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I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson - Review

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – 6/5 stars

I feel like I need a whole new rating system for this book, it was mind-blowingly good. This is the second book by Nelson that I’ve read, the first being her only other published novel, The Sky is Everywhere, which consistent with this one, was amazing!

First off, I love—LOVE—the way Nelson writes. It’s stunning and so tangible. This book made me inspired to embrace my art, to write and dream and create things. I feel that’s remarkable, for an author to project the actions of their characters onto the reading. Just WOW I loved this book. At the start Nelson says the Twins felt real to her and, by the end, they were to me too.

The struggles of Jude feeling neglected by her mum then dealing with the deaths of her grandmother and mother was so heart wrenching and raw, I felt every word. Her absolute loss and maladaptive coping methods were stunningly accurate and really hit home for me. Nelson really captures Jude’s relationships, with her brother, ghosts, Oscar and Guillermo Garcia. On the topic Guillermo, I loved their relationship of mentor and mentee that helped both individuals grow so wonderfully full. And every character in the novel did grow, and wonderfully so, amazingly becoming their best selves. That’s what I loved about this book, how close I felt to all of the characters and how proud of them I was when they overcame their restrictions.

Another thing I loved, without spoiling anything majorly, was how interlaced the plot is and how stunningly (that’s a word apparently) the lives of each character turned out. On that, I found Noah’s story lovely, I am yet to come across any other story that captures the passion and turmoil within someone who can’t express their love openly (yes, he’s gay). Brian and Noah’s love story was stunning and I loved the very end with Jude and Noah’s Dad! The whole theme of fated love and soul mates was stunning especially with Oscar and Jude, how many universes had to align for them to meet each there and for their lives to be so intertwined.

Amazing! There are so many things I haven’t said about this book but I’ve gone on too long so I’ll end it here.

I am the number one advocate for this book, every should read it!

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