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I'll Give You the Sun

"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 Noah, are 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....

Title : I'll Give You the Sun
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ISBN : 0803734964
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Number of Pages : 371 pages
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I'll Give You the Sun Reviews

  • alexandra ling

    this book is so complex, so poetic, so emotional, and so powerful. it's the kind of book i want to reread a million times, overanalyze, and cover the margins with notes. i felt every sentence's second meaning and it hit me really really hard. it made me feel SO MANY FEELINGS and i can't even pinpoint exactly why.

    i'll admit the first few pages were a bit rough. the writing is very different from what i'm used to; everything is a metaphor and i wasn't sure if this was literally happening or if it
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  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)

    5 Stars

    Overview: Fourth Read:


    This is my favorite book.

    It’s a blanket statement—of course. Ask any bookworm their favorite book and we’ll either ask for more parameters (“What genre? Classics too? Of all time or this year?”) or rattle off four or five. While I’m certainly guilty of that, every time I answer I see this cover in my mind. This is my favorite book.

    Sometimes I wish it was something else. Something akin to Joyce or Tolstoy, so I’d sound a little smarter. Or maybe something not class

    ”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 love you,” I say to him, only it comes out, “Hey.”

    “So damn much,” he says back, only it comes out, “Dude.”


    It’s okay, because not every book is for everyone. But this one is for me.

    Or at least, that’s what it felt like. Maybe one day I’ll be able to explain my deeply personal love for this book. How I hadn’t really read a book in three-years, before picking this one up on a whim. How it was one of the first LGBT+ books I read when I was in the middle of realizing I wasn’t 100% straight. How this book made me feel known and helped me process the world around me.

    But all I can say is this: It reignited my love of reading.

    I find the writing beautiful, vivid, creative and something about it just works.

    Jandy Nelson manages to take all the mixed up feelings of being a teenager and somehow puts them into words. That emotion I never could quite name was beautifully illustrated in a way that made my chest ache.

    “People die, I think, but your relationship with them doesn't. It continues and is ever-changing.”


    Noah and Jude are twins who used to be inseparable, but have grown apart as tragedy hits their family. They are completely different, completely dynamic characters. Their progression is some of my favorite character development ever and I loved them both. (Noah seems to be the fan-favorite, but I will defend Jude to the death.)

    I have no artistic ability whatsoever, but the relationship both characters have with art was astounding. Noah especially captures moments in his life by determining how he'd paint them, and what he would name the piece. It’s a compelling way of moving the story forward that matches the imaginative style.

    “What is bad for the heart is good for art. The terrible irony of our lives as artists.”


    One of the romances happens very quickly. And one of the love-interests is a mash up of several bad-boy archetypes. I understand why some wouldn’t like this.

    …but the book is completely aware of it??

    Nelson subverts the tropes, in my opinion. Noah’s whirlwind of feelings is a tool for showing his character mature, as the scope of his emotions change as the romance unwinds. Because the focus is on Jude’s development and her coming into her own self, her perception of her love interest changes and evolves with her. There’s a strong focus on mutual support and respect, while still being able to laugh and love.

    “I don’t want a split-apart,” I say. “I think I need my own soul.”


    The characters make mistakes and some of their actions are horrible. I won’t excuse them, but I’m not supposed to. These actions have consequences that affect all their relationships.

    At its core, this book is about family dynamics. The ever-changing, complicated mess that reminds us how interwoven our lives are. But it’s not condescending or over-the-top, as it discusses these important issues with brevity and humor.

    “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.”


    In summary:

    Recommending this book is odd. Not because I worry about negative opinions or criticisms--- like I said, I understand those, and they are valid. But because I have a separate, personal love for this book.

    But it takes a pretty damn remarkable book to make me love it so deeply… I think my personal love stems from how special this book is artistically. ...more

  • Romie

    I think I’ve just read one of the most beautiful books ever written.

    I had no idea how much I needed this book in my life, right now. But I’m so glad it found its way to me. I felt understood, like this book knew who I was and had this story in stock just for me.

    I’m a miserable mess right now, I don’t even know if I’ll ever be able to write a proper review one day, it seems so impossible to put all my thoughts in order.

    I felt an immediate connection with Noah. We’re both the younger sibling who l
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  • Katie

    OH MY GOSH this book was so beautiful. It was a little bit of a slow start for me, but wow. I loved everything about it.

  • emma

    I’LL GIVE THIS BOOK THE SUN. FIVE SUNS. More than that, if Goodreads had ever answered my impassioned plea to add a sixth star (which I sent by pony express after Ready Player One). (Pony express means mail, right? I’m a fan of that.)

    https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...

    How do I love thee, book? Let me count the ways. (That’s both a reference to this book and an illustration of how difficult it will be to put my intense adoration of it into, like, a semi-coherent review.) (Sidenote: I’ve neve
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  • Juliana Zapata

    Una historia maravillosa, perfectamente narrada, sin una sola frase de relleno, con personajes perfectamente construidos, con un ritmo que no cansa, con frases que llegan al corazón, con imágenes que aportan magia y con un mensaje que te deja una sonrisa en la cara.

    Este es uno de los pocos libros que he leído en los que me encariñé con todos los personajes principales, todos tan diferentes, tan imperfectos y tan reales; es imposible no amarlos, no vivir sus historias, no sufrir con sus errores y
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  • Sophia

    emotionally, this book deserves 13049820394234 stars.

    when i take into account the rushedrushedrushed ending and the predictability, i feel like it deserves 4 stars.

    so, 4.5 stars it is.

    the characters are so alive, so well-developed, so flawed, and so beautiful. the story is gorgeous.

    this book is a must-read.

  • Kai

    “Maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people. 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.”

    This novel started out weird and confusing and colourful. It took me a while to adjust to the style of writing and a few pages in I finally started to und
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