I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
Three years ago Jude and Noah were twins who relied on each other and had grown up working on art projects together. But something has happened to drive the two of them apart. Now, Noah barely has time for any art and his sister barely speaks to any live people. I'll Give You The Sun is the story of what tore them apart and also what they can do, three years later to try and find each other again.
If you have been reading this blog for a long time, you may recall that the TATAL staff were obsessed with Nelson's debut YA novel, The Sky is Everywhere. So, there was a lot of excitement about this book. And man did Jandy Nelson follow through! The author has a background in poetry and it shines through in both her books. If you are looking for some gorgeous, lyrical writing, you need look no further than this author.
Jude and Noah are both telling the story. Despite being twins, their voices are nothing alike. Not only that, but the present versions of Jude and Noah are sooo different from who they were three years ago. It's a pretty impressive example of character development. These are people who have been bent and shaped by the things that happened to them.
This book won the Printz this year, so clearly we are not the only ones who were knocked out by how awesome this book was. If you're a fan of Melina Marchetta, Beth Kephart or Cath Crowley and you haven't read Jandy Nelson yet, you are in for a treat. Put this book on hold today!