Today i bring you my review on “I’ll Give You the Sun”, the book who took my top contemporary by storm! A new book in Portugal but quite successful out there.
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude 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 dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. 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.
We follow young Noah (13 – 14 years old) and older Jude (16 years old). In both perspectives we see the twin brother/sister so we can follow their growth as twins, as individuals and their personalities.
I loved this book until the very end, every word of it. It starts slow, we get to know the characters and how their lives are in the present and in the past. Never understanding what made everything change so much.
Jude and Noah are great characters, when they are 13-14, they act like their age and make mistakes, lie and fall in love. This book is about them and how destiny can be said in a different way. “Maybe some people are always meant to be in the same story”. We have 3 love stories in total, but this is only a part of the book.
I recommend this to everyone, adults and teens, but adults will see the book in a different way and rather then children they will see the deep meaning.
The book is filled with art and how art flows through you. I’m not really into art (i can’t draw a stick man) but this really made me feel everything, not Noah (painting and everything) but Jude and the stone.
This book is funny and light, give it a try! 🙂
I will do a more detailed review in the spoiler section, but try to go to this book with little information and get to know the characters yourself. I enjoyed that aspect a lot.
5 out 5!
Have you read it? How do you feel about it? Spoiler section next.
Jude: Great character and her dynamic with other character is magical, flows easily. Her chapters were the funnier ones, i like the prophecies details all through and the way she feel in love with Oscar (my new book crush) and with Guilhermo. She felt what her mother felt, she always felt separated from her mother but in that moment she felt her.
The rape scene made me cringe not because it was violent but because of what Jude felt. That “No” would get out, how sick she felt, everything she had kept for 2 years, but i only got to this feeling in the end when she tells us what Fry said to her after, that they will all have sex with her. That was my breaking point.
Noah: The boy with all the dreams, but with nightmares like a black hole, i cant begin to describe his evolution. When he was 13/14 he was like every other boy, he was jealous, felt his father didn’t liked him and his mother was all he had. Not going to Art School was heart breaking, he was art and he didn’t follow the dream that he as his mother worked so much on. But caring that lie for 2 years.
Both of them had lies, both had problems and made bad things to each other, but in the end nothing matters, what matters was saying everything, feeling free.
Brian and his relation was real, like any other couple, i ship them hard!
Plot Twist/Surprise: Loved it, i loved Guilhermo, he had so much pain in his chest so much hurt. But they became a family like they were supposed to.