Review: Summer is not here yet, but ‘I’ll Give You the Sun’


Photo credit: Grace Dieveney

‘”I’ll Give You the Sun” sits on a bed. This book, written by Jandy Nelson, was published in 2014.

As summer quickly approaches, Angelenos anticipate beach and sunny amusement parks days — but for most Archer girls, the summer sun is still a few weeks away. However, in the mean time, you can get your fix through literature. The 2014 novel “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson will definitely warm your soul and bring sunshine to your life.

Nelson’s “I’ll Give You the Sun” is a time-traveling tragedy that exposes the danger of only knowing one side of a story. Fraternal twins Noah and Jude could not be more different. Jude dives off cliffs, wears red lipstick and hangs out with the “wrong crowd.” Noah, on the other hand, is an introverted artist, who falls in love with the boy next door. Despite their differences, Noah and Jude are closer than ever until an unexpected tragedy strikes their family.

Despite being published five years ago, the book’s themes remain relevant today. “I’ll Give You the Sun” explores love, friendship and family in a unique way that will be sure to have the audience laughing, crying and falling in love with Noah and Jude all at the same time as readers experience the sadness that drives them apart.

The fresh family dynamic was completely new and made this an incredibly interesting read. Noah and Brian’s burgeoning romance is adorable and will greet readers with butterflies in their stomachs.

Nelson uses poetry and complexity to tell the heartwarming story of the twins’ reunion, and her language and choices are bold and impactful. Due to some mature themes and references, “I’ll Give You the Sun” is suggested for readers ages 13+, according to Common Sense Media. 

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“I’ll Give You the Sun” takes readers on an emotional, cathartic journey. Two narratives collide in this novel, showing the danger of having half the story.