September 25, 2014

I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson

Young Adult
Pages: 384
Publisher: Dial
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Goodreads / Amazon

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.

Holy hell. Quite honestly, I'm dumbfounded.

This book has shaken my world. What an effing talent with words! This has got to be one of the best originally written novels I've read in my life. The writing was the most supremely and supernaturally cool weave-of-words that I've ever encountered. It's ridiculous. Jandy Nelson is now THE Rock Star of Spot-On writing. And yes, I just stole some of Noah's favorite words.

Jude and Noah are twins. They do what siblings do, love and hate each other. They each have their story and they also share a story, slowly letting us into their worlds and their secrets with their alternating voices. A story filled with love, betrayal, family, secrets, and most of all... magic.

I'm probably one of the only people on Earth who did not love-to-death The Sky is Everywhere. I really liked it, but that's it. So I was not jumping at the chance to read this. But then it got to the point where my feed was drowning in 5-star reviews of this thing and I was like, what the hell.

What the hell, indeed. Here's what this book is: Perfectly plotted story, characters that will crawl into your heart and squeeze, and lyrical singsong prose that will leave you breathless--and salivating for more. She paints like Noah, sculpts like Guillermo, only she uses the 26 letters of the alphabet. It's astounding.

As if I couldn't be more pleased, I'm pretty sure this will become a classic of Magical Realism. I grew up reading, rereading and rerererereading Isabel Allende's The House of Spirits. It's my all-time of all-times favorite book since I was like, 11. So the magic factor in this story was just like my own personal oasis on the driest of deserts.

Word of advice? Read this NOW.

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