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“We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”

At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Dial Books
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Kelly I teach Middle School. This book is in my classroom library right next to the John Green, David Levithan and others. Read it first and see chose for…moreI teach Middle School. This book is in my classroom library right next to the John Green, David Levithan and others. Read it first and see chose for yourself. I have a number of students that can handle the topics addressed within. Additionally, the writing is beautiful - a wonder-full model for excellent writing. (less)

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Kat O'Keeffe
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
SO FREAKIN GOOD. This just became one of my favorite books of the year, and one of my favorite contemporary novels of all time! It was funny and romantic and touching and so beautifully written! I loved it. I literally just finished it and I already want to reread it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Emily May
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book should be called I'll Give You Death by Artistic Metaphor. It seems like I'm in the minority on this one, but I did not like the writing style at all.

I guess it should be noted that I was also not a fan of the author's first novel - The Sky is Everywhere - which everyone but heartless little me seemed to love. Unlike many people I know, I picked this one up because the premise intrigued me and not because of a love for the author's previous work.

You may be thinking: this is a poetic no
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karen
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
"I love you," I say to him, only it comes out, "Hey."

"So damn much," he says back, only it comes out, "Dude."




i think this one was also a 3.5 for me. there were things i liked SO MUCH about it, and then there were things that bothered me a little. (and not just my fear of twins this time)

first to the good.

i enjoyed the unusual structure - the fact that it alternates between the voices of twins noah and jude where noah's story takes place when they are 13 and jude's takes place when they are 1
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Brian Yahn
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read in a long long time, I'll Give You the Sun, gave me the chills, gave me a heart attack, gave me everything I ever wanted from a love story.

(Self-portrait: boy in love with a book)

The narrators have such fun voices, the writing and use of artistic metaphors is beautiful, and the pacing is amazing. Pretty much everything about this book is perfect. It's essentially Gone Girl meets Romeo and Juliet. The characters connect so cohesively with their incredibly dark-twis
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Christine Riccio
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. IT MOVED ME SO MUCH IN SO MANY WAYS <3
Clau R.
NOT JUST 5 STARS, ALL OF THE STARS!!!
This book was perfect and beautiful and everything.

EDIT: 04/02/2015

Quería editar este review porque aunque ya he hablado maravillas de este libro en mi canal, siento que también merece que diga aquí cuánto me gustó.

I'll Give You the Sun es un libro muy hermoso y conmovedor, lleno de cosas que no me había encontrado en otros libros. Creo que la escritura de Jandy Nelson es la razón principal por la que este libro me pareció tan arrollador. Como he dicho ya e
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Samantha
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2016
This was the perfect book to finish on my birthday. I adored Jandy Nelson's first book, and didn't think I could love this one just as much!
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit

I don't think I can properly review this book without just throwing flails and gifs and barbaric yawps into the air. It's that lovely, that exquisite that any review I write will just pale in comparison to the writing in the book. That said...I want you to read this book, so I have to try.

P.S. I borrowed all the quote gifs from Penguin Teen, because who doesn't want to see more of that gorgeous cover?!



I'll Give You The Sun is probably the most literar
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emma
I’LL GIVE THIS BOOK THE SUN. FIVE SUNS. More than that, if Goodreads had ever answered my impassioned plea to add a sixth star (which I sent by pony express after Ready Player One). (Pony express means mail, right? I’m a fan of that.)

https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...

How do I love thee, book? Let me count the ways. (That’s both a reference to this book and an illustration of how difficult it will be to put my intense adoration of it into, like, a semi-coherent review.) (Sidenote: I’ve neve
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Kaylin
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
5 Stars

Overview: Third Read:


I’m always a little scared to re-read books I love. I’ve read so much since the last time, I’ve lived so much, will my perspective be different? When I read it this time, will I notice glaring issues? Not relate to the characters? Fall out of love with it?

No.

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I did notice things others might not enjoy. And I understand I just… don’t relate.

The writing style is as artistic as the characters and the whole book drips with prose. The metaphors are eccentric, dramatic, a
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Christy
5 stars

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I’ll Give You the Sun is different than any other book I’ve read. The writing style (it was lyrical to me), the story line, that themes, the characters, they were all excellent. There were a few things that I didn’t love, but overall it was a memorable and brilliant story that deserves 5 stars. Also, I listened to the audio version of this one and the narration was fantastic.

Twins Jude and Noah are both artists. So is their mother. This story is written in dual POV, from past to presen
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Jessica (priceiswong)
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own
Finished my first book for the BookTube-a-Thon!

This was definitely one of my favorites of the year.
I honestly love everything about it. The writing was so beautiful... The way it switched between young Noah and older Jude's perspectives. The love stories, the art. Literally everything. Read this book. It's so beautiful and now I just want to read every single thing by this author.
Katie
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
OH MY GOSH this book was so beautiful. It was a little bit of a slow start for me, but wow. I loved everything about it.
Liam
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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what a truly beautiful book!!

I CRIED ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT OVER HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS BOOK IS!

I got so emotionally invested in this book that I became hooked and fell completely in love with it!

When I first started reading it took a while to get into purely because of how unique the writing style is. But when you do get used to it you see just how amazingly well written this book is.

One of my favourite things was the way the story was told from different point of views from years apart! It kept me gr
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Warda
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
I've read this book for the third time now and it is still as magical as ever. My heart was aching and floating whilst I was reading it. I cannot put into words what and how this book makes me feel! I can never get enough of it. Slice of heaven of a book if there ever was one.


Original review
My heart. Words will fail me. This book did something to my soul. My heart exploded about a hundred times whilst reading it and I cannot express how much I loved it! How much I'll continue to love it. It w
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Juliana Zapata
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Una historia maravillosa, perfectamente narrada, sin una sola frase de relleno, con personajes perfectamente construidos, con un ritmo que no cansa, con frases que llegan al corazón, con imágenes que aportan magia y con un mensaje que te deja una sonrisa en la cara.

Este es uno de los pocos libros que he leído en los que me encariñé con todos los personajes principales, todos tan diferentes, tan imperfectos y tan reales; es imposible no amarlos, no vivir sus historias, no sufrir con sus errores y
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Kai
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, glbt, to-buy
“Maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people. Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time. Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things.”

This novel started out weird and confusing and colourful. It took me a while to adjust to the style of writing and a few pages in I finally started to und
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Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kainat by: Kaylin
“This is what I want:
I want to grab my brother’s hand and run back through time, losing years like coats falling from our shoulders.”


^^THIS FUCKING QUOTE IS MAKING
MY DAMN EYES WATERY AGAIN!


WOW! What a wonderfully written spectacular tale. Are there perfect words to delineate the way I feel about this? Absolutely not! It's been such a long time since I actually genuinely enjoyed a book this much. Any book can make you laugh, it's the ones that break your heart, I treasure. For months I haven
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Miranda Lynn
DNF after 116 pages.

I feel like I'm probably going to get shot for this, considering the (currently) 4.30 rating and plethora of rave reviews on Goodreads...but I honestly really did not like this book. I made it to page 116 before I had to give up because I just couldn't take it anymore. I kept hoping that it would get better or that I was missing something that would somehow finally click — but it never did. This book is just  not for me .

First of all, the chapters are so long. I don't think I
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Sophia
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
emotionally, this book deserves 13049820394234 stars.

when i take into account the rushedrushedrushed ending and the predictability, i feel like it deserves 4 stars.

so, 4.5 stars it is.

the characters are so alive, so well-developed, so flawed, and so beautiful. the story is gorgeous.

this book is a must-read.
Theresa
I read "I'll Give You the Sun" when it was released back in 2014, and I still can't write a proper review for it. So I'll just keep it short and to the point. This little beauty right here is the BEST YA novel I've ever read (and I've read a lot of them). Jandy Nelson has the soul of a poet. Her prose/writing style is electric, emotional, and truly a gift from God. I cried so many times. I still think about all the wonderful/tragic things that happened to the twins, Noah and Jude. The characters ...more
Romie
I think I’ve just read one of the most beautiful books ever written.

I had no idea how much I needed this book in my life, right now. But I’m so glad it found its way to me. I felt understood, like this book knew who I was and had this story in stock just for me.

I’m a miserable mess right now, I don’t even know if I’ll ever be able to write a proper review one day, it seems so impossible to put all my thoughts in order.

I felt an immediate connection with Noah. We’re both the younger sibling who l
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Cait (Paper Fury)
I JUST WANT TO ART NOW. This book has inspired me so much I simply cannot contain the beautifulness of it. It definitely goes down as one of the most BEAUTIFULLY written books ever.

Although I did have a rocky start with it. I'm a pretty much black-and-white thinker...I'm creative (I write!) but sometimes when things get too metaphorical and lyrical and off-the-universe-imaginative...I LOSE IT. So the beginning of the book had me floundering. I found Noah's chapters really hard to grip onto with
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Tweebs☯
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill”

nah man, that's easy for you to say.



I'm sitting here debating whether I should give up on writing this entire review and instead type: shfjdsfhdkjshskjghjsfhdsjf i rather live as an apple bye.

but no, i'm forcing myself to put some effort. I can't be a procrastinator forever.

Alright

if i was the president of a country, i would totally make everyone read this book. This book is absolute perfection and feels like a personal ass
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alexandra
this book is so complex, so poetic, so emotional, and so powerful. it's the kind of book i want to reread a million times, overanalyze, and cover the margins with notes. i felt every sentence's second meaning and it hit me really really hard. it made me feel SO MANY FEELINGS and i can't even pinpoint exactly why.

i'll admit the first few pages were a bit rough. the writing is very different from what i'm used to; everything is a metaphor and i wasn't sure if this was literally happening or if it
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Maureen
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I actually really enjoyed this book! I know everyone said it was great but I halfway didn't believe them and I was happy to be proven wrong!
I really loved being in Noah and Jude's heads and I LOVED their stories and how strongly they loved and cared about people.
The plot was so great and I cared SO MUCH about everyone and how things happened and what was going to happen and it was so wonderful to be so invested.
What I didn't love was the suspended disbelief I had to carry through this whole bo
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Ryan
We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story."

4.5/5 stars

(Mild spoilers ahead?)

I'll Give You the Sun was not at all what I expected. For the first fifty pages, the poetic writing style was throwing me off. I had to re-read sentences a few times to decipher if that actually happened, or if it was just some weird metaphor. (99% of the time, it was a metaphor. Just FYI.) But everyone was raving about this book,
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Kristina Horner
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was beautiful. The ways in which everything intertwined, and the amount of growth the characters went through, and seeing this story through both Noah and Jude's eyes from different moments in time - it was just perfection. I don't even care that it all fit together TOO well, it was perfect and amazing and I loved it.
Kassidy
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this is truly a powerful story!

*4.5*

Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sr3L...
TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I loved it so much in fact I had to actually have my BF hide my kindle in order to get anything done. Because once this book was in my hands, I was completely immersed and nothing was interrupting me. I wouldn't have cared if there was a freaking fire engulfing the house. I wasn'
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Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky is Everywhere, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling second novel, I’ll Give You the Sun, received the prestigious Printz Award, Bank Street's ...more
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