I received this book for free from Walker Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Published by Walker Books Limited on 2nd April 2015
Source: Walker Books
Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close - until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don't realise is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.
Review: Where do I even start with this book? I loved The Sky Is Everywhere so this was one of my most anticipated releases of 2015 so my expectations were high to say the least.
Love. Family. Art. These seem to the keystones of I’ll Give You The Sun. Nelson writes vividly about art, a love of it, the beauty and destruction of it. It’s a story of siblings, twins, once inseparable and now quite separate. Told in two timelines when the twins are thirteen and sixteen and we learn a lot about Noah and Jude’s .
Nelson’s prose is poetic, literary and yet doesn’t sacrifice feeling for style. I still felt for the characters and the plot, however the plot does feel a little loose at points but I felt that was almost part of the book’s character and didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment. I love the almost magic realist moments and hints within it, the role of family and most of all, Jude and Noah.
Both Jude and Noah are great characters and have really interesting individual storylines. The difference between the three years of the two timelines alters both characters profoundly and it was really striking to compare their actions and feelings at each point.
This is a beautiful, lyrical, special novel and deserves the acclaim it has found. It covers so much; family, friendship, art, inspiration, love, loss and what happens when life doesn’t go according to plan. The way art is treated and held dearly really comes through and is a highlight of the novel. It made me long to pick up some paints or oil pastels, miss Art lessons, wish I could sculpt and just generally create art. I also think Walker Books have done a wonderful replicating this with the cover and physical presentation of the book.
I recommend this novel to those who want to read more lyrical, prosaic YA and yet don’t want to sacrifice the emotions and ‘feels’. A definite recommendation from me.