There is so much to love about this young adult novel that won the Printz award in 2015. The characters are complex and flawed, but are very real. As they struggle through life, you feel like you know them personally and are invested in their outcome.
The story is told from the point of view of the main characters, twins Jude and Noah. Each one alternates narrating a section of the book. Noah is first, and his part of the story takes place when the characters are 13 years old. Jude follows, but her portions all take place three years later, at the age of 16. There have been huge changes that took place in the three intervening years, and slowly, each character divulges their own part of the story to create the whole. Readers who enjoyed We Were Liars by E. Lockhart will recognize similarities between the two books.
Art appreciation, and art as therapy, is a central focus of I’ll Give You the Sun. The story is also about discovering yourself, as both Jude and Noah set out to “remake the world” through their art. The dialog and situations in the story are genuine and ring true to the age of the characters. There are many insights to be had, and Jandy Nelson writes with such a beautiful voice. Overall a wonderfully engrossing and entertaining book!