- Reading level: 14+ years
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Walker Books (1 April 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781406326499
- ISBN-13: 978-1406326499
- ASIN: 1406326496
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I'll Give You the Sun Paperback – Apr 2015
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[A] breath taking, powerful roller-coaster story * INIS magazine * Does the almost impossible and improves upon the skill and beauty of The Sky is Everywhere -- Louise O'Neill, author of Only Ever Yours * INIS magazine * Exceptional . . . a big, intense emotional rollercoaster. . . it is a novel of family conflict and resolution, coming of age, sexual orientation, bereavement; a story of love, at and wonder. Don't miss it * The Bookseller * An emotional roller coaster of a novel that explores love, relationships, desolation and hope as two twins try to find their way back to each other after a tragedy. Highly recommended. * The Book Bag * Jandy Nelson captures not only the language of the modern teenager. . . but also the lightning fast thought processes including the pinball-like way that their emotions switch from for to against. * nudge books * Dazzling * New York Times * This book will tear through you like a hurricane, leaving you in ruined awe * The Huffington Post * This (technically) young-adult novel jubilantly holds its own against the fall's grown-up offerings, with dead-on insights about surviving youth-and family * O, the Oprah Magazine * You'll feel this book in a big way * TeenVogue.com * A blazing, prismatic explosion of color . . . Nelson's gifts in tackling huge subjects - death, grief, all-consuming love - with humor and gravitas will draw comparisons to the two reigning superstars of non-apocalyptic YA lit, John Green and Rainbow Rowell. But the intensity of her writing stands alone . I'll Give You the Sun is that rare, immersive teen novel: To read it is a coming-of-age experience in itself. * Entertainment Weekly * My April book of the Month, and one of this year's outstanding YA novels: this is an intense, breathtaking story of two siblings and of love, death, art and wonder. Fiona Noble The Bookseller -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * It is hardly news that YA fiction is all the rage but it is worth stating that it is deservedly so when books like this are being published. [...] this is one of the most relevant and enjoyable books I have read in a long time. -- Hot * Hot * `I'll Give You The Sun is a breath-taking novel for young adults from the highly acclaimed writer Jandy Nelson. Hailed as `the next John Green', it quickly becomes apparent why that's the case. Her characters have that same jump-right-off-the-page-and-into-your-heart thing going on. We become wrapped in them as we discover the truths of their minds and hearts. . . For me, these characters are more visceral, more believable, and more human than in anything else I've read. There is so much going on in this book it fills you up and makes you breathless. Noah's character spoke to me in particular; my only gripe with this wonderful book is that I would have loved to have it finish from his point of view. That said, I love it, and I urge you to read it. This is one of those books that if you let it; will change how you see yourself and those around you.' -- Julie Stirling * We Red Writer * My April book of the Month, and one of this year's outstanding YA novels: this is an intense, breathtaking story of two siblings and of love, death, art and wonder. -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * A radiant novel that will leave you laughing and crying - all at once. -- World Book Day * World Book Day * A compelling read. -- Reading Zone * Reading Zone * I reckon it's the best I've read in a long time. Jandy Nelson manages to create an absorbing story not just about brother/sister love, jealousy and rivalry, but if relationships in all their permutations written in a unique style that I found very moving and totally engaging. I would urge people to read it as it's one of those books that stay with you and I will certainly be reading Jandy Nelson's first novel The Sky is Everywhere as, if this book is anything to go by, she is an extremely talented writer. -- New Books Magazine * New Books Magazine * Nelson really gets inside the teenage mindset, particularly the way her characters struggle with love and relationships. The characters and their voices are so vivid and imaginative, it's hard not to relate to them as if they were real, so despite my initial misgivings, I was still thinking about this a long time after I finished the last page. Highly recommended. -- The Book Bag * The Book Bag * This is a long book but worth every second of the journey. -- LGBT YA * LGBT YA * Touching and heartfelt tale of twins for fans of John Green. **** -- Heat Magazine * Heat Magazine * Stands out in a young adult genre. Intense and wonderful, this is a book to savour. -- Absolutely Wimbledone * Absolutely Wimbledone * If you love words and those who use them beautifully, this is your book of the year. -- Mountains of Instead * Mountains of Instead * I found I'll Give You the Sun to be one of the most captivating books I've read. -- The Guardian Online * The Guardian Online * The words flowed like a poem. Everything was so easy to visualise, so real. The storyline is so crisp and different, so easy to read and not stop reading... -- The Guardian Online * The Guardian Online * Nelson is definitely one to watch -- S Magazine * S Magazine * This is young adult realism in Technicolour, saturated with light and punctuated with darkness [...] Nelson is producing the kind of YA books you don't have to be young to read. -- The Herald * The Herald * Overall this was an amazing read which I can't recommend enough. -- Guardian Children's Book Site * Guardian Children's Book Site * Each twin speaks in turn through this tale that keeps you wondering which one of them is the reliable narrator. -- Independent Bookshop Week supplement * The Guardian * This tense, moving and vivid YA novel should appeal to older teenagers who love to immerse themselves in character, language, art, and emotion. * The School Librarian * An immersive read about love, grief and sculpture, Nelson, who started out as a poet, writes beautifully. -- Sarah Webb * Irish Independent * Sensual, heart-rending and quirky, this novel is powerfully and poetically told. * Armadillo Magazine * A rollercoaster story that will pick all readers up and sweep them along in a story that is romantic, tragic, funny and profound. * Love Reading 4 Kids * Original, ambitious and full of richness and colour, from the author of The Sky Is Everywhere. -- Imogen Russell-Williams * Teens on Moon Lane * Tough and teary with some challenging moments as the revelations come thick and fast for the grand finale, you'll probably end up reading this yourself (and loving every minute) - it's the sort of book teens will want to discuss for some time after reading. And then they'll probably want to talk about it some more. -- Damian Kelleher * Dad.info * The book reads like a surreal painting, some gorgeous work of art you might sigh at in a museum, particularly in Noah's narratives, as he paints the world in his mind [...] If you love YA, then definitely pick up a copy of I'll Give You The Sun. Hell, grab a copy even if you don't like YA. You will not regret it. -- Laura Fulton * Maximum Pop! * Unusually structured and poetically written, I'll Give You the Sun is the story of life, loss and art as twins Noah and Jude each give their perspective on the deterioration of their once close relationship over the course of three years. This is an incredibly visual, quirky and imaginative tale; although the style may not be for everyone, the characters of Jude and Noah are so real and relatable, it is impossible to avoid being drawn into their story. A heartbreaking and heartwarming tale. * Inis Reading Guide * In the same vein as Nelson's first novel, The Sky is Everywhere, this is an achingly beautiful story for fans of Rainbow Rowell, John Green and Gayle Foreman. Make sure you keep some tissues close by. * The Scotsman *
About the Author
Jandy Nelson’s books have been published all over the world. I’ll Give You the Sun has been optioned by Warner Bros. The Sky Is Everywhere, Jandy’s debut novel, was selected as a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults title and a Junior Library Guild Selection as well as being longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Jandy lives in San Francisco and is madly in love with California, how it teeters on the edge of the continent. Follow Jandy on Twitter @jandynelson or visit her online at www.jandynelson.com.
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This is going to be a long post so brace your selves.
Sometimes there comes around a book which makes you Feel. You might not read it at first, you might find it boring or you might be afraid to dive into that sea of emotions. This is one of those books.
It will make your heart wrench, it will make you cry, it will give you a certain sadistic pleasure because you start enjoying that feeling of turbulent pain washing over you.
I usually never do long reviews on books, I am too lost when I finish a one. But this story is something else. I had to hug myself to stop the shivers- from the cold as well as the chills of living in the lives of the protagonists. Thank you Jandy Nelson, for this masterpiece.
It is second contemporary novel from Jandy Nelson, this book has won several awards like Printz award, a stonewall honour book award, Josette frank book award etc. I am absolutely in love with Jandy Nelson’s writing. She has a way of pulling you in and keeping you there, no matter how long the chapters/parts are.
“I’ll give you the sun” follows twins Noah and Jude, as they grow apart and meet again among mistakes and difficult family dynamics.
The story is told in dual prospective in two different timelines, Noah when he is 13 years old and Jude when she is 16 years old. They had a perfect family but something terrible happens which just tear their family apart, which sets an alternating point of view to the novel, before the tragedy and after the tragedy.
I love that how the story comes together in the end and making sense that why it is written in two different prospective.
The writing is bit magical realism for both protagonists, how they describe art and surrounding is just magical. I also really enjoyed the spiritual aspects of this book. And the artistic side! Oh my, I loved it!
This book comes under LGBTQ, Noah is gay and whole story does not revolve around his sexuality. It covers family, friendship, love betrayal etc. this is a perfect YA book.
Overall this is the second-best novel I have read in LGBTQ category after Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe and it’s probably the best contemporary i read this year. I gave 5 stars to this book on goodreads. This book is everything. It is insightful, artistic, deep, emotional, colourful, and brilliant. I recommend this book to everyone. And read it with tissues.
Romance ✔️ - Noah and Jude, both their love interests were beautifully described and portrayed.
Family ✔️ - The family bonds were so beautifully portrayed, they made me cry. It was the essence of the book.
Suspense ✔️ - The mystery in this book was beautifully woven with the perfect pace.
Heartbreak and tears ✔️ - There were those special moments in the book which actually made you feel.
Amazing characters ✔️ - The character development was amazing and it seemed as if you actually witnessed the characters grow through the years.
An unforgettable end ✔️ - The end, it made me cry. The perfect paced story got the perfect end, neither too sad nor too good.
The characters were amazing to the point that they weren’t even fictional or maybe to a point that they made me feel that I was fictional. My favorite character was of course Noah, who is a young artist and is falling in love for the first time. He is himself. Just himself. He is gawky, gay and introverted but he doesn’t try to be anyone else.
Jude is becoming a young woman and carrying her wilderness as well as dealing with her daily mood swings and taking risks. She begins to covet what little Noah has of his own: their mother’s love, a spot in a famous art achool and even Brian.
All the supporting characters are also beautifully weaved and thought to a point that they are alive. The story is told sometimes through a sob and sometimes through a scream. It’s a story that made me feel alive and I wasn’t even reading it. I was living it.
And another thing I would like to talk about is, the realistic element in the story. Trust me, Noah and Jude are the most flawed teenage characters I have ever read. And they have flawed relationships. But that is the thing, right? Not even one of us is perfect and we have our flaws and flawed relationships. I can’t think of more flawed, broked and fragile characters that exist in YA fiction. And it’s just gorgeous.
The portrayal of art and the way it touches people’s life will leave you stunned. I honestly am not a that great artist myself but I was amazed by the effect of it on the characters’ life and how it breaks them and still remakes and changes them is beautiful. Art is itself a character in the book.
The romances in the book are soul-crushing and heart shattering. It’s not insta love but it’s close to that and yet Jandy Nelson’s writing breaks all rules and makes you believe and fall in love.
I can go on and on with this book but let’s not 😂. If you want a book with the feels then this should definitely be on the top of your TBR list. I don’t really have any complaints with the book. And I am sure that it’s gonna be on my 2017-Favourite-Books-List as well.