“It takes a lot of courage to be true to yourself, true to your heart.”
Title: I’ll Give You the Sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Why you should read this book: Because it is funny, sad, inspirational and lovely.
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
“Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”
Such a wonderful book, a beautiful story. Two half stories coming together little by little. I was almost sure I was going to love it and I wasn’t wrong, I truly loved it: it’s about love, grief, family and art. I was a little afraid about the tragedy that was going to drive the twins apart. That part was sad, a little hard to read at first but then, as the story unfolds, it was clear, things made sense.
I love how it felt different; there were “magical” elements. They made the narration feel fun and light even when dealing with difficult themes. The characters were able to drag me into their lives; it was like I was there with them, spying on them, like a little stalker!
“Yes, so if God can have two tries, why not us? Or three or three hundred tries.”
The twins, JudeandNoah, Jude and Noah. What can I say about them? I loved them, with their obvious flaws, the way they see life, the way they react after a loss. Each of them has a half of the story in this book and the story it’s told in flashbacks (Noah’s parts) and present (Jude’s parts). At first, it was slightly weird, but then it made sense, it clicked in the right way, and I thought “of course”, how could I’ve thought it was weird when it makes perfect sense? I slapped myself a little. No, I didn’t; I virtually slapped myself. That I did.
Jude, that girl, CJ. At first I liked her, she had flaws, who hasn’t, she was young and a little reckless. A young rebel! When she started narrating the story as a 16 year-old girl, I started to LOVE her. Girl crushed, 100%. She is funny, crazy, onion in the pocket king of crazy, a little broken, bearer of bad decisions, a sculpture waiting to emerge from a stone she built herself. I won’t say more, you have to experience Jude by yourself. Fall in love with her as I did. You won’t regret it.
“Maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people,” I say. “Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.”
Noah, mind painter, artist munchkin. I don’t know what to say about him, most part of his story is told when he was 13-14 years old. We get to see more of young Noah then of the older him. Older Noah is shown from Jude’s pov and he is trouble and troubled. A hard combination. Younger Noah is weird in the most adorable way I can think of. He loves art, sketches a lot, paints in his mind and has a secret. The way he faces this “secret” frustrated me a lot because I love Noah and I just wanted to see him happy; but he was making it so hard, one mistake after the other. I was genuinely worried about him and his sanity. Hugging Noah in my head was becoming a habit.
“Portrait: The Boy with All the Keys in the World with All the Locks”
All the characters present in this book are equally important, they are all part of one big design. The story, as it is, wouldn’t have happened without each one of them. Everything comes together because fate is the extra character that pulls the strings and makes things happen.
“I remember Guillermo saying the cracks and breaks were the best and most interesting parts of the work in my portfolio. Perhaps it’s the same with people and their cracks and breaks.”
I will bring in my heart Jude and her obsession for Grandma’s Bible (Oh my Clark Gable!), Noah and the way he remakes the world, Oscar and his British nudity, Guillermo and his stone giants, Brian and his meteorites bag, and Prophet wishing he’d find his Ralph.
Do I recommend it? Of course, why wouldn’t I? This book is beautiful.