I'll Give You The Sun

I'll Give You The Sun

Paperback - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2015
ISBN: 9780142425763


From Library Staff

Twin introvert artists Jude and Noah struggle to maintain a relationship with each other, as well as others, and learn to deal with the hardships of growing up.

Twins Noah and Jude have been each other's closest friends since birth, until a major loss rips them apart. From art and creativity to the loss of a parent, there's something to talk about on pretty much every page. Bring tissues.

Gifted twin artists Jude and Noah, once inseparable, vie for their mother’s attention until the day an accident takes her from them, and their close relationship shatters.

Following on the heels of her amazing, "The Sky is Everywhere," Jandy Nelson brings to life twin teenagers with complicated lives, made more complicated by their mother's death. Both sensitive artists, their work and creativity is described in ways that will take your breath away. The ... Read More »

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May 11, 2018

this book was absolutely amazing. I bought it thinking it would be light vacation reading but boy was I wrong. After finishing it in two days, I had a new understanding about sibling relationships. the book does a fantastic job of tackling the issue of homosexuality and the difficulties of coming out, as well as the ups and downs of having a sibling. you repeatedly find yourself rooting for every main character you meet and fully invest yourself in every story line. I would recommend this book to any young adult who is looking for a meaningful and deep read.

May 01, 2018

The book is a bit slow at the beginning. But once you got into it, my oh my, the characters are so will portraited and their emotions are so sophisticately described. Jude and Noah are such lovely twin siblings.

The story tells us to be true to yourself, and probably don't bear faults that don't belong to you. But who didn't been through this when in their juvenile years, sadly those "sad" episodes are also essential for one to grow and to appreciate. The loves between Noah and Brian, Jude and Oscar are so romantic and just make people "Awww" all the way.

JCLSamanthaC Apr 20, 2018

Reading this story is like eating one of the doughnuts described in it. Every bite is amazing. The complex characters come to life full of flaws making them easy to relate to and identify with as you walk through the vivid world, images and relationships Jandy Nelson paints with amazing skill.

Feb 07, 2018

Okay, so I enjoyed this book. It was very gripping. However, I agree that a lot of the writing was pretty bad. Also, if you're looking for a Fault In Our Stars-esque romance-cry-your-eyes-out thing... meh? It was veeery trudgy and I found it just very hard to get through. I did cry, though. It just wasn't exactly my taste, but I'm sure a lot of people find it very wonderful :)

Jan 23, 2018

I dislike this book so much. This is the first book I'd read from the author so I wasn't a fan of her style. I also didn't like either of the characters. I didn't like Jude. I didn't like the "plot". I didn't feel like this had a plot either. Also, I hate how books always focus on "oh everyone always needs a significant other to be happy". I'm sorry but these are teens! Teens don't need to be in relationships to be happy!

Nov 03, 2017

I first read this book after checking it out from the library. I immediately fell deeply in love with it. The way its written, the characters, the story line, just everything. I found it at the bookstore when I was there with my friend, and i bought it right then. Every time I read it I forget how good it is, and I fall back in love. Its the story of two twins, Noah and Jude, told from two different times (Noah wen they're 13-14, and Jude when they're 16), and the stories weave together in an amazing way. You find something out in one part, and all of a sudden something that happened in the other part makes so much sense. Its beautiful. I would HIGHLY recommend this book.

Jul 03, 2017

Book Review:
This book is a book that everyone can fall in love with. It's full of heart-break, love, sadness, happiness and emotion. My friend recommended this book to me, and once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! It's amazing to see both sides of one story, by two different people. If you are a person with a sibling(s), it's even easier to connect with the story. I myself have two brothers, and "I'll give you the sun" really does show how much siblings care for each other no matter what. I would recommend this book to everyone I know, if I could. Read it! It's worth it!

Jul 03, 2017

DNF @ 100 pages.
I totally understand how many other readers would fall for this book. It's full of emotion, great characterization, and an interesting plot, but there were so many things about it that I just can't stand.
First of all, I hated Jude. From the very beginning, I had a bad feeling about her. She's basic, mean, and always revealing an envious side to her personality. Both twins were rather jealous of the other, but Jude practically radiated waves of envy.
To me, it just seemed that Jude was this extremely petty and overreactive teenager who kissed guys as a hobby.
On the other hand, I loved Noah. He was so dedicated to the artwork he created, and when he was rejected by CSA, I was absolutely devastated. His father expected him to be a "man" and not have to be protected by his sister, but I loved him just the way he was.
Overall, my biggest problem was the distracting metaphorical language. Honestly, I don't want to read about hornets or different-colored barf for half a chapter. Can't we just get on with the plot?
My patience with Jude and the entire story was just dwindling as the chapters dragged on. I think that if I continued, the book may have improved a lot for me, and my thoughts could've been different, but it was just too late. I really was disappointed.

Jun 21, 2017

If you start this book and find it a bit tough, the language somewhat exhausting, I recommend sticking with it until at least until the 35% mark (I read it on my kindle). For me, that's about when I got invested in the story and the characters, and the language got less self-consciously "creative" to the point of distraction. I agree with some of the other reviewers that several of the characters never seem quite real, but it's still a good read.

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 number of coincidences for the secrets to be revealed to allow the family to begin to heal. I must say every time Noah's section ended, I wasn't ready. Then, I would get into Jude's stories and I wouldn't be ready for them to end, either. I was hesitant about the style, especially with the time differences between the character's sections, but it actually worked beautifully to slowly reveal all the secrets.

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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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