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I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson (Book Review)

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Title : I’ll Give You the Sun

Author : Jandy Nelson

Genre : YA Contemporary

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Summary

Goodreads summary :

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

Pros

1. A sibling relationshipI’ve waited a long time to read a book which focuses on a sibling relationship, instead of merely including it. A lot of YA contemporaries do have a sibling aspect to them, but this is the first book (at least as far as I remember) which focuses wholly and dedicatedly on a sibling relation. It does have other aspects mingled in, but at the heart of the book, it is a portayal of a pair of twins and their lives, and it was a refreshment reading about this relationship.

2. Made me feel normalI have a sibling too (an younger sister) and if I had to describe my love for her, I’d say it’s constant. It’s always there. And I know in the deepest corner of my heart that even if we are in the middle of the worst fight ever, I’d still take a bullet for her. But sometimes, the bad parts win. Sometimes, bad things come up. Reading this book made me understand that the bad days and the bad things are normal. That they too are a part of a familial relationship and that even though we have the same blood, it doesn’t always mean that everything is going to be sunshine and rainbows and brightness. There can be bitter feelings, there can be unsaid thoughts, but at the end of the day, your family is always with you. No matter what.

3. The writingIt was such refreshing, beautiful writing. The writing literally flowed and made the book a masterpiece.

4. Different aspects dealt withA lot of authors sometimes pick up different issues and put them all together, and more often than not, it doesn’t work. However, thankfully, not a single thing in the book felt forced or added on just for the sake of it. It does justice to each issue : the sibling relationship, the parental relationship, the art, the romance, the innocence of childhood, the passion of mentoring, and much more – every single thing had it’s rightful place and importance.

Cons

1. Jude’s relationshipThere are quite a few romantic relationships in the book, but I was really not happy with Jude and the guy she fell in love with. It was a tad bit insta-lovey and a bit forced and I could not really buy it.

2. The close connectionsI have a small little pet peeve : I cannot stand it when all the characters in the books are related to each other in some way or the other. This book has various story-lines, but in the end, they all come together and connect with each other, which is a little hard to buy. I mean, this doesn’t happen in the real world. The world is not such a small place, and I just felt that the ending was all too inter-connected and inter-related.

Recommend to?

Everyone. In spite of the cons (which can easily be looked over), I think the book was a masterpiece and if you’re into YA contemporary or contemporary in general, do definitely pick this up.

A ‘good book’ or a ‘good read’?

A really good read. A great book.

My Rating

4.75/5 stars

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