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I'll Give You the Sun Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B007HUD5N0
- Publisher : Dial Books (16 September 2014)
- Language: : English
- File size : 1340 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #113,066 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
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“Hey Ashleigh, how does it feel to be in the 1% of the population that doesn’t absolutely adore this book?”
Pretty odd actually. Because I was so convinced I’d love it.
Don’t get me wrong, I liked it. But that’s my point. It’s good, it served its purpose, but unfortunately I fell for the “too much hype” demon that can take over our reader minds.
(Yes, that’s a thing)
I can definitely see why so many people would love this book. I mean, it does tackle so many issues and feelings. There’s the LGBTQ+ aspect to start with, the complicated family life, the loss of a loved one etc etc. And I did appreciate that a lot. Of course I did. Especially that last one. Every issue was handled in a realistic and respectful way, making them a normal part of everyday life. And if one of the issues isn’t a part of your everyday life? Well, you’d have no problem understanding what it feels like to go through with this book.
“No one tells you how gone gone really is, or how long it lasts.”
The good thing is, I know exactly what it was that put me off this book. That’s a good thing? Yes, because I can explain myself.
For one, how the story is told really added a lot of confusion for me. Not in the I-don’t-understand-what’s-going-on sense, more in a why-in-the-world-is-this-happening sense. There’s such an abundance of over-active imagination in this writing. Doesn’t sound like a bad thing, I know . But when normal scenes are suddenly described as some sort of imagined fantasy world, I’d just think “wait what?". I mean, one minute the scene would be ordinary, the next, this is happening:
“He floated into the air high above the sleeping forest, his green hat spinning a few feet above his head. In his hand was the open suitcase and out of it spilled a whole sky of stars.”
But oh wait no, they just imagined it. My bad. And when each character is calling themselves crazy every so often, I actually started to wonder whether this book is about some sort of mental illness or whether it’s just because both characters are artists and are constantly imagining paintings etc. Apparently it’s not mental illness, it’s a lot of imagination. But the fact that I wasn’t sure until I looked through the genres really unnerved me, and made me feel a bit awful, because I feel like I should’ve known the difference.
I know the imagination stuff is probably why most people love it. Maybe it’s just a lack of imagination on my behalf (though I highly doubt it, since I practically have my own fantasy world going on in my head). Either way, not for me.
The other thing? So many bad events. Again, I know this is probably a good thing because so many issues are tackled and YES OF COURSE THAT’S GOOD. But I think it just overwhelmed me a little bit because both characters focused on the bad things so much, so the entire book just seemed like a bit of a grey cloud.
But like I said, I DID ENJOY THIS BOOK. I know I just went on a not-so-good ramble. But I just feel like I needed to explain it.
One thing that always interested me was the difference in formatting every so often. I seem to have a thing for interesting formats, so the paint splatters, painting titles and superstitious notes embedded all the way through were intriguing to me. They also added the personality of each character to the pages, depending who’s point of view you’re reading from.
The change in perspectives also made the story more mysterious. With Noah writing from the age of 13/14, and Jude from the age of 16, the mystery of what happened between them really kept the pages turning. I wanted the story to be pieced together, I needed to know what happened to cause everything to break so much.
And wow, do I get it. This is such a complicated family story, full of betrayal and lies, love and loss, anger and forgiveness. Nothing failed to shock me. Somehow I never found myself thinking something else was going to happen, so then it’d hit me full force and I had no choice but to continue on to see what happens. I especially didn’t expect all the characters to connect up as they did.
I just wish this book hadn’t been hyped up to me quite as much as it had been. Yes, I enjoyed it. I don’t regret reading it. I’m giving it a good rating. I just don’t think it was as phenomenally groundbreaking as everyone else seems to think, unfortunately.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. The language is very interesting and unique- Jandy Nelson has a very distinctive turn of phrase which makes her novels so different from a lot of young adult fiction. It's very refreshing to see that her characters are all suitably flawed and are given both sympathetic and unsympathetic moments. A lot of novels tend to side with their protagonists over every matter, while Nelson is able to paint their actions as flawed while giving them a believable reason to behave in the way they do. Overall, Jude's chapters were easier to read for me than Noah's were, I found Noah to be quite selfish and whiny at times. Jude was very reminiscent of Nelson's previous protagonist from 'The Sky is Everywhere', Lennie, but she brings a certain charm and tragedy to the story that makes you become very invested in her story. Like the novel before it, love is the key theme of the book, but it doesn't just focus on the romantic love of teenage characters, which I was pleased to see.
I have to say that initially the way Nelson was handling Oscar, a supporting character, became quite annoying. After repeated uses of 'The English guy' and 'English accent', I was getting increasingly irritated at how the character's only trait seemed to be 'being English'. (Not to mention, 'English accent' is an extremely broad term- it's like saying 'American accent'.) Once he was fleshed out a little more (and stopped saying 'bloody' quite so much), he actually became one of my favourite characters in the entire novel. Guillermo was also a fantastic character, even though his accent came out more Russian than Spanish, but I
While I felt like the ending to 'Sky' was rather anticlimactic, this ending felt a little contrived, each solution was wrapped up very neatly in a manner that felt slightly artificial. It didn't really detract terribly from the overall effect of the novel, however. I'm glad that I bought the book, although I was slightly surprised to note that it didn't have poems between chapters like 'Sky' did, which was why I bought it in hardback. Still, another highly enjoyable instalment from Jandy Nelson.