I adore this book. Plainly and simply, I think it is an absolute work of art, with the most gorgeous writing I’ve ever had the pleasure of devouring. It is truly a beautiful story in every possible way, and I cannot push it on you enough. You may have seen the hype, but it can’t compare to the experience of reading this book yourself.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
As an artist myself, I’m always looking for books with artistic characters – so when I stumbled across this one I knew I had to have it. I’d seen a lot of reviews for it, so I had my own expectations, but it managed to surprise me in the best way possible.
It has this insanely beautiful writing style that’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. It’s so unique and engaging, and puts across such strong personality. I got so wrapped up in how surreal and whimsical it is, as well as the strong emotions it produced. Honestly, this book reads like magic.
The story is told through the perspectives of twins Noah and Jude, at different times in their lives. Noah relates the narrative at age 13, and interspersed with this is Jude’s story aged 16. It becomes clear that something has happened in the three years between, and it also doesn’t take long to realise that each twin only has half the story. The more you read of each perspective, the more you are able to fill in the gaps and piece together the story as a whole.
All of the characters are so unique and full of personality that they just burst off the page. I absolutely adore Noah and his crazily wonderful mind, and I definitely have a new answer if I ever get asked which book character I’d most like to meet. Despite not feeling the same connection to her, I also came to love Jude and all her superstitions, and – honestly, every character is just great.
This is a book about love in all its forms. It’s funny, it’s heartbreaking, it made me deliriously happy. It’s packed with amazing quotes and characters and writing that has to be experienced. It’s art.
While it wasn’t in my original review, I simply have to share my favourite quote with you here. I think it illustrates that gorgeous writing I was talking about:
The sky’s gone blue: azure, the ocean bluer: cerulean, the trees are swirls of every hella freaking green on earth and bright thick eggy yellow is spilling over everything.
“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 Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.
Have you read this amazing book? What did you think of the writing style? Let’s talk in the comments!