By: Jandy Nelson
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Walker Books
Published: 01 Jun 2015
ISBN: 9781406326499


From the critically acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere, a radiant novel that will leave you laughing and crying - all at once. For fans of John Green, Gayle Forman and Lauren Oliver.

Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close - until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don't realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.


I’ll Give You The Sun is a very philosophical, poetic and beautifully written story.

Jude and Noah are twins with very different personalities. Jude is outgoing, spiritual and fiery, whilst Noah is quiet and reserved and he spends all his time drawing. They are both extremely talented artists, but it is Noah who has the real passion for it and sees it as being his future. Their art tears them apart, but can it also bring them back together?

The story is told from both of their perspectives, at different times in their lives ranging from when they are 13 to 16. An age when they are finding out who they are and developing their relationships, both within and outside their family.

For Noah, it is an extremely turbulent time, as he struggles to deal with his feelings for the new neighbour, Brian. Jude has her own issues of identity, and when tragedy strikes the family, their feelings of loss, grief and guilt are overwhelming and all consuming and they both deal with this in different ways.

This is an extremely powerful book, that I found difficult to put down. There are many passages that demonstrate some magnificent writing, and the intertwining of the characters is extremely well done.

Dealing with themes of identity, belonging and homosexuality, it will be best appreciated by those 15+. It does also contain some swearing and teenage sex.

Reviewed by Sam