For the first month of #SassyBooks Hayley & I decided to read I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson and I’m so happy to say that lots of others joined in too! Seeing as it’s the last Tuesday of the month, here’s what I thought of the book…
I’d read one of Nelson’s books, The Sky Is Everywhere, previously and really enjoyed it. I also recommended it to Hayley and if I remember correctly she wasn’t quite so keen. I’ll Give You The Sun is a young adult novel – not to everyone’s tastes – but it did turn out to be a pretty good read.
I’ll Give You The Sun follows Noah and Jude, twins who’s lives are torn apart as they grow older. Their rift is only exacerbated by a tragedy that changes both of their lives forever, in ways they are yet to understand. Alternating between the twins as thirteen year olds and as sixteen year olds, the book delves in to their love of art and the role it plays in their changing lives, accompanied by some pretty gorgeous illustrations. I feel like I missed out on a lot of the beauty within the book as I chose to read it on Kindle, but there were still some really beautiful pieces to go alongside the story.
As it turns out, neither Noah nor Jude knows the full story of the events that caused their relationship to deteriorate and as time goes on more and more becomes clear. I was actually really surprised by how the plot played out which doesn’t happen very often!
The book itself is beautifully written, although with maybe a few too many metaphors, and I think it would be pretty relatable for most people out there. Loneliness is too common an emotion and it was one that stood out to me a lot. Overall I really enjoyed this book and despite the somewhat long chapters it was a great read.
My overall rating for this book is 4/5, I’d thoroughly recommend it if you’re a fan of young adult fiction… or even if you’re not! Be sure to check out some of the other reviews from people who have also taken part in #SassyBooks: Nicole, Laura, Paula, Kariss, Bethan, Allie.
For next month Hayley and I have decided that our book will be Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill; available from Amazon here. In a world where girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools and trained in the art of pleasing men. I think it’ll have a lot of talking points and sounds like an interesting read. I’m really excited to read this as I love dystopian fiction, hopefully it lives up to my expectations!