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Book Review: I'll Give You the Sun

Title: I'll Give You the Sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Genre: YA fiction
Rating: 4.75/5
Reviewer: Em

"Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story."

This book is absolutely stunning in every way. Literally. No joke, I am being 100% serious. Let's start with the characters. Noah, probably one of the most awesome characters ever created (heck yeah!). He's an ama-zhang artist (I love you if you got the HOO reference) and overall nice person who's just trying to be himself. Jude is pretty much the definition of cool. So, you know, basically Wendy (GF reference!). Not the average person just decides to dive off a cliff.

At age thirteen, the twins cannot be separated, but when an art school and strong feelings mix, it turns into a huge mess which results in tension and many unspoken words three years later. 

The plot is so original, and that can be hard to find these days. Also, the ending you'll never see coming, and if you did predict it, I applaud you. I also really like how the author includes such small details, and the twin's different writing styles. It just really refreshing to see, and that little quirk always makes me smile.

This book will not bore you. It radiates drama, heartbreak, tragedy, and romance. I feel that this book is about being yourself, and being selfless and truthful, which can be hard when society is telling you to be someone else, and when the truth is the hardest thing to say that is seems simply impossible. Unspoken feelings are a big thing. I know that hiding the truth is something that everyone might do on a daily basis, and this book really gets deeply into that in a way that I have yet to see in another piece of text.

One part of this novel that I really like is the point of views. Noah tells the story when they are best friends and thirteen years old, and Jude shares her story three years later in time. You go from one chapter of them being the cutest pair of twins, and the next being in a huge ongoing silence. However, I have felt agony when reading a really interesting part, and then not hearing about it till a couple of chapters later! Oh the life of a book lover: those authors really do like those horrible hings called cliffhangers.

Basically, this book is great, and it always will be. I really look forward to rereading it later this year. It is completely worth anyone's time to just sit down, and read it. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. Soon enough, you'll make a book edit for this wonderful book, just like me!

Like books with endings "you'll never see coming"? Then check out Book Review: Wink Poppy Midnight (Julia)!
"This novel is told from three characters' points of views: Wink, Poppy, and Midnight. Wink is the girl who lives on the farm with her many siblings and mother, and believes in spirits and readings and doesn't care much about what others think. Poppy is the beautiful girl whom almost everyone--including herself--loves. However, she is "ugly on the inside". Midnight is the boy who moves across the street from Wink and is caught in the middle of it all. In the middle of what, you ask? Well..."


  1. Sounds like a good book! I like that it's about twins!


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