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.
What is it about?
- Basically twins, Noah and Jude, and their lives before-and-after a HUGE tragedy.
- It’s about jealousy and lies too, which was painful and saddening.
- It’s definitely the kind of contemporary that is about lyrical prose and exploding thoughts, instead of…you know…action-y events.
- There’s a motley of intensely vibrant characters and tragic events and a really rude parrot.
Although, I confess! I had a rocky start with it. Sometimes I’m a…logical thinker…possibly veering into black and white territory? Don’t get me wrong! I’m a writer and I’m creative and I have an intense love of beautiful things. But sometimes when books get too metaphorical and lyrical and off-the-universe-imaginative…I LOSE FOCUS. The beginning of I’ll Give You the Sun had me floundering. I found Noah’s chapters really hard to chew through, since he painted words and messed them with imaginings and emotions.
But by the end? I was so in love I nearly ran away and married the book.
The book is about art, but it IS art.
Seriously the writing is just that beautiful. I’m in awe. WHAT ARE WORDS? WHAT SUMS UP THIS KIND OF INSANE AUTHORLY TALENT?
Jude and Noah are both artists, but in different mediums. It was interesting exploring things like painting, drawing, sand sculpture, carving, and marble work, ALL through words.
The thing with Noah and Jude is…they felt so real.
It wasn’t even like I knew them, while reading. It was like I WAS them. The writing is just that gorgeous and totally sucks you in. The book’s told in alternating points-of-view. In the present we have Jude, 16, heartbroken, destroyed, lonely. In the past we have 13-year-old Noah, full of dreams and angst, watching the world change, while he and his twin sister break apart. I could barely contain the agony and yet vivid aliveness of experiencing their world. It’s a beautiful and messy and cruel and heartbreaking story. (I also love their names. NOAH! JUDE! Love it!)
I love reading books that absolutely inspire me: and this is one of them. I need to go away and be INCREDIBLE after this masterpiece. (Ha, I know, hilarious. I’ll probably rearrange my bookshelves and read another novel.)
Jude and Noah are my favourite. Eccentric. Rash. Hateful. Real. Wickedly artistic. Wickedly painful. THEY ARE ADORABLE AND I LOVE THIS BROTHER AND SISTER BOOK MORE THAN ANYTHING.
PS. I read this back in, eh, I don’t know…February or something?! And I read the US copy from my local library. (The one with this cover.) BAH. My copy from Walker Books is BY FAR the most gorgeous. Look! The inside is all painty and messy! So if you’re going to buy it (which you totally are) go for this cover. You won’t regret it, I promise.
Thank you Walker Books for this review-copy! I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson came out (in Australia) on 2nd, April, 2015.
From the author of The Sky Is Everywhere, a radiant novel that will leave you laughing and crying – all at once. For fans of John Green, Gayle Forman and Lauren Oliver. Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close – until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don’t realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.