Review: I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: September 2014
Rating:  ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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I could not put this book down.

And it’s not only that I couldn’t, I just really didn’t want to.

I’ll Give You The Sun has been sat on my shelf for quite some time, ever since my trip to Comic-con back in July. Drowning in a pile of contemporaries that I wasn’t ready for, this book finally revealed itself when I was on a teen drama kick and lo and behold, it has become one of my favourites.

Every single character I adore (apart from one), and in each time period different parts of themselves are revealed in a story that throws away the linear and itself pulls out surprise after surprise. My fave will always be Noah. Brave little Noah, who overcomes so much yet has a lot to learn. We see from his perspective as a 13 going on 14 year old who deals with sexuality at an early age as well as bullying, weird parenting, and a rocky relationship with his twin sister Jude.

I wanted to wrap him in bubble wrap and keep him safe forever and ever.

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A character I had battles with was Oscore Oscar, the love interest of Jude and resident bad boy. I’m guessing we’re supposed to fall in love with Oscar a little; his leather jackets, his accent, his way with women, but I’m English, first off, and so when a story has a sexy love interest with an English accent…well, that accent does nothing for me. But, what I didn’t like about him was his attitude towards love.

Maybe I’m a cold stone bitch with a heart shrouded in ice, but I don’t believe in love at first sight; I struggle with the word ‘soulmates’ and I especially struggle with the notion that two teenagers can fall in this amount of love so young and so soon. Since I’ve stopped being a teenager, I’ve realised teenagers are pretty damn dramatic, and Oscar is the leading lady for this play. He looks at Jude and his whole word tears in two, but he doesn’t know her, and he’s 19 years old. His speeches about soulmates and ‘split-aparts’ made me cackle like the heartless witch I am and say ‘Oh honey, you’re such a precious cinnamon roll.” [I can’t imagine Oscar and Jude being ~~together forever~~, I can’t imagine them living life happily ever after. But, it was nice to see that Oscar made the correct decision of not wanting to ruin what they have by rushing anything, considering Jude is much younger than him. So, that’s was a plus for his team.]

I was also a little disgruntled with our [Noah and Brian] ending. I felt that this plot line was pushed aside for Oscar and Jude, despite the former, in my opinion, being so much more interesting and important to me. It’s the scenes with them that made my heart leap into my throat and tears well in my eyes while sat on the back of the bus on the way to work. Who knew I needed that at 8 in the morning on a Tuesday?

But overall, despite my quarrel with the ending and my little spat with Oscar, I had to give this story a five stars because it just didn’t leave me. When a book makes you feel this way, four stars just isn’t enough.

[] – Spoilers inside brackets when highlighted.

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