I’ll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun

 “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson”

 Synopsis:  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.

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5 out of 5 stars

There don’t seem to be very many YA LGBTQIA+ books out there that are worth reading. Then I come across this gem. It’s beautifully written and engaging, and you can’t help but fall a little in love with both Noah and Jude. 

The story switches with each chapter between Noah’s and Jude’s viewpoint, and back and forth in time. It would be very easy for this to go bad quickly but it works for this book. Noah and Jude are twins who are inseparable growing up until life deals them a tragedy that leaves them barely speaking.

What I liked: The writing in this book is amazing. Not too over the top and realistic enough that you feel like you are experiencing life along side Noah and Jude. That’s what I like best in any book- if it can take me somewhere else. 

Noah and Jude are so close that each knows how best to hurt the other. And they do, as part of sibling rivalry and to wound the other for their perceived part in the tragedy.

What I didn’t like: I got a little confused near the end with the addition of several new characters and had to reread a chapter. After reading again it made sense and so did the addition of those characters.

This book is a Stonewall Award winner for a reason. It’s beautifully written and has a unique story to tell. It’s not cloying like some YA books are and is a tremendous addition to any LGBTQIA+ library. 

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