Heartfelt story with a perfectly interwoven cast of characters make for all the feelings of life to be brought to the surface. Jandy Nelson gave me the sun!
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
5 Kitty Stars!
“Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”
The story is told from dual POV. Noah’s narrative is mostly in the past when the twins are about 13 years old. Jude’s focuses more on the present when they are about 16 years old. Each part goes back and forth through the years to focus on certain events in their lives. Noah and Jude are twins who go from being inseparable to having completely separate lives in a span of a couple of years. They are trying to navigate through life, love, loss, heartbreak, and parental acceptance.
This was awesome! I am so in love with the characters. Noah is an artist in his core. The narrative is so perfect. He paints a picture with his words that is so vivid sometimes you can’t look straight at it. He describes each thing as it happens, but how he sees it in his paintings or sketches. I remember half the book as it really happened, but then I also have all these paintings of people’s head exploding or people vomiting a stream of blue. Jude is a young girl trying to gain acceptance from her peers and her parents. Noah is trying to do the same, but doesn’t seem to care as much. Jude is probably a little more easily influenced. Most of her narrative is later which I can’t really go into much because I do not want to spoil anything. Everything is so beautifully interwoven I would hate to give anything away.
“Or maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people,” I say. “Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.” Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things.”
“I didn’t know you could get buried in your own silence.”
One thing that rang so true in my mind is when Noah was thinking back on the relationship with his father and he says he remembers so many things and all of them were bad. Like his father being hard on him, caring about sports more than his interests, all the feelings of disappointment, etc. instead of remembering the good things like watching animal planet together. I just thought isn’t that so true in life. We remember our defeats, disappointments, embarrassments so vividly, but it’s harder to remember the good things that happen in our lives. While both things were probably so small, the ones we pick up on are the bad feelings. From now on, I will make the effort to focus on the good things no matter how small.
“Sometimes you think you know things, know things very deeply, only to realize you don’t know a damn thing.”
There are quite a few different love stories in this book and all of which are quite lovely. Most of everything that drives the plot is based on a love story.
“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.”
I really loved loved loved this story. I was so captivated by each chapter. Jandy Nelson made me feel like I was going through each situation with them. I felt so connected to both Noah and Jude. It was hard to put it down and now I miss them so much! Nelson’s writing style was something I really loved as well. It is usually a 5 star from me if I can’t stop thinking about the characters and can’t get the story out of my head. I also particularly love if a story perfectly connects pieces together down to the last page. That’s what you can expect fromI’ll Give You the Sun.