[ARC Review] I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Title: I'll Give You The Sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Release Date: September 16th 2014
Publisher: Dial
Source: ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

Okay. I am going to be the only one who reviews this book and says she did not absolutely love it, and I hate that. I will admit that I did enjoy the book a lot, but just not as much as everyone else seemed to love it. A pet peeve of mine is being alone in my thoughts about a book, and I honestly think I might be. Yes I still gave this book 4 stars so I did not hate it, but that 4 star rating is a bit on the lower side, if you know what I mean.

First of all I was not a fan of the writing style. i know this is the part that everyone loved and raves about, but for me it was the exact opposite. I felt disconnected from the story and the characters through the writing style. I felt it was too all over the place for me, and the way it was written was very true to the characters, I will gibe the author that because each character had its own voice and you could differentiate them from each other no problem. But for me it was too disjointed and I couldn't get a grip on the flow of the story because I was too busy trying to make sure I didn't miss a detail.

There are two POVs in this book and I did love that about this novel. I loved seeing two different perspectives to the same story, and I also loved that the two POVs were from different times as well. Noah's chapters were from when he and Jude were both 13, and Judes chapters were from 4 years later. I thought that was a great way to show so many years in such a short space. I will say that I enjoyed Noah's POV better than Jude, and I think it was because he stpry was more compelling to me with him getting bullied and trying to deal with the fact that he has feelings for the boy next door. But sadly I found that Jude had more of the limelight in this story. I wanted more of Noah.

Overall this book was just okay for me. I loved the bullying aspect and how the characters dealt with it. I also loved the brother, sister relationship and how it changed over 4 years. But sadly I could not get past the writing and how distracting it was for me.

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