Book Review: I’ll Give You the Sun – All the Art + I almost DNF’d this?!?!

Book Review: I'll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun

by Jandy Nelson
5 stars

I’ll Give You the Sun was such an amazing book! I was sobbing so hard, and just AHSKAGDHGAKGDKAFKHSKDSFSDJHKFGSKFKS!!!!

For the first half of the book, I honestly couldn’t even bring myself to care, and then, all of a sudden, it was absolutely spectacular! Because of this, I had a difficult time deciding what to rate it.
The second half of the book? Amazing. Wonderful. Marvellous. Insanely good.
The first half though? Bleh. I was so bored. In fact, I almost DNF’d it. WOW, am I glad I didn’t!
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The writing was SO beautiful! It was just… I don’t even know. It was lovely though. There was so many absolutely beautiful lines, and wow! That’s all I have to say about it, WOW!

Not to mention when she described the art… I could almost see it!
PlotThe plot was also really interesting. It was told alternating perspectives, between two twins, Noah and Jude. Noah’s chapters take place when they’re thirteen, and Jude’s when they’re sixteen. Slowly, you start to figure out what happened in-between. It’s so intriguing, and I believe it’s the only reason I bothered to finish.
It starts out with a chapter from Noah, and then you get one from Jude’s perspective, and SO much has changed. From then, I knew I needed to know what had happened, and I had to finish, no matter how much I hated it. Thank goodness for intriguing plots.
Characters
My favourite thing about this though, was of course, the characters.
Noah… wasn’t my favourite. I thought he had a very interesting, well developed character, and he was nice enough (mostly), but I just didn’t love him.
 
Jude however, was wonderful. I way preferred her chapters. She was so great, and super superstitious. And she refused to believe she was falling in love. And I loved that. She would find herself wondering about him, and then she would catch herself, and be like, ‘not that I care.’ and I was just laughing, and laughing, and laughing, because obviously she did care.Also her superstitions. She was sooooooooo superstitious. I swear every other conversation she had, she mentioned/though about at least one of her superstitions. Or she’d make some morbid comment. That happened a lot too. It’s great.
Did I mention I love Jude?
Then there was Oscar. You know how much I said I loved Jude? Multiply that by five. Or maybe ten. That’s how much I love Oscar. Oscar is sort of most definitely the Bad Boy Who Has a Tragic Past, but I admit, I love this trope. He’s also a shameless flirt, and I absolutely LOVE his relationship with Jude. They’re so funny together! Also he’s like three years older than her, but I don’t really care, and I ship them so hard!
Another character I like is… Guillermo? I think? I can’t remember if that’s his name…?*When he’s first introduced, he’s drunk, and throwing furniture, but… once he’s sober, he’s great. And very grumpy. And sort of terrifying. But great.
*Gah, I hate character names!

Over All
Overall, I’ll Give You the Sun was and amazing book. Yes, I was bored to death at first, but once I got into it, it was so spectacular! I think this is an absolute must read book for everyone. It was just… wow. Wow, wow, wow!

Have you read I’ll Give You the Sun? Are you planning to? What did you think? 

8 Comments

Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Sheilareply
November 09 at 11:11 AM

I’m reading it right now! So, I can’t read your post until I’m finished the book!

Sheila/Mumreply
November 11 at 07:11 PM

Wow! You’re right. Wow. I’d love to talk with you about this book when we get a chance. One thing’s for sure – I’m not as scared about you reading my memoir as I once was. This time next year, you’ll know all my secrets too. Love you, xo.

Zoe @ Stories on Stagereply
November 12 at 01:11 AM

I completely agree! This is such an amazing book and I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. 🙂 And haha I was the same way at the beginning – I almost DNF’d it too for the same reason as you, but I’m so glad we both decided to continue. xD Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

Iris @ Hoard of Booksreply
November 12 at 11:11 PM
– In reply to: Zoe @ Stories on Stage

Yeah, it just absolutely blew me away! So good, and I am definitely SO glad I decided to continue 🙂

Cait @ Paper Furyreply
November 13 at 03:11 PM

YES I LOVE THIS ONE TOO!! It’s one of my all-time favourite books and just FLAWS me with the gorgeous writing. 😍😍 Perfect book is PERFECT. I loved Noah a lot, but I hated Brian, ugh. And I hated how mean the twins were to each other like stahp you precious children pls get along. ❤️💔

Iris @ Hoard of Booksreply
November 13 at 03:11 PM
– In reply to: Cait @ Paper Fury

I liked Brian right up to the point they actually got together, and then I was just like “How about no?” He was awful to Noah, and Noah deserved much better.

Amber @ The Literary Phoenixreply
November 19 at 06:11 AM

Hmm. I’ve noticed people have had very different opinions about this book – I think it may be because what you said about the beginning of it – a slow start. I think that flowery language can get in the way for some people as well. I’m glad you stuck through and really liked it! 🙂

Iris @ Hoard of Booksreply
November 19 at 12:11 PM
– In reply to: Amber @ The Literary Phoenix

Yeah, I nearly DNF’d this, and if I had, I think I would have given it a really low rating, and I can definitely see how the flowery language could also make someone not like it… it’s a really unique book, and I guess it’s not for everyone.

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