SECOND OPINION: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Review published on April 21, 2015.Reviewed by Vee Freir

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I loved this novel and that’s quite something as it’s a YA genre, which I don’t usually rave about, but this was different. So different in fact that I reckon it’s the best read I’ve had in a long time. Jandy Nelson manages to create an absorbing story not just of brother/sister love, jealousy and rivalry, but of relationships in all their permutations written in a unique style that I found very moving and totally engaging.

The story is of artistic twins, Noah and Jude, told alternately from each of their perspectives but three years apart. Noah’s story is from when he is thirteen going on fourteen and Jude’s from when she’s sixteen. Highs, lows, romance, twists and turns, tragedy and a touch of comedy unfold through their individual viewpoints and it kept me intrigued all the way through, so much so I couldn’t put it down.

I would urge people to read it as it’s one of those books that stays with you and I will certainly be reading Jandy Nelson’s first novel The Sky Is Everywhere as, if this book is anything to go by, she’s an extremely talented writer.

I feel I should mention the book contains underage drinking, smoking, drug use and sex, both heterosexual and gay, so might not necessarily be ideal for all thirteen/fourteen year olds, though I’d have no hesitation with the young adults I know.

I think it would make for great discussion in a book group.*

– Vee Freir

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, published by Walker Books on 7th April, 2015 at £7.99

*review first published in newbooks magazine, Spring 2015

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