I'll Give You the Sun

I'll Give You the Sun

Book - 2014
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"A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
ISBN: 9780803734968
Branch Call Number: YA NELSON
Characteristics: 371 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: I will give you the sun


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This is one of her books that has received massive acclaim, but a better reason to read it is because you're in the mood for a fantastic story.

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ArapahoeTiegan Oct 12, 2017

G - Jude and Noah are twins who used to be really close. Between Noah's story and Jude's, told three years apart, the story is revealed.

ArapahoeTiegan Jun 07, 2017

A very beautiful story about grief and how different people handle it, but how everyone has their secrets. The Sweetwine family kept holding on to their secrets after a family tragedy, and those secrets made them all separate islands in their lives, unable to talk to each other. It takes quite a ... Read More »

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Nov 27, 2019

This book is unlike everything I've ever read. All books affect you differently - but this one is definitely something special. So, so beautiful and concise. It's very transformative in terms of how you view family relationships and growing up. I highly, highly recommed at least giving it a try.

Jul 07, 2019

Writing quality was so poor compared to everything else I was reading that I just had to put it down. From what I've heard the story is beautiful but I just could not get over the rubbish writing.

JCLTiffanyR Apr 19, 2019

I was wowed by this book and it's landed a firm spot on my top ten best books of all time list! Nelson's prose is vivid and lyrical. I found myself sucked into the story of Noah and Jude, fraternal twins and gifted artists. Their story of estrangement and familial dysfunction seeped into my soul as I grew to truly care for the twins and their struggles, like they were part of my own family. I'll Give You the Sun is one of the best depictions of what it must be like to have an artist's soul that I've ever experienced, written by one of the most talented authors I've ever come across. Those that say YA is lowbrow haven't read I'll Give You the Sun.

Mar 29, 2019

Really beautifully written. The main characters are teenagers but I read it as an adult and could still absolutely relate to it.

Jan 29, 2019

This book is simply amazing. It captures the feelings of the characters very well, and though a lot of people complain that Nelson uses too many metaphors in this book, I don’t mind them at all. I actually really like them. Brian and Noah’s relationship is very cute, though heart wrenching in some scenes. The change of personality over the years with Noah and Jude is very interesting, and the crossovers as well. I loved this book and I really recommend it.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 16, 2019

Enthralling and beautiful. Recommend to realistic fiction fans.

liljables Jan 03, 2019

This book was an absolute pleasure. I don't have a twin, but my brother and I are only 11 months apart, so I found Noah and Jude's relationship - the ups and the downs - vividly familiar. I really enjoyed the narrative style, going back in forth both in time and between the two characters. Noah and Jude feel like real teenagers, and their voices are beautifully written.

Bonus: as an adult reader, I was seriously vibing on Guillermo - hubba hubba.

Nov 21, 2018

I loved the structure of this book and how it switched between two perspectives, but not jarringly so. I really liked the writing style of this book as well and it made reading the reading experience more vivid and enjoyable. The wording for some parts seems as though it could not be more perfect and fitting for the story and was overall very satisfying. I loved how complex the characters were, even the ones who weren’t main ones. Everyone had something especially distinct about them it was like their essence was jumping off the page whenever they were present in the story. I also enjoyed would have to piece different perspectives of the story together to get the whole picture -@ClockworkReader of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This book is the type that wants to make you fall in love. It’s about the lives of two twins, and how they fall apart, only to connect again. It’s so beautifully written, and the diversity of one of the main characters being a homosexual is very refreshing. I especially loved the unique, two perspectives that this book was written in. It was very interesting to outline the difference in the way the two main characters lived and thought of things. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the way the author worded some things. Most of the wordplay and imagery was clever, but sometimes, it just had to be a little more clear. All in all, I would rate this book a 6/10.
@Sonorous of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

I’ll Give You the Sun is a book about two twins who were inseparable, but when something happens, they begin to grow apart. The story is told from both twins, Noah and Jude. Noah shares his side of the story from when they were younger, and Jude shares her side of the story from when they are older. I personally really enjoyed how the author was able to connect their sides of the story together even though they are told from a few years apart, the author was still able to make it flow and make sense to the reader. I also really enjoyed the story itself, even if it was a simple story line, I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out what would happen next and had a hard time putting the book down. Overall, I really enjoyed the writing style, story line and how the author chose to tell the story. I think it’s a book that everyone should read at least once in their life, and especially if you enjoy books that have a simple story line for you to follow or you want a relaxing/peaceful book to read. 4/5. @novelidea of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Nov 02, 2018

The danger of secrets. WOW, that's all I could summarize it to. One of the most sacred bond-twins, are broken over apparently selfishness. However these act of selfishness also have a sacrificial element to it. They all done horrible things, some may say Jude is more evil, while Noah is... however, at the end, they both lie to protect their family hanging on a string. I find the parents somewhat responsible. The mom seems semi-neglectful/abusive. As with any sibling, they always think their parents love them less. As with story from different perspective, the truth tend to get muddled. But, I believe the mom overlooked Jude, abandoned her, and slut-shamed her own daughter. The dad isn't much better, constantly belittle his son for not being manly enough, shown strong favorite toward Jude etc. the family relation is just WOW

I have mixed emotions about the dead grandma ghost. On one hand is a nice way to add conversations and descriptions, but it doesn't seem very healthy. Both of the kids complete 180 flop also seems overly dramatic. This is one of those book with a kinda complete plot with mini links in there.(it actually reminded me of the Great Expectation with its wide range of time and people) the author do somewhat overuse metaphor, this led to some confusion and sometimes does the opposite making the things described seems unrealistic

Oct 21, 2018

No other author has been able to capture angst, change, and heartbreak so well.

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Jul 03, 2017

Noah: "Mom has a massive sunflower for a soul so big there's hardly any room in her for organs. Jude and me have one soul between us that we have to share: a tree with its leaves on fire. And Dad has a plate of maggots for his."

Jul 21, 2016

"I want to grab my brother's hand and run back through time, losing years like coats falling from our shoulders. Things don't really turn out like you think."

Jul 21, 2016

"Quick, make a wish. Take a (second or third or fourth) chance. Remake the world."—Jandy Nelson, I'll Give You the Sun

Jun 02, 2016

"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."

ellensix Oct 09, 2015

"Quick, make a wish. Take a (second or third or fourth) chance. Remake the world."
—Jandy Nelson, I'll Give You the Sun

Jul 21, 2015

“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.”

Jul 10, 2015

Take a (sexond or third or fourth) chance.
Remake the world.


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siammarino Oct 02, 2015

Noah and Jude are twins whose parents split up. This is a great story, told alternately in both of their voices, about growing up, sibling jealousy, coming out, dealing with divorce, and what it's like to be an artist and an outsider. Colorful and emotional language.

LibraryK8 Mar 09, 2015

Jude and Noah are twins who share more than just the same birthday, they share the world. The two are incredibly close and share their secrets, friends, talents and more. A novel told from two perspectives, in two different times in the twins' lives, I'll Give You The Sun shows the rift that came between the twins, then shows the reader the trauma that began their separation.

In middle school, Noah and Jude prepare their applications for art school at the urging of their mother, an art journalist. When their mother praises Noah's art without even looking at Jude's the twins know who is her favorite, driving a wedge between them. The distance only gets farther when Jude kisses a boy that Noah likes at a party. The chasm is cemented when their mother passes away that summer.

In high school, Jude feels like an outsider at art school, unable to make her hands communicate what she wants to say. Her sculptures are all mysteriously broken, falling off shelves, cracking in the kiln. Jude it is convinced it is the vengeful spirit of her mother taking revenge on Jude for a past wrong-doing. Meanwhile, Noah languishes in pubic school. He has stopped drawing, and stopped talking to Jude as he slowly fades away.


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