I’ll give you the sun – Jandy Nelson
Title: I’ll give you the sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
My rating: ★★★★★
The Dutch (Young Adult) book community has been buzzing about this book all year so I was really curious about it. As usual I got myself the English copy and this week I decided it was a good moment to read a young adult novel.
What the book is about
Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and 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.
What I think about the book
The book has been divided into chapters where Noah and Jude each tell part of the story. In their younger years, NoahandJude sometimes appear to be one soul in two bodies, like real twins. They’ve got many inside stories/jokes that only they know about. Like how they can’t play rock-paper-scissors together or how they’ve divided the world between them. There are some things that only they know.
At 16 Jude and Noah they are barely speaking to each other. It is hard to figure out why things have changed the way they did. Was it love? Or their mother? Did something else happen? Why didn’t Noah get into CSA while he is obviously a brilliant artist? It is almost as if the two of them have swapped personalities at a certain point. Isolated Noah becomes popular and outgoing, while daredevil Jude turns into an introverted girl who lives most of her life in fear. In the beginning of Jude’s part of the story nothing seems to make sense.
I really loved how both stories come together at one point and how you find out what happened exactly and why. At one point all the pieces of the puzzle seem to fit back together again. I love how this book is full of emotions. There’s happiness, sadness, anger, guilt, grieve, jealousy and many other emotions to struggle with. It is not just another happy story about these teenage twins, but the book deals with many different topics. Not all of them are pleasant, but they are all part of life. I love it when an author finds a good way to deal with all of that in a young adult novel. I bet lots of teenagers can relate to Noah, Jude and their friends.