5 Things About I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

February 12, 2018 Review 12 ★★★★

5 Things About I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
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Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Source: Purchased
Length: 12hrs, 57min
Release Date: September 16th 201
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Family Life, LGBT, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.

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.

Sibling feels

I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN deals with a lot of themes in each timeline, but one part that is integral to both is the relationship between siblings. The two siblings that have been through so much, were so close then grew so far apart, and will give you ALL THE FEELS. Their relationship was so real. They fought, they loved each other, and seeing them grow so distant hurt so much.

I had ups and downs with my enjoyment

I’ve never had a book make my thoughts go up and down so often, particularly Noah’s sections. In the beginning I really loved Noah’s chapters, but then I got frustrated with him (I don’t exactly relate to a 13 year old boy that well, and he was quite immature and very petty sometimes) and wish to hear more of Jude’s chapters. And then other things would happen and I’d like Noah again, rinse and repeat multiple times until the feels hit.

Some of it was really strange

There were so many times I wasn’t entirely sure if this was contemporary or something different. Mostly when Grandma Sweetwine (if I spelt that wrong I blame my listening to the audio and not reading haha). She was hilarious, but I mean was Jude insane? Talking to a ghost and following her strange bible? It threw me a lot in the beginning, because I’m not used to such things in contemporary. And then there were Noah’s metaphors and descriptions, which he spoke with such sincerity I often didn’t realise it was a metaphor! It made me wonder if he thought the things he described were actually happening.

Still stayed up past my bedtime

Despite the ups and downs I had, this book was addicting. Especially in the later stages, when timelines started to intertwine tighter than I imagined. And all the feels started hitting me, and I just wanted to see everyone happy again. My sleep schedule was thrown out the window so I could listen to more every night.

Nobody’s perfect

The greatest strength of I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, in addition to the sibling relationship, was the construction and unveiling of the characters. There are quite a few main character, and side characters who become main characters, and all are very complicated and flawed. I loved how over the course of the novel, plot events and unveiled secrets slowly changed how Noah and Jude thought of those around them.


I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN was my first contemporary ready of 2018, and one of the most unique I’ve read in a long time. Even though I got frustrated with it at times, in the end I loved and appreciated all these characters had to show me. Plus I love a book with complicated characters and a great sibling relationship.

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Rating Report
Overall: 4

12 Responses to “5 Things About I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson”

    • Bec

      It very easily could have pushed the sibling/ family relationships to the side to focus on the romance. That would have been really frustrating. Thank goodness it didn’t!

    • Bec

      The did work really well. I imagine it’s because art is such a big focus of it? I don’t know how the author made it work so well

  1. Tasya

    I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy it as much as the others did, mainly because like you, the story, the metaphors, and the whole bible and ghost really threw me off that I didn’t know what was happening! If it’s a magical realism I could take it in a stride but in contemporary, it’s truly unexpected that it threw me off. I’m willing to give it a chance though, weirdness aside, it’s definitely a heartfelt book :)
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    • Bec

      The strange stuff was quite jarring because there was no warning! Thankfully it had the other stuff giving it substance too.

    • Bec

      Yeah when I go into a contemporary, I’m expecting a certain thing and the weirdness can be jarring.

      Haha! It’s been along time since I was as young as Noah so it was much harder to relate to.

      Thanks :)

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