I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson Review

Thursday, March 17th 2016

“I gave up practically the whole world for you,” I tell him, walking through the front door of my own love story. “The sun, stars, ocean, trees, everything, I gave it all up for you.”
– I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Have you read . . .
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson?
Well you should probably grab this book ’cause it’s simply

I’ll Give You the Sun is young adult, contemporary romance novel that has so many twist, turns, passionate tales of love and connections with a wonderful beautiful ending that will melt your heart. This novel is surrounded by art, sketching, sculpting, feeling, expressing and of course painting. I’ll Give You the Sun transported me back to my early college experiences with the art community in such away that it reminded me of my own crazy/passionate artistic teachers and c0-students. You know a novel is good if it not only cares you towards your own place of nostalgic lust but also allows you to connect better with the characters, well done Nelson!

This is the first novel I have ever read of Jandy Nelson, I have to say that Nelson possess a wonderful skill of telling a heartbreaking story while keeping hope alive for the characters that are trying desperately to mend their heart as well as their relationship with their family.
Yes Family.
I’ll Give you The Sun isn’t just about the love of young adults, it’s also about the love of family. What I love the most about this novel is the fact that the story is told between the POV of Noah, the past, and Jude, the current events. Noah and Jude are twins who at one point were extremely close until tragedy struck their family, their heart, and their core. This book cares the message of hope and love, at the beginning it shakes the core of your being as you follow the heartbreak, the overly swoon romances of love and of course of love lost.

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“Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before – you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.”
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson



The unique feature about I’ll Give you The Sun is told from the POV of the twins Noah, the young man who at the time of his storytelling is 13 years old. Noah is a wonderful artist, who takes more of the physical appearances of his artistic mother. Jude at the time of her storytelling is 16 years old dealing with the tragedy of their family and trying hard to keep their family together constantly relying on her Grandmothers’s Bible, which contains all types of superstitions remedy that Jude takes to heart in her daily life. It’s because of Jude’s need to make sure her remaining family stay healthy,safe,or stay connected in any way possible that, either through stress or reality can see the ghost of her decease Grandmother.
The commentary from the Grandmother was hilarious witty. I felt that the role that the grandmother played was more of a supportive nature while the haunting of her mother is the nature of guilt eating at Jude. None the less the idea that Clark Gable is a holy man makes me more than smile. If Clark Gable is the image of heaven then I need to try really really hard to be a good girl from now on •wink•

I just love this novel, while reading it I felt like I was back in art school again. I felt the heart ache as well as the passion that each character experiences. I felt that even though I hated the fact that the characters went through a tragedy I couldn’t be more happy at the way they all meet each other and helped each other through this sadden moment.

There is a lot of heartbreaking art pieces described in this novel. The more I read the more I though of the talented sculpting of Yves Pires. In my feature image of this post has a few of his sculptures. Despite how Nelson described the art professor who mentors Jude I always held the image of Pires.

Yves Pires

This novel is just a heartfelt read.
If you love art, the act of falling in  love, the fear of losing love, and the strength to love again please read this novel. I promise you by the time you finish I’ll Give you The Sun, you’ll be painting with the stars themselves.
Happy Reading

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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