Yes, this is technically a Young Adult novel, but in my opinion, it's categorized as YA because it's ABOUT young adults. It is however FOR any reader at any age.
Noah and Jude are paternal twins and they are both artists. I’ll Give You the Sun is about their dynamic relationship during their teenaged years.
I could not stop reading this book. It perfectly captures the emotional volatility of growing up, but more specifically growing up as an artist. The story of Noah and Jude is weaved beautifully and unpredictably throughout, as the author jumps back and forth between perspectives and time periods.
To call Jandy Nelson's language descriptive or colorful would be an understatement. And to say that she has a mastery over the modern teenage vernacular would be missing the point. Her luminous use of metaphor gives you entreé into the twins' minds, and allows you to see the world from their individual and distinct points of view, which only makes you love them even more and care about their personal and artistic trajectories.
I'll Give You the Sun packs a mean emotional punch which will knock you on your ass and make you want to dance at the same time.
I already have. It's sound advice on love and life from a woman who is not only emotionally intelligent but a terrific writer. Listening to this book made me feel safe and understood and not alone.
The writer of the Dear Sugar column Cheryl Strayed of course. I love how she opens up and uses her own life experience to empathically connect with her readers. It's a beautiful thing.
I'm glad she narrated. Having her do so was a good match for the authenticity of her writing.
Boundaries. The importance of boundaries, and that "f-----ed up people will try to tell you otherwise but boundaries have nothing to do with whether you love someone or not. They are not judgments, punishments or betrayals. They are a purely peaceable thing: the basic principals you identify for yourself that define the behaviors that you will tolerate from others. Boundaries teach people how to treat you and they teach you how to respect yourself."
Excellent excellent excellent. Absolutely worth every penny.
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