I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change...

Details I'll Give You the Sun

TitleI'll Give You the Sun
Release DateSep 16th, 2014
PublisherDial Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Lgbt, Romance, Fiction

Reviews I'll Give You the Sun

  • Emily May
    This book should be called I'll Give You Death by Artistic Metaphor. It seems like I'm in the minority on this one, but I did not like the writing style at all.I guess it should be noted that I was also not a fan of the author's first novel - The Sky is Everywhere - which everyone but heartless little me seemed to love. Unlike many people I know, I picked this one up because the premise intrigued me and not because of a love for the author's prev...
  • Kat O'Keeffe
    SO FREAKIN GOOD. This just became one of my favorite books of the year, and one of my favorite contemporary novels of all time! It was funny and romantic and touching and so beautifully written! I loved it. I literally just finished it and I already want to reread it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
  • Em
    Has anyone ever finished a book and just sat there for a while like, “what did this author just do to me?”Finishing this book was the most surreal emotion. It was like being stranded in the middle of a hazy daydream, laughing, sun-soaked and shivering, with flowers blooming in your heart. I had this sudden outburst of motivation to bake something, or go for a walk, or make a fragile human connection with some stranger in the vast and unfeelin...
  • karen
    "I love you," I say to him, only it comes out, "Hey.""So damn much," he says back, only it comes out, "Dude."♥ i think this one was also a 3.5 for me. there were things i liked SO MUCH about it, and then there were things that bothered me a little. (and not just my fear of twins this time) first to the good. i enjoyed the unusual structure - the fact that it alternates between the voices of twins noah and jude where noah's story takes place whe...
  • Brian Yahn
    One of the best books I've read in a long long time, I'll Give You the Sun, gave me the chills, gave me a heart attack, gave me everything I ever wanted from a love story.(Self-portrait: boy in love with a book)The narrators have such fun voices, the writing and use of artistic metaphors is beautiful, and the pacing is amazing. Pretty much everything about this book is perfect. It's essentially Gone Girl meets Romeo and Juliet. The characters con...
  • Christine Riccio
  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    5 StarsOverview: 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 Tolsto...
  • Clau R.
    NOT JUST 5 STARS, ALL OF THE STARS!!!This book was perfect and beautiful and everything. EDIT: 04/02/2015Quería editar este review porque aunque ya he hablado maravillas de este libro en mi canal, siento que también merece que diga aquí cuánto me gustó. I'll Give You the Sun es un libro muy hermoso y conmovedor, lleno de cosas que no me había encontrado en otros libros. Creo que la escritura de Jandy Nelson es la razón principal por la que...
  • jessica
    'maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.' i try not to have any regrets in life, but i do regret that i read this book too quickly and that it ended before i was emotionally and mentally ready. a book like this is meant to be cherished, to be savoured - but i was incapable of putting this down. i dont think ive ever read such transformative writing, it gave the story such a lyrical feel to it. i needed every word, every image, e...
  • 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 i...
  • Samantha
    This was the perfect book to finish on my birthday. I adored Jandy Nelson's first book, and didn't think I could love this one just as much!
  • Warda
    I've read this book for the third time now and it is still as magical as ever. My heart was aching and floating whilst I was reading it. I cannot put into words what and how this book makes me feel! I can never get enough of it. Slice of heaven of a book if there ever was one. Original review My heart. Words will fail me. This book did something to my soul. My heart exploded about a hundred times whilst reading it and I cannot express how much I...
  • Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
    Review originally posted at Mostly YA LitI don't think I can properly review this book without just throwing flails and gifs and barbaric yawps into the air. It's that lovely, that exquisite that any review I write will just pale in comparison to the writing in the book. That said...I want you to read this book, so I have to try.P.S. I borrowed all the quote gifs from Penguin Teen, because who doesn't want to see more of that gorgeous cover?! ...
  • 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 styl...
  • Lola
    Twins are fascinating.They can tell me they have magical abilities and can read each other’s minds and feel each other’s emotions and I’m totally going to believe them. To me, the idea of sharing the same DNA with someone else is extraordinary in itself.Jude and Noah are extremely close. They may not be alike, but they both dismiss each other’s differences to focus on what they do have in common: art. They both seek pleasure in the imagin...
  • Christy
    5 stars I’ll Give You the Sun is different than any other book I’ve read. The writing style (it was lyrical to me), the story line, that themes, the characters, they were all excellent. There were a few things that I didn’t love, but overall it was a memorable and brilliant story that deserves 5 stars. Also, I listened to the audio version of this one and the narration was fantastic. Twins Jude and Noah are both artists. So is their mother...
  • 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.
  • Jessica
    Finished my first book for the BookTube-a-Thon!This was definitely one of my favorites of the year.I honestly love everything about it. The writing was so beautiful... The way it switched between young Noah and older Jude's perspectives. The love stories, the art. Literally everything. Read this book. It's so beautiful and now I just want to read every single thing by this author.
  • Liam
    what a truly beautiful book!!I CRIED ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT OVER HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS BOOK IS!I got so emotionally invested in this book that I became hooked and fell completely in love with it!When I first started reading it took a while to get into purely because of how unique the writing style is. But when you do get used to it you see just how amazingly well written this book is.One of my favourite things was the way the story was told from differ...
  • 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 amarl...
  • Miranda Lynn
    DNF after 116 pages.I feel like I'm probably going to get shot for this, considering the (currently) 4.30 rating and plethora of rave reviews on Goodreads...but I honestly really did not like this book. I made it to page 116 before I had to give up because I just couldn't take it anymore. I kept hoping that it would get better or that I was missing something that would somehow finally click — but it never did. This book is just  not for me ...
  • Ninoska Goris
    Español - EnglishNoah y Jude son gemelos, pero son totalmente diferentes y no solo físicamente. Este libro está narrado desde ambos puntos de vista. Desde el de Noah cuando tenían 13 años y tenían un fuerte vínculo. Noah es introspectivo, ve el mundo y piensa en techni-color y pinta en su cabeza. Solo tiene 13 años y ya está claro que es homosexual, lo que no es un problema para el, quien se enamora de su vecino Brian. Desde el de Jude e...
  • C.G. Drews
    I JUST WANT TO ART NOW. This book has inspired me so much I simply cannot contain the beautifulness of it. It definitely goes down as one of the most BEAUTIFULLY written books ever.Although I did have a rocky start with it. I'm a pretty much black-and-white thinker...I'm creative (I write!) but sometimes when things get too metaphorical and lyrical and off-the-universe-imaginative...I LOSE IT. So the beginning of the book had me floundering. I fo...
    “This is what I want: I want to grab my brother’s hand and run back through time, losing years like coats falling from our shoulders.” ^^THIS FUCKING QUOTE IS MAKING MY DAMN EYES WATERY AGAIN! WOW! What a wonderfully written spectacular tale. Are there perfect words to delineate the way I feel about this? Absolutely not! It's been such a long time since I actually genuinely enjoyed a book this much. Any book can make you laugh, it's the one...
  • Jiana
    Me: *lies down on bed*Me: *holds book close to heart*Me: *curls up and whispers “this book” over and over again*What a perfect book to start 2018 with.I haven't written a complete review in over 3 months probably, simply because I wasn't feeling motivated enough. However, this book? This book's sheer awesomeness made me want to write a full one, because that's what it deserves! Ignore the fact that it'll be a crappy one; I can't write reviews...
  • 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.
  • 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 immediat...
  • Theresa
    I read "I'll Give You the Sun" when it was released back in 2014, and I still can't write a proper review for it. So I'll just keep it short and to the point. This little beauty right here is the BEST YA novel I've ever read (and I've read a lot of them). Jandy Nelson has the soul of a poet. Her prose/writing style is electric, emotional, and truly a gift from God. I cried so many times. I still think about all the wonderful/tragic things that ha...
  • alexandra
    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 was...
  • Tweebs♥️ (semi-hiatus)
    “If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill” nah man, that's easy for you to say. I'm sitting here debating whether I should give up on writing this entire review and instead type: shfjdsfhdkjshskjghjsfhdsjf i rather live as an apple bye. but no, i'm forcing myself to put some effort. I can't be a procrastinator forever. Alright if i was the president of a country, i would totally make everyone read this book. This book...