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.
One of the best YA books I’ve read.
Fantastic characters, dialogue that sizzles with life. Ghosts that break things to try to communicate. Highly original. I can’t recommend it enough for lovers of YA, and for authors who write YA, this is a must read. Practically as near perfect as you can get, incorporating a wonderful mix of art, sculpting, twin sibling, and family relationships, teen experiences, coming out, love, secrets, and the sheer destructiveness of infidelity, in a powerful and emotional mix. The book is told via the alternating viewpoints of twins Noah and Jude who have been devastated by the death of their mother. Noah is struggling with coming out and coming to terms with his sexuality. Jude feels a responsibility to protect her younger brother but there is also jealousy, sibling twin rivalry… A sense that their grief for their mother’s death isn’t fairly shared.
The writing style is unusual, witty, and pretty much brilliant. A total favourite!!
Loved this so much. I hung on each and every word as if I wanted to drill the writing style of the author Jandy Nelson into my inadequate brain. As I couldn’t do this without injuring myself I filled the novel full of yellow post it notes highlighting all the quotes that I adored. There were masses of post it notes, and still are – haven’t taken them out yet!
I loved its quirky little commentaries such as:
‘Every picture taken of you reduces your spirit and shortens your life.’
Eek… Oops perhaps no more selfies!!!!!
An abundance of facial hair indicates a man of an ungovernable nature.
Watch out for those hairy dudes guys!!
When twins are separated, their spirits steal away to find the other.
And quotes like this :
Her whole face is sparkling, especially the emerald-green wings around her icy blue eyes. Her pupils are huge black caves where bats live.
Oh, my lord isn’t that just the best…
And the character description of Guillermo the Sculptor is so amazing and humorous:
He’s a skyscraper, impossibly imposing with his arms crossed now against his chest in a battle stance, studying me like I’m a new life form. Which really is pot meet kettle, because, wow, up close he looks like he just emerged from a pit of quicksand – a total swamp thing.
And the dialogue :
‘I lost the stars and the oceans too,’ I tell him.
‘This is terrible,’ he says his eyes widening inside the clay mask of his face. ‘You are a terrible negotiator. You need a lawyer next time. ‘ There’s amusement in his voice.
I smile at his. ‘ I got to keep the flowers.’
‘Thank God,’ he says.
And this!!! Poor Jude is battling with her boy strike!
Jude thinking about Oscar the Girl-Exhaler…. He’s looking at me in that way of his that should be illegal or patented, and it’s affecting my ability to remember things like my name and species and all the reasons a girl might go on a boy strike.
And loss and sadness:
I find her and find her and find her but I can’t find her.
Noah once told me he could hear horses galloping inside her. I got it.
There are so many quotes I could go on and on… but I don’t want to spoil the book for you.
Just get a copy.
My rating: 5 stars – of course.
See how many awards this book has won via Jandy Nelson’s Authors Website: Jandy Nelson
Have you read I’ll Give You The Sun? Do leave a comment and let me know.
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Bye for now,
Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx
My fun (totally not serious but nevertheless 90% true,) author bio on Wattpad – Link below.
Marjorie Mallon was born in Lion City: Singapore. She grew up in a mountainous court in Hong Kong. Her crazy parents dragged her spotty soul away from her exotic childhood and her much loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. There she mastered Scottish country dancing, haggis bashing, bagpipe playing and a whole new Och Aye lingo. As a teenager she travelled to many far flung destinations to visit her abacus wielding wayfarer dad. On one such occasion a barracuda swam by. It stopped to view her bikini clad body, longing to take a big bite. With dogs' fangs replacing barracudas' teeth, she returned to her mother's birthplace: Kuching, Cat City. There, Blackie, a black-hearted dog sniffed her frightened butt, whimpered and ran away! Shortly after this extraordinary event an angry female Orang-Utan chased her unfit ass out of the Malaysian jungle believing that she was a threat to her babies! She still monkeys about, would love to own a cat, or a replacement Topsy but refuses to entertain murderous dogs, or over-protective monkeys. It's rumoured that she lives in the Venice of Cambridge, with her six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and her two enchanted daughters. After such an upbringing her author's mind has taken total leave of its senses. When she's not writing, she eats exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surfs to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out she practises Tai Chi and Yoga on the crest of a wave. If the mood takes her she goes snorkelling with mermaids, or signs up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes. She is a child of the light and the dark. Her motto is simply this: Do what you love, stay true to your heart's desires, remain young at heart, and inspire others to do so, even if it appears that the odds are stacked like black hearted shadows against you...
Fantastic review, Marje! A tour de force of enthusiasm. I love the picture of the book with all your post it notes and the quotes give such a vivid impression of the writing. No, I haven’t read this but one for the summer I think. Also sending your review to my son as he’s looking out for new books – think this will be a hit.
Yes definitely recommend it 100% Annika. Thanks for commenting, hope you enjoy it if you and/or your son read it. 🙂
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Marjorie Mallon with her review of I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson – YA and the best Marjorie has ever read.
Thanks for the reblog Sally. Great to spread the word about such a fantastic book 🙂
My pleasure Marje.. hugs
Sounds like a great read! Thanks for enticing us Marje. 🙂
I really enjoyed this book, and learned a wonderful new word from its teen heroes – ‘asshat’!
Oh yes most definitely that is a wonderful new word. 🙂
Yes, Marje – I have read it and loved it completely! 🙂 I think Jandy Nelson has a rare gift. I especially loved the descriptions of art – I recall being reduced to tears by one… Fabulous novel.
Absolutely, a rare read. 🙂
Wonderful review! I love the name of the book 🙂
Hi Marje! I loved your review! I loved your image at the top of the post with the book sheltering under a brolly… we’re you reading it in Ireland? And I loved all the quirky quotes and descriptions. This writer sounds unique and talented. In fact I loved everything so much that I just downloaded the book! Can’t wait to start reading it! CHEERS!
Thank you! Thats great. I’m so pleased you’ve downloaded it. I’m sure you’ll love it, Ali. Do let me know your thoughts… 🙂