I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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19 Critic Reviews

So successful are these elements that the overdetermined, even trite conclusion will probably strike readers as a minor bump in the road. Here’s a narrative experience readers won’t soon forget.
-Kirkus

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The New York Times Bestselling story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, Jenny Offill, Emma Straub, and Rainbow Rowell

“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 are NoahandJude; 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.

This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

Printz Award Winner
Stonewall Honor Book

"A wild, beautiful, and profoundly moving novel. Jandy Nelson’s writing is so electric, so alive, her pages practically glow in the dark." —Ransom Riggs, New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City

"Jandy Nelson is a rare, explosive talent, and one of the best writers working today. Her prose is vivid, breathtaking, and drenched in passion, and her stories remind me why words can change the world." —Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of the Shatter Me series.

"I love this book. Jandy Nelson is my new writing hero. Read this book. She'll be your favorite author as well." —Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s

"Jandy Nelson’s writing is poetic and mesmerizing. More importantly, Nelson weaves a novel that seeps into your bones like fire on a cold day . . . I’ll Give You the Sun is a novel that promises a story like nothing else and then delivers it.” —Garret Freymann-Weyr, author of Printz Honor book, My Heartbeat

"This is a stunning, artfully woven story. My heart burst open at the blazing, unforgettable end. Magnificent." —Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone

"An extraordinary book! I've never read anything like it. Lyrical-unique-passionate-magical-tragic-hopeful—Nelson's characters will fly off the page and into your heart." —Nancy Garden, author of Annie on my Mind


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Jandy Nelson

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Jandy Nelson (www.jandynelson.com) received a BA from Cornell, an MFA from Brown in poetry, and another MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. A literary agent for many years, she is also a published poet. The Sky Is Everywhere is her first novel. Jandy lives in San Francisco.
 
Published September 16, 2014 by Dial Books. 400 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Aug 12 2014

So successful are these elements that the overdetermined, even trite conclusion will probably strike readers as a minor bump in the road. Here’s a narrative experience readers won’t soon forget.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 23 2014

Readers are meant to feel big things, and they will—Nelson’s novel brims with emotion (grief, longing, and love in particular) as Noah, Jude, and the broken individuals in their lives find ways to heal.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 20 2014

Readers are meant to feel big things, and they will—Nelson’s novel brims with emotion (grief, longing, and love in particular) as Noah, Jude, and the broken individuals in their lives find ways to heal.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Lauren Oliver on Nov 06 2014

“I’ll Give You the Sun” is a dazzling mirror, and many grateful teenagers are sure to find themselves reflected in and learning from its pages.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by XoXo, Bookworm_96 on Nov 11 2015

I couldn’t recommend it more! With all of its quirks, I’ll Give You The Sun is beautifully written, with characters that will make you feel through their art and a storyline that will grip your heart. A golden five stars!

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Marcus Sedgwick on Oct 03 2015

...each twin can be privy to necessary pieces of plot. But this aside, I’ll Give you the Sun is an emotionally driven book that takes you to the satisfactory ending you’ll be hoping for.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by GeorgiaOwl2 on Aug 04 2015

Sometimes the metaphors were a little too much but they still made the novel a pleasure to read. It did take me a while to read, as it is quite long, so be prepared to invest your heart in it...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Lattice on Jul 23 2015

I found this book easy to follow so think it would make a great summer read; it’s a real page-turner so you want to start it when you have time to spare. I highly recommend it.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Lifeissweetinbooks on Jul 22 2015

...it could be seen as a new twist on books on twins. However there were aspects of the book that I did enjoy...Alternatively I felt that the twins should not be twins because their stories are so different and the twin thing didn’t really work for me.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Confessionsofabooklover on Jul 19 2015

Whether or not they were Jandy’s intentions, I really think that if you have not read this book, you need to go read it now. I love Jandy Nelson as an author even more now, and I think that if you haven’t tried her books, you are certainly missing out on something spectacular.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by awkward unicorn on Jul 08 2015

Jandy Nelson perfectly captures all the complex emotions that these teenagers are experiencing: longing, regret and utter confusion.

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Good
Reviewed by Laura,thespecialone on Jun 15 2015

By the end of this book I was crying at the whole story as it all begins to make sense and it was just so moving. I would recommend this to almost everyone over the age of 14 as it could be a bit confusing, and it really affected me

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Guardian

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Reviewed by BookRebel on Jun 12 2015

...the ending, how everyone got what they needed. How the problem was resolved, maybe not to perfection but with a hopeful note. I literally started clapping in my room for it. Overall this was an amazing read which I can’t recommend enough.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by hockey_jess on May 07 2015

I really enjoyed how Nelson described the whole area they lived in, it made you feel that you lived this story with them, it was like an old friend coming home.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Tjala on Apr 30 2015

One of the best books I have read in a long time. The book is for fans of romance, but also for people who don't tend to read this genre, because the relationships explored in this book aren't just the romantic kind. I think I might just start reading it again!

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Reviewed by lucyal99 on Apr 29 2015

... I found I'll Give You the Sun to be one of the most captivating books I've read. The combination of Nelson's descriptive writing, in addition to the nature of the plot, makes it incredibly unputdownable...

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Reviewed by spruzie on Apr 19 2015

I'll Give You the Sun is a beautiful book brimming with art, familial love, betrayal and forgiveness. Read it.

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Above average
Reviewed by Valentine on Jan 23 2015

It had its ups and downs, but for me, it was a compelling, involving read that I won't be forgetting anytime soon.

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Excellent
Reviewed by justonemorepage on Nov 29 2014

This book is about many things: grief, sexuality, creativity, bravery, identity, guilt. But mostly it's about love. Be prepared with more tissues than you needed for The Fault in Our Stars, a chunky notebook to scribble down all the quotes and a handful of witty responses when people ask why you're chuckling to yourself in the corner.

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