I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson


I read this book a couple months ago during my blogging hiatus, but I really wanted to talk about it now because it might be one of the most interesting realistic YA fiction novels I’ve ever read. The story follows two twins, Noah and Jude, and the perspective switches back and forth between them. The interesting part is that Noah’s perspective takes place when the twins are 13-years-old, and Jude’s perspective takes place when they’re 16-years-old. So as the reader, you find out bits and pieces from each twin, but you don’t really know the whole story until the very end.

I don’t really want to give away too many details, and the way the book is written makes it hard to say what is the main plot and what is side-story. Overall, you just get a really good picture of both twins from their own point of view as well as from the other’s point of view. There’s a bit of romance, a bit of back-stabbing and jealousy, and also a lot of coming of age. And all of that is mixed with the perspective of two very different twins who are both artists. The way they see the world and interpret things makes the book almost magical to read, without necessarily considering this to be magical realism.

This book definitely made me think after reading it, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves realistic YA fiction. If you want to go and take a look, I’ll add a link to the Goodreads page.

Happy reading!


(Photo courtesy of Goodreads)


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