Thursday, June 19, 2014

ARC Review | I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

ARC Review | I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson" class="ubb-image alignleft">I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers on September 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: ARC

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

Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and 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 divisive ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor. 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, fully alive, sometimes very funny novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once. 

"A wild, beautiful, and profoundly moving novel. Jandy Nelson’s writing is so electric, so alive, her pages practically glow in the dark." Ransom Riggs, New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City 
"Jandy Nelson is a rare, explosive talent, and one of the best writers working today. Her prose is vivid, breathtaking, and drenched in passion, and her stories remind me why words can change the world." -Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of the Shatter Me series. 
"I love this book. Jandy Nelson is my new writing hero. Read this book.  She'll be your favorite author as well." Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s

 Jandy Nelson’s writing is poetic and mesmerizing. More importantly, Nelson weaves a novel that seeps into your bones like fire on a cold day . . . I’ll Give You the Sun is a novel that promises a story like nothing else and then delivers it.” Garret Freymann-Weyr, author of Printz Honor book, My Heartbeat  

"An extraordinary book! I've never read anything like it. Lyrical-unique-passionate-magical-tragic-hopeful--Nelson's characters will fly off the page and into your heart." --Nancy Garden, author of Annie on my Mind.


A big thanks to the publisher at BEA for the ARC!

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 Years ago, when I first read The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, I immediately fell in love with her style of writing and longed for something more from her. When I found out she had a book coming out this year, I squealed with excitement. Now, image that excitement when I found out she would be at BEA AND there would be a galley drop of I’ll Give You The Sun. I was through the roof! And here is something else to image….as a first time BEA-goer, I walk into the exhibit hall, make a right, make a left, and suddenly….a GIANT stack of I’ll Give You The Sun galleys are right there in front of me. I could have left BEA then and there and would have been happy just to have that book. Of course, I didn’t leave. How could I?

After coming back from BEA, there was no question that my first read would be I’ll Give You The Sun. Sure it took me a little over a week to get through it, but that’s because I purposely dragged it out. I didn’t want it to end! Oh my word, it was phenomenal and everything + more that I hoped it would be. I laughed, I cried, I felt every single emotion the characters felt. Jandy blew me away in this novel, the same way she blew me away in her first.

I absolutely loved that the story was told from each twin’s perspective, but at different points in their life – Jude at 16 and Noah at 13 & 14. This allowed me to the get to know both Jude and Noah as they grew into their own person, aside from being each other. I adored both of them in their own way and fell in love with the story through the eyes of each of them.

There were so many elements of this story that I want to go into detail about, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone! I seriously cannot wait for this book to come out in September so I can discuss with everyone the phenomenal writing that is Jandy Nelsons. If you haven’t read her first novel, The Sky is Everywhere, I HIGHLY recommend that you do before this one hits shelves. You’ll completely understand what I mean after you read it. Her writing is inspirational and has this ghostly element that chills you down to the bone. I love it!

This book is easily one of my top reads of 2014….and it’s only June. 🙂

Five out of five stars!

PS. If you’ve read this one, let’s discuss!



6 Responses to “ARC Review | I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson”

    • Heather Anne

      Thank you! Hopefully you’re able to get your hands on a copy once it comes out, if not beforehand! It’s really a phenomenal read.

  1. Tammy

    I loved The Sky is Everywhere too! I’m looking forward to reading this one.

    • Heather Anne

      It was meant to be! I heard it’s been optioned to be a movie! That would be great to see one of Jandy’s books make the big screen. I hope the wait isn’t long before another book of hers comes out. Let me know what you think of it once you read it!

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