Have you ever spotted a painting from across the room and knew deep down you had to get closer? That pull of a painting or piece of art is one of my favorite things to feel in life. It’s a force I’ve never been able to fully explain. When that type of magic happens you learn to just go with it. Follow it. That pull is here in this book. Jandy Nelson’s, young adult novel, I’ll Give You the Sun is a work of art.
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 dare-devil Jude cliff-dives, wears red lipstick and does the talking for both of them.
But three years later, Noah and Jude 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 find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
Two beautiful, hilarious voices are woven together to tell a story through time, love, and fate. Each voice and personality add a new brand of intensity, pain, and slash of smile.
Noah will have you with this line. “I love pizza, meaning: Even when I’m in the middle of eating pizza, I wish I were eating pizza.”
As well as cracks of humor, this book will make you wonder if we are all meant to meet and collide with people through love or through hurt.
“Or maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people. 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.” – Jude
I’ll Give You the Sun is a beautiful book brimming with art, familial love, betrayal and forgiveness.