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I'll Give You the Sun

We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story. At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. The early years are Noahs to tell; the later years are Judes. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, theyll have a chance to remake their world. This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughingoften all at once. Printz Award Winner Stonewall Honor Book...

Title : I'll Give You the Sun
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ISBN : 9780803734968
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 371 pages
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I'll Give You the Sun Reviews

  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)

    5 Stars

    Overview: Fourth Read:


    This is my favorite book.

    It’s a blanket statement—of course. Ask any bookworm their favorite book and we’ll either ask for more parameters (“What genre? Classics too? Of all time or this year?”) or rattle off four or five. While I’m certainly guilty of that, every time I answer I see this cover in my mind. This is my favorite book.

    Sometimes I wish it was something else. Something akin to Joyce or Tolstoy, so I’d sound a little smarter. Or maybe something not class

    ”Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you've been in before--you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers. You could find your way around in the dark if you had to."




    “I love you,” I say to him, only it comes out, “Hey.”

    “So damn much,” he says back, only it comes out, “Dude.”


    It’s okay, because not every book is for everyone. But this one is for me.

    Or at least, that’s what it felt like. Maybe one day I’ll be able to explain my deeply personal love for this book. How I hadn’t really read a book in three-years, before picking this one up on a whim. How it was one of the first LGBT+ books I read when I was in the middle of realizing I wasn’t 100% straight. How this book made me feel known and helped me process the world around me.

    But all I can say is this: It reignited my love of reading.

    I find the writing beautiful, vivid, creative and something about it just works.

    Jandy Nelson manages to take all the mixed up feelings of being a teenager and somehow puts them into words. That emotion I never could quite name was beautifully illustrated in a way that made my chest ache.

    “People die, I think, but your relationship with them doesn't. It continues and is ever-changing.”


    Noah and Jude are twins who used to be inseparable, but have grown apart as tragedy hits their family. They are completely different, completely dynamic characters. Their progression is some of my favorite character development ever and I loved them both. (Noah seems to be the fan-favorite, but I will defend Jude to the death.)

    I have no artistic ability whatsoever, but the relationship both characters have with art was astounding. Noah especially captures moments in his life by determining how he'd paint them, and what he would name the piece. It’s a compelling way of moving the story forward that matches the imaginative style.

    “What is bad for the heart is good for art. The terrible irony of our lives as artists.”


    One of the romances happens very quickly. And one of the love-interests is a mash up of several bad-boy archetypes. I understand why some wouldn’t like this.

    …but the book is completely aware of it??

    Nelson subverts the tropes, in my opinion. Noah’s whirlwind of feelings is a tool for showing his character mature, as the scope of his emotions change as the romance unwinds. Because the focus is on Jude’s development and her coming into her own self, her perception of her love interest changes and evolves with her. There’s a strong focus on mutual support and respect, while still being able to laugh and love.

    “I don’t want a split-apart,” I say. “I think I need my own soul.”


    The characters make mistakes and some of their actions are horrible. I won’t excuse them, but I’m not supposed to. These actions have consequences that affect all their relationships.

    At its core, this book is about family dynamics. The ever-changing, complicated mess that reminds us how interwoven our lives are. But it’s not condescending or over-the-top, as it discusses these important issues with brevity and humor.

    “We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”


    In summary:

    Recommending this book is odd. Not because I worry about negative opinions or criticisms--- like I said, I understand those, and they are valid. But because I have a separate, personal love for this book.

    But it takes a pretty damn remarkable book to make me love it so deeply… I think my personal love stems from how special this book is artistically. ...more

  • Christine Riccio

    LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. IT MOVED ME SO MUCH IN SO MANY WAYS <3

  • Brian Yahn

    One of the best books I've read in a long long time, I'll Give You the Sun, gave me the chills, gave me a heart attack, gave me everything I ever wanted from a love story.

    (Self-portrait: boy in love with a book)

    The narrators have such fun voices, the writing and use of artistic metaphors is beautiful, and the pacing is amazing. Pretty much everything about this book is perfect. It's essentially Gone Girl meets Romeo and Juliet. The characters connect so cohesively with their incredibly dark-twis
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  • emma

    I’LL GIVE THIS BOOK THE SUN. FIVE SUNS. More than that, if Goodreads had ever answered my impassioned plea to add a sixth star (which I sent by pony express after Ready Player One). (Pony express means mail, right? I’m a fan of that.)

    https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...

    How do I love thee, book? Let me count the ways. (That’s both a reference to this book and an illustration of how difficult it will be to put my intense adoration of it into, like, a semi-coherent review.) (Sidenote: I’ve neve
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  • Liam

    what a truly beautiful book!!

    I CRIED ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT OVER HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS BOOK IS!

    I got so emotionally invested in this book that I became hooked and fell completely in love with it!

    When I first started reading it took a while to get into purely because of how unique the writing style is. But when you do get used to it you see just how amazingly well written this book is.

    One of my favourite things was the way the story was told from different point of views from years apart! It kept me gr
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  • C.G. Drews

    I JUST WANT TO ART NOW. This book has inspired me so much I simply cannot contain the beautifulness of it. It definitely goes down as one of the most BEAUTIFULLY written books ever.

    Although I did have a rocky start with it. I'm a pretty much black-and-white thinker...I'm creative (I write!) but sometimes when things get too metaphorical and lyrical and off-the-universe-imaginative...I LOSE IT. So the beginning of the book had me floundering. I found Noah's chapters really hard to grip onto with

    “I gave up practically the whole world for you,” I tell him, walking through the front door of my own love story. “The sun, stars, ocean, trees, everything, I gave it all up for you.”


    The thing with Noah and Jude is...I relate. Not to the extent of how they buried themselves in dream-shredding lies and secrets. But I just related TO them. They were so real. Everyone in this book is just so darn real. It's like being Jude and Noah. I felt like I was them for their chapters and I just...I could barley contain the thrill of experiencing their world. Even the secondary characters pop off the page with the tinest paragraph. Oscar, G., Brian, the crazy parrot, the parents, the dead grandma...woah. It was so so real and beautiful and messy and cruel and heartbreaking. (I also love their names. NOAH! JUDE! Love it!)

    My only tiny twitchiness came with one half of the romance which is (view spoiler)

    I just want to art, okay? I just need to go away and art after this incredible masterpiece. And I'm already at my library to find The Sky is Everywhere , because I need more of this author in my life. ASAP.

    Jude and Noah are my favourite. Eccentric. Rash. Hateful. Real. Wickedly artistic. Wickedly painful. THEY ARE ADORABLE AND I LOVE THIS BROTHER AND SISTER BOOK MORE THAN ANYTHING. ...more

  • Lola

    Twins are fascinating.

    They can tell me they have magical abilities and can read each other’s minds and feel each other’s emotions and I’m totally going to believe them. To me, the idea of sharing the same DNA with someone else is extraordinary in itself.

    Jude and Noah are extremely close. They may not be alike, but they both dismiss each other’s differences to focus on what they do have in common: art. They both seek pleasure in the imagination and love with the entirety of their hearts. Too much
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  • Juliana Zapata

    Una historia maravillosa, perfectamente narrada, sin una sola frase de relleno, con personajes perfectamente construidos, con un ritmo que no cansa, con frases que llegan al corazón, con imágenes que aportan magia y con un mensaje que te deja una sonrisa en la cara.

    Este es uno de los pocos libros que he leído en los que me encariñé con todos los personajes principales, todos tan diferentes, tan imperfectos y tan reales; es imposible no amarlos, no vivir sus historias, no sufrir con sus errores y
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