wonderful review! I love this book so much, I’m glad you liked it! I totally agree with everything on your ‘like’ list, especially the art- this book is so lyrical and colorful, it was incredible.
Thank you! I was blown away by it!
Great review!! I loved how art was so central to this story and the characters were amazing!!
I know! I want to read more books like it!
You have such a great way of putting your thoughts into words. Amazing review!
Aw thank you so much!
love this review so much???????? this seems like a beautiful book with lots of platonic love rep. (my favorite) and i’m so excited!!!! especially bc you have no dislikes and THOSE QUOTES!!!!
Thank you!! This book is everything! Its beyond beautiful! You are going to love it!!!