I remember trying to find a new book to read, something that hadn’t been sitting on my bookshelf for lord knows how long. I walked into my local bookstore and browsed and browsed and tucked in the corner of a random shelf in the YA section was this book. “I’ll Give You The Sun” by Jandy Nelson was just sitting there hidden away and it was the very last copy of its kind. I am not one to believe in destiny, but if I did, I would probably say I was meant to find this book.
I should give you a warning that right about here it begins to get spoiler-y
This book follows the story of a pair of twins and their lives following the death of their mother. Noah, the aspiring artist, and his fun-loving sister, Jude, are inseparable. After the passing of their mother and a few disappointing years Jude and Noah are hardly speaking. The two are going to different schools, hanging out with different people, and some would say are different people themselves.
Noah gives you a snapshot of the past and Jude a snapshot of their present. As the reader journey’s on in this book piece by piece the two will reveal what the other does not know and where everything began to fall apart. Like most siblings there is a rivalry between the two and the people they used to be and the person their sibling has become. This offers plenty of room for the characters to develop and figure out who they are separately so that they can come back together.
This story takes some time to come together. Nelson seamlessly flows between past and present and exposes small moments between the twins that have ginormous consequences to their future. It is a puzzle that slowly starts to come together and you begin see the bigger picture. As the reader you latch on to different characters for different reasons, even secondary characters are interesting to watch as you traverse this small town world.
Nelson explores death, grief, love and love lost, coming of age and coming out. This story is many things, but boring is not one of them. I highly recommend if you have not yet read this book, take some time out of your TBR (To Be Read) list and read this book. You will not regret it and if you do, come and fight me.