Noah and Jude are fraternal twins. Inseparable to the point of being identified as a single name (NoahandJude). They are both artists, and it isn't until puberty that they realize they both like boys. Jude is a daredevil and the person who speaks for both of them. Her brother Noah is a lonely artist falls in love with the boy next door. A series of traumatic events have changed their relationship entirely. The result: They are no longer inseparable. In fact, they don't talk to each other. Can art, love, or time bring the twins back together?
BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
The artistic metaphors made the whole story burst with color and imagination. I felt so many emotions with the book. It is a tragic story, but also uplifting and revelatory. Along with beautiful writing, Nelson's character development is spot on. Noah and Jude seem so authentic because they experience the ups and downs of life we all do. Each character has their own flaws and neither is perfect, which makes it so much better.
Despite the wonderful writing, the shifts between perspectives (as well as long chapters) made it hard for me to follow the story. With its strong language and discussions about drugs, alcohol, rape, and bullying, the book is for more mature audiences. Fans of art and romance would enjoy this book as a gift.
Fans of realistic fiction - and those with siblings! - won't be able to stop thinking about this powerful story. They will easily see themselves or their peers in Jude and Noah.
Not a con, but a note! Although the book is written at an upper-elementary level, the story is mature and intended for a high school or older audience.
This is a young adult novel about growing up.
From family dynamics, sibling rivalry, and grief to discovering your values and self-acceptance, I'll Give You The Sun offers lots to discuss.
13 and Up
15 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16