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A Stunning Read | Book Review: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’m on a roll – I’ll Give You the Sun is definitely a must-read of this year. SO FREAKING GOOD.

Book Review: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Title & Author: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, GLBT

Release Date: September 16, 2014

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Dial

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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.”

A Total “Wow” Book

I’ll Give You the Sun is one of those books that stays with you. It’s powerfully written and simply unforgettable.

The book is divided into chapters told from Noah in the past and Jude in the present. The story is more about their relationship than anything else. How they went from being inseparable twins to distant almost-acquaintances.

But because their relationship ties all their pieces together, the book’s about their art, their mom, their rivalry and competition, their loves. The story is simple and complex at the same time. It will sweep you off your feet with its brilliance and beauty.

I’ll Give You the Sun does what a lot of books can’t do – it makes everything come full circle in a way that avoids cliches and predictability. I loved every single bit of this book, and I was sucked in to this magical world where a brother and sister re-claim the Earth and divide it up between themselves – trees, stars, ocean…and the sun.

There is no other book out there like this one, and I cannot emphasize enough how badly everyone needs to read it. It’s that evangelical zeal coming on…

Other things I adored about the story:

  • How Noah mentally paints a person or situation and titles it
  • How the story perfectly encapsulates the love and hate that can happen simultaneously with family
  • Coming to terms with who you are and what that means for your life
  • The portrayal of art as expression and freedom and pain

“I don’t know how this can be but it can: A painting is both exactly the same and entirely different every single time you look at it. That’s the way it is between Jude and me now.”


This book is an absolute must read. It immediately went on my Best Books of 2014 list for the year so far, and I’m simply raving about it to everyone I know. If you’re looking for a book that’s deep and powerful and beautiful, look no further. You must read I’ll Give You the Sun.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Ariel Price

    This sounds super good! It sounds similar to Every Day by David Levithan, which I loved. Thanks for the review!

    • Ariel – I cannot say enough good things about this book! I read and liked Every Day too! This book definitely has that sort of super unique perspective 🙂

  • Rose Deniz

    I *CAN’T* wait to read this. So happy to hear that you loved it!