I'll Give You the Sun Book Review

By Features Editor Harleigh Wiesenbach

  This is a story about pairs: twins, soulmates, love and heartbreak, truth and lies, art and reality, and life and death. This is a story presented in halves: one part residing in each twin. They must come together to get the whole truth of their story, to find each other through the fog of lies and secrets surrounding them both.

  I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is a phenomenal young adult fiction novel surrounding the early and later years of twins Noah and Jude. The way Nelson decided to present the story was unique and interesting, and one of the many things that got me hooked on it. It was split up in long chapters, alternating between Noah’s point of view when they were 13 turning 14 years old and Jude’s point of view when they were 16 years old. This is intriguing because normally when the reader sees different point of views like this, there isn’t a time jump, and he/she is able to see how the characters develop through time. But here, the reader is presented who the twins were and what they have become, piecing together how they got that way through each chapter and experiencing what they end up becoming.

  Through the switching point of views, I was also amazed at how different each character sounded. Sometimes, especially when it’s with more than two characters, switching point of views is a personal turn off. But, Nelson nailed it. Each point of view sounds so different; it’s exactly like two different people are telling the story.

  The different point of views is only another one of the aspects that made me give I’ll Give You the Sun five out of five stars on Goodreads. It was one of those books where the reader is so caught up in reading it, he/she doesn’t realize what page he/she is on. It was a fast, captivating read. I will admit, however, that it wasn’t as page turning at the beginning as it was towards the end. But that isn’t a bad thing. What kept me going in the beginning was my anger towards both main characters.

  Without giving away any spoilers, let me just say that both characters did things where it made me want to teleport myself into the book and slap each of them. While this may sound frustrating, it makes for good writing if done correctly. If the reader is able to feel deeply enough about two characters to get mad at them, then he/she must care about the book and enjoy the writing. This is how it was for me with this particular book. With Jude’s sections, the reader knows where they end up at 16, but the characters still make the reader root for the them and get mad when they don’t end up how he/she wants them to.

  I’ll Give You the Sun was a quick, interesting, and fun read overall, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in reading it. It left me craving more with each turn of the page, and I would definitely consider giving up the sun for another book like this.

  Hello! I’m Harleigh Wiesenbach and this is my second year as features editor on the Montour Monitor. My sophomore year I worked on the centerspread each month as the centerspread editor, so I’m no stranger to the newspaper staff. Unfortunately, this is my senior year, but I plan on making it amazing by working hard on our issues each month and making as many new ideas get put into action as possible! So keep an eye out for all of our work; we really work hard each month to make sure we produce great daily articles and amazing monthly issues on our website.

  Not only am I involved with my school’s newspaper, I’m also a member of Poetry Club, Lost Arts Club, Girl Up, GSA, and Stand Together as well as play trumpet in marching band. Based on that, I’m sure that you can figure out that I’m a huge fan of poetry, although I love to read books as well. My favorite genre is modern fantasy but I’ll read just about anything. My favorite series is The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Other than reading, I also love to knit, draw, and write in my free time.

  Another passion of mine is mental health. I want to be a type of psychologist/therapist once I graduate, although I’m not 100% sure what type as of yet. I love helping others, especially when it comes to cheering them up and talking about their issues.

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