Book Review: I’ll Give You The Sun

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

“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. 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.

About the book:

Title: I’ll Give You The Sun

Author: Jandy Nelson

Page Count: 371

Published: September 16th, 2014

My Thoughts

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.

This book! Yes, this one. This is the one I’d been looking for all my life and I literally had no idea. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson broke me. Totally, irrevocably. By the time I finished it, which was at six in the morning, I had no idea what I felt anymore. I cried. Okay, I was a sobbing mess. I felt like a two-year-old lost in the crowd, didn’t know where to go and what to do. I didn’t want to sleep anymore, didn’t want to wake up the next morning or function like a normal human being, because this book changed something in me that I didn’t know I had.


So, the title intrigued me and I really wanted to know what “I’ll Give You the Sun” meant, and I found myself picking it up before I even knew it. Also, who wants to resist reading another romance?

This book is very artful and poetic and poignant. It talks about life, death, grief and love. I don’t like allowing books to mess with my emotions, but it somehow did. I was crying, full-out while reading it.

This book is written in two people’s point of view, Noah’s and Jude’s. I liked reading it in both their point of views and I equally loved the twins, and I totally got why they did what they did, and I sometimes really wanted to shake (or strangle) their parents. The kids were totally hurt, devastated and defeated and they did not even have each other, thanks to the parents!

I loved Noah and Brian, and I was totally gutted that I didn’t get to read a lot of them. I loved Oscar and Jude too and I just wanted to hug all the characters, even the parents. Okay, humans make mistakes and I really wanted the twins to just start talking and playing again like they did when they were kids. I really wanted to shout and scream at them to have a heart-to-heart. I wanted them to talk, to tell each other what had been eating them and forget about everything else, but I could just sit on my hands, read it and bawl my eyes out!

The writing was really beautiful and poetic, as I’ve already said, and I loved all the metaphors. And quotes. I liked the character development and I just loved, loved and relished every part of it. I think it might be one of the best YA books ever written , and I know what I’m saying. I just totally fell in love with it.

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

So, I’d love to recommend this book to everyone who is crazy about YA and loves reading stories about love, but this is also a sad book that talks about death and grief and drug/ alcohol addiction and suicide and guilt. So, if any of these triggers you, you shouldn’t pick this up.

All in all, this is a beautiful book with a lot of beautiful quotes that will make you cry and think, characters who will make you hug them and even swoon over them and I think you should totally read it! I’m gonna read it again. Soon.

So, have you all read this book? Did you like it? Share your thoughts with me. And find me on Goodreads.

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