Book Review: I’ll Give You the Sun

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson - Paperback, 429 pages - Published April 2nd 2015 by Walker Books

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – Paperback, 429 pages – Published April 2nd 2015 by Walker Books

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Oh my Clark Gable. I’ll Give You the Sun is simply amazing. It’s a piece or artwork in itself, a definite new favourite of mine.

Alternating between twins Noah and Jude, I’ll Give You the Sun is two alternating stories that twist together in ways so unexpected and so perfect that you’ll undoubtedly want to read to the end without putting the book down. The Invisible Museum of Noah, aged 13 to 14, and The History of Luck, 16-year-old’s Jude’s story, are amazing on their own, but then they start to fit together so tremendously, and every little thing makes so much sense… I can’t describe how amazing I found this book.

Jude and Noah were close; Noah was always painting, inside his head and out, and Jude was out being a badass daredevil, and building her flying women in the sand. But a horrific accident involving their mother sends them both tumbling, and the relationship between them is ruined.

But although all hope seems lost, the now-boycotting Jude finds the answer in such an unexpected way and suddenly everything falls back into place.

And Noah, after having his heart ripped out by his own actions, has to decide between telling the truth about his mother or keeping her secrets hidden beneath lies.

I love the style and layout of this book. The cover alone is wonderful, but the pages themselves are all so unique and interesting, I loved it at soon as I turned to the first page. It’s not too busy or intricate, just simple little doodles and such giving each page a bit of character. And every cover I’ve seen is nice and minimalistic too. (If you want to look the book up and see the over editions and covers you can look at it on Goodreads.)

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A story of family struggles, individual troubles, love and heartbreak, I’ll Give You the Sun is simply beautiful. I’m dying to read it again, even after finishing it just ten minutes ago! A full 5 stars for this gorgeous book.




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