The Sun Shines Bright in I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’m pretty sure my heart’s still breaking months after finishing I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I’ll admit I was skeptical about this book. In general, I’m not a fan of young adult contemporary fiction. I’m many moons removed from being considered young adult so I often struggle to identify with the characters of this particular genre. However, I’ll Give You the Sun strikes an excellent balance between the modern day struggles of teens, their parents and a genuine romance I’m sure just about anyone can identify with.

The way the story was told—the past from Noah’s point of view and the present from Jude’s—gave the story depth and offered different ways of viewing the same story. As a reader, I was able to walk a mile in each twin’s shoes and feel their experiences. My heart ached for Jude and Noah as they dealt with a family tragedy and the evolution of their personal relationships. Since I, too, have experienced the same tragedy, I know how the family dynamic changes after such an event. Nelson accurately depicted that change in the pages of this novel.

Each love story in I’ll Give You the Sun felt real. The love of art. Sibling love. Newly found love. Old love. Forbidden love, I’m not sure how Nelson did it and even though I knew that not everyone could end up together in the end, I was hopeful that everyone would live happily ever after.

I’ll Give You the Sun provides a real contemporary look at love and relationships. It examines how individuals see the world and if we could stop for a moment to see and share the story together we might have a greater understanding of how we fit together and can make the world a better place.


book review ill give you the sun jandy nelson


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The Sun Shines Bright in I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun

Author: Jandy Nelson
Narrator: Julia Whelan, Jesse Bernstein
Published on: September 16, 2014
Pages: 371
Length: 12 hours, 57 minutes
Genres: young adult, general fiction, romance
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

About Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky is Everywhere, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling second novel, I’ll Give You the Sun, received the prestigious Printz Award, Bank Street's Josette Frank Award, and is a Stonewall Book Award honor. Both Sun and her debut, The Sky Is Everywhere, have been YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults picks (Sun, a Top Ten on Both YALSA and Rainbow Lists) and on multiple best of the year lists including the New York Times, Time Magazine, NPR, have earned many starred reviews, and continue to enjoy great international success, collectively published in over 47 countries. I'll Give You the Sun has been sold to Warner Brothers and screenwriter Natalie Krinsky is currently writing the adaptation. Jandy, a literary agent for many years, received a BA from Cornell University and MFAs in Poetry and Children's Writing from Brown University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently a full-time writer, she lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings of her novels

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5 responses to “The Sun Shines Bright in I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

  1. I agree with you completely, this was SUCH a great book, and I can see its appeal for pretty much any and everyone. You are so right about the realness of it all- everything about the book felt authentic, and the writing was beyond gorgeous. So glad you loved it too, wonderful review!