Monday, October 6, 2014

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

We are serious fans of Jandy Nelson's first book, so you better believe we were excited to find out that a new book was coming. Katie gets the scoop:
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’ve spent the past few days trying to come up with the perfect analogy for this book. So far all I’ve got is it’s The Sky Is Everywhere (see full review) meets Graffiti Moon (see more posts) meets Jellicoe Road (see full review) on crack. Or something like that. Or, put more simply, it’s magnificent.

This is the story of twins: Jude and Noah. Noah gives us his side of the story starting at age 13. Jude picks up her side of the story three years later, a very different person from the one Noah introduced us to. Somewhere in between the twins have gone from being each other’s safe place to virtual strangers who share a wall. As each twin tells their side of the story in alternating chapters, a larger picture unfolds where we’re taken on a trip through time, through art, through gorgeous language, family drama, romance, and heartbreak. To tell you much more than that about what happens would really just be stepping on Jude and Noah’s toes. This is their story.

Full disclosure: I’ve been waiting years for Jandy Nelson to follow up The Sky Is Everywhere, and when that day finally came I was more than a little worried that there was no way my high expectations could be met. In the end, though, this sophomore effort left my expectations in the dust, surpassing them several times over. It’s dazzling, crackling with emotion and intelligence, the sort of book you have to text a friend about as you read, because such deliciousness is really meant to be shared. So make sure to pass it on when you’re done. :-)

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