Book Review: I’ll Give You The Sun

I feel like an evil person when I say this, but I promised y’all that I will always be honest (even when it hurts) so here it is… I hated I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson for the first 200 pages of this book. Yeah, I said it! Now you know the awful truth. However, before you grab your pitchforks and head towards East Texas to burn me at the stake, please continue reading. It does get better!

A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

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.

First off, Jandy Nelson is an amazing writer. This was my first book by her but damn, that woman has a way with words. Like Noah from the story, she paints a vivid picture making you feel and experience the scene as if you were actually there. I expected the story to be what pulled me in, but it wasn’t, it was the writing. (I was actually bored for the longest time). Her imagery and the way she wrote Noah’s POV was beautiful and so creative. An artist painting an artist with words. Amazing. I know some people were turned off by all of the metaphors and found it to be a bit much, but I disagreed. She was writing it as an artist would see it and I really enjoyed that.

A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for

This was written using alternating POV’s for each chapter. We view the younger years through Noah’s eyes and follow him as he tries navigating through some very confusing and important times of his life. He is falling in love for the first time with the boy next door, while dealing with the isolation and aftermath of what this means. I really enjoyed reading about Noah, seeing him struggle with the truth about his sexuality was incredibly moving and emotional. I can’t imagine what it’s like to experience that as a teenager but Nelson did a beautiful job of helping us step into Noah’s shoes. I loved seeing his relationship with Brian progress. His transformation from the beginning of the story to the end was amazing.

Then later years are Jude’s story. It took me a while to get into the her chapters. I think it was maybe her mentality on being the whole “misunderstood and sullen teen” was a bit of a turn off. I didn’t understand why she was so superstitious and I found it annoying when she would go off about Grandmother Sweetwine’s bible. However, once Jude meets Oscar and Guillermo, I finally found myself invested more in her story that Noah’s. Crazy how that happened. Though, if truth be told, I think I was just obsessed with Guillermo. He sounds like a total badass and I want him to teach me how to sculpt. But I digress! I really enjoyed her interactions with them, as her character really started to transform then and she finally broke out of her shell.

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That is my favorite line of the entire book.

However, as beautiful as Noah’s journey and as interesting as Jude’s was, these twins have some major issues…SO SELFISH. SO JEALOUS. I swear I wanted to knock their heads against the wall every few pages. All of these problem that they were having could have been solved if they had sat down and just had a come-to-Jesus-meeting. That’s what normal people would do! But no, let’s spend the whole book sabotaging each other’s lives because we are too scared to talk about our feelings. You’re twins, you should be able to tell each other everything! Am I right or am I being a little harsh? I do have a really easy time just saying what I’m thinking, so maybe I am being a tad harsh here. But I think the way they handled the entire situation was completely childish and petty.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

The pacing of this story was a bit slow for me. As I mentioned, it took me close to 200 pages before I finally got in a rhythm with this book. There was a lot happening from the start of the book and yet it wasn’t answering any of my questions. I wasn’t really sure where this book was going and whether or not I wanted to stick around to find out. I kept having to make myself pick up the book and read which is never a good sign. Luckily, it finally hit that sweet spot where I couldn’t put it down and had to see how it would end.

Once it ended, I finally understood why so many people enjoy this book. It all came together beautifully and ended on a high rather than the low I was expecting. I really encourage everyone to read this book and witness the beauty of it.

Final Verdict: 4/5 Stars

TBR Book Tag

I was tagged a few days ago to do the TBR Book tag by Trisha @ The Bookgasm. Everyone go check out her beautiful blog! I feel bad that it’s taken me so long to get to this but I have so many tags to do right now and I am behind.

My TBR list is a little on the insane side, to say the least. If you’re my friend on Goodreads and have seen the list, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. If you’re not my friend on Goodreads, add me! 🙂 So yeah, this tag is perfect for me because I try not to look at my to-read list. I’m interested in seeing how this goes haha.

Let’s get to it!


1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Goodreads! It is a life saver if you’re like me and basically want to buy every book that you hear about but then when you get to the bookstore, you can’t remember what you came for in the first place. That’s when you get in to trouble and just start buying everything you see. Am I the only one who does that?

2. Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Print, for sure. I used to use my Kindle a whole bunch, especially when I lived in Prague, but I try not to anymore. I absolutely LOVE building my own library so I tend to buy all of my books as physical copies. However, I am using my Kindle app on my phone for some of current reads from NetGalley.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Usually it goes by my mood. But I’ve joined a few book clubs and read-alongs on Goodreads and Instagram the past two months so now I have to read certain books first. I currently have two shelves full of TBR books in my bookcase right now so I want to make a TBR jar, that way I won’t have to agonize for an hour over which book to read next haha.

4. A book that has been on your TBR the longest?

And the winner on my to-read shelf on Goodreads is…. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan!

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I added this book the day I joined Goodreads, January 2nd, 2013. I can’t believe that I started this series and then never finished it. Probably should do that this year at some point!

5. A book you recently added to your TBR?

I just added these yesterday haha!

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Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell and Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Because Star Wars?! I’m sold. Even if I’m not the biggest Rowell fan. And a retelling of Wizard of Oz? Yup, I want it.

6. A book that’s strictly on your TBR because of the cover?

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A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

A lot of people love this series but I don’t really know a lot about it. I just know that that cover is gorgeous and that’s enough for me.

7. A book on your TBR that you never planned on reading…

I always want to read a book at that moment if I add it to my TBR list. However, if I see it sometime at the bookstore or something and I know it’s been on my list, I may not be in the mood to buy it so I’ll pass on it. So I guess I don’t plan on reading it at that moment. I’m not even sure if that makes any sense haha!

8. A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you…

HA! Well where do you want me to start?

These are just a few but I would like to say, that I do own all of these but I just haven’t gotten around to reading them. There’s tons more but I’ll spare you.

9. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you…

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Don’t worry, ya’ll! I have to read this book this month for a book club so I’ll finally get to see what they hype is all about!

10. A book on your TBR you are dying to read…

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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

I read the first two books in this series years ago but never finished them and I am dying to! Everyone raves about this series and say this one is their favorite.

11. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR?

Uhhhhhhhh… 368! Yeah, I know I’m crazy. It’s a lot. Please don’t judge me on this because I do try but I’m constantly adding to it. It’s a sickness that cannot be cured.


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Cherry @ Read Forevermore

The Orangutan Librarian

Carrianne @ Carrianne’s Cuppa ‘n Critiques

As always, feel free to do this tag or not do it. It’s up to you! 🙂