Roaring Reviews: Jandy Nelson’s “I’ll Give You the Sun”


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Winner of the 2015 Printz award, I’ll Give You The Sun is a must read. Told from dual perspectives of twins Noah and Jude, this book is truly something new. The plot is ridiculous, romantic, intricate, and astounding, but the style of writing is what really sets this Young Adult novel apart from the rest. With more metaphorical language than humanly possible and the most beautiful imagery, Jandy Nelson has given a brain to the YA section and it is radiating light, love and intelligence.

We begin this journey through the eyes of Noah Sweetwine at age thirteen when he and Jude, his twin sister, are tighter than ever. Noah wants nothing more than to attend the Art School near their house so he can be with other talented self acclaimed weirdos. He sees paintings in his head and part of the reason he is such a fun narrator is he describes things in the overly dramatic hyperbolic way he perceives the world.

When the shift occurs Jude takes over as our narrator, describing her sixteen year old world and struggling with the fact that her brother barely speaks to her due to the fact that she was accepted into the art school that did not accept him. Now she is the weirdo and he acts like a normal teenage boy without artistic vision seeping out of his every pore.

From hearing the collective viewpoints the audience is challenged to discover what exactly happened during the time in between the two time zones that caused such a break in the relationship of the twins. I personally enjoyed every moment of this book and give it nine point four paws out of ten. Getting to know these siblings was such a pleasure and this whole book is just so rewarding. I highly, highly, recommend.

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