I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson | Book Review

Everything is true at once. Life is a contradiction. We take in every lesson. We find what works.

Book: I’ll Give You the Sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Genre: YA Fiction

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On my birthday this year, Snigdha and Nano gifted me the novel ‘I’ll Give You the Sun’ by Jandy Nelson. It had been in my list of books to read for a while. During my summer break from university, I finally got a chance to pick up the novel and immerse myself in a world of fiction.

Gripping from the first page, the writing is based on two different perspectives and both set in two different years. The story moves back and forth between three years and a pair of twins. Beyond the love story entwined in the novel, that the short description tells you about; this story is about a relationship. A relationship between a brother and a sister, and that between family and ghosts.

The young girl, Jude is known to talk to her grandmother’s ghost. Philosophically, this ghost refers to her grandmother’s ideas and intellect. How Jude assumes her grandmother would have responded to the situations in her life. Those responses build her up as a person, guide her intuition and allow her to reason her decisions in her life.

The novel is set up around a forest and specifically an area called the Devil’s Drop. The waves of human emotion are clearly represented by Noah’s (the twin brother) constant jumps off of this drop. The slowness when you are up in the sky versus how fast it is when gravity pulls you towards the ocean. The imagery of the forest still remains with me. The personification of trees is a highly significant part of the writing.

Beyond relationships, it teaches you the value of doing what you love and staying true to yourself. The value of camaraderie and self-worth is much beyond the book.

I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I did!

Stay tuned for my book club starting on this blog soon!!

Until next time,
Srish. xx

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