Save The Date: I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

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 I'll Give you The sun by Jandy Nelson


* Release date according to Goodreads

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

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What I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson is about:

Jude and Noah are twins and have always been very close — Jude the popular, wild daredevil who is outgoing and fun and Noah the quiet, artistic outcast who loves the boy next door. The cracks in Noah and Jude’s relationship start to form at age 13/14 and one event will completely shatter them (told through Noah’s perspective) and then 3 years later the twins, who are stranger to each other and barely speaking, will start to find their way back to each other (told through Jude’s perspective).

Why You Should Be Saving The Date for I’ll Give You The Sun:

1. The writing is just absolutely gorgeous: In typical Jandy fashion, the writing is just so damn beautiful. It’s an art form with the way she writes — vivid and beautiful imagery and metaphors and these sentences that just evoke so much feeling. I was absolutely tangled up in her prose and wanted to stay there forever.

2. The way the story is told kept me turning the pages: The (very long) chapters are told in alternating fashion — chapters where 13/14 year old Noah tells the story and then 16 year old Jude tells the story 3 years later. So we see the beginning fractures to their relationship through Noah’s eyes and we see where they are in the present through Jude’s eyes and it was just SO effective to hear from both of the twins and also heartbreaking as a reader because we KNOW secrets and key pieces that they are missing that could help repair their relationship. We carry the burden of their secrets and biggest hurts.

3. It’s the best book I’ve read all year: This book was 100% a Jamie book. I’ve already mentioned the FLAWLESS writing but it was just the kind of intensely beautiful and heartbreaking book that always burrows itself inside my heart. Memorable characters, moments that steal your breath away and a portrait of humanness so raw it hurts at times (I wept at times). I wanted to savor it and devour it all at the same time which is the best kind of book for me. Also, I need my finished copy because it WILL be reread ASAP.

4. I finished it and I was speechless. It’s not often that I’m at a loss for words but I’ll Give You The Sun is just a book unlike most. Jandy Nelson is one of the best writers out there in YA and elsewhere and I feel like my words aren’t even worthy enough to begin to talk about this book. The struggle is real, friends, to even begin to try to describe this book. Just experience it and let her writing and storytelling dazzle you. You don’t READ a Jandy Nelson novel, you live it. Her words will ignite you.


Who Should Save The Date: fans of Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere obviously, people who like poetic and lyrical writing, fans of Melina Marchetta/Cath Crowley/Hilary T. Smith (I also likened, when I reviewed Shatter Me, her kind of writing to Jandy’s writing if that helps), fans of siblings stories, people who like books that are both heartbreaking and beautiful, lovers of character driven novels, people looking for a unique read, fans of books that make you think, PEOPLE WHO THINK YA CANNOT BE LITERARY (read this and I dare you to tell me that again!)


A Sneak Peek: “A horrible flailing monster of a noise comes out of me and then the whole disgusting night wants to come out of me too. I run to the side of the road and throw up each grain of beer and that disgusting drag of a cigarette, ever last lying, revolting kiss, until I’m just a bag of clattering bones” (this is taken from the advanced copy and could be subject to change)

“I think the heart of every living thing on earth is beating in my body.” (this is taken from the advanced copy and could be subject to change)

Be on the lookout for my FULL review closer to the release date where I will flesh out my thoughts a little more!


Have you read this one? Are you excited for it?? Putting it on your TBR list?

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. I looooved The Sky is Everywhere. And this one sounds amazing. I used to loathe dual perspectives, but now I find that if it’s done right it can really expand characters. Definitely saving the date.

    • It was SOOOO amazing. I think I liked it even more than The Sky Is Everywhere and that is one of my all time faves. Glad you are saving the date and hope you love it!! 🙂

  2. HOLY GORGEOUS. Just that little sneak peek you gave us is giving me the chills! I actually haven’t read anything by Nelson yet, but clearly, I NEED TO. I’m so so happy that you loved this one to the point that it’s your favorite book of 2014, and that you were SPEECHLESS after finishing it. I’m SO excited for this one, thanks for your Save the Date thoughts on this one, Jamie!!

    • AHH I KNOW. HER WORDS. And yes…read The Sky Is Everywhere while you wait for this one to come out/before you snag a copy!! There are not many writers, for me, that do what she does. It’s just seriously ART.

  3. This sounds wonderful. I love stories that leave the reader speechless. It’s so satisfying, thinking about the book long after it’s done Thanks for sharing!

  4. I was iffy about putting it on my list but I will definitely include it now! 🙂

    Thank you for posting!

  5. Okay, so I definitely need to read some Jandy Nelson since you rave about her so much! And this book sounds like something right up my alley. I love, love, love sibling stories (having two sisters myself). So glad you loved this and that you were able to grab it at BEA. 🙂

  6. Gah, I have my copy and really, really want to get to it, but so many other books are preventing me from doing so…I’m hoping in August, but I don’t know how I’m going to wait. I’m pretty sure I’m going to cry insanely…

    I meant to tell you…I love this feature – you are a gem for posting so early about your faves, and then doing actual reviews. I’m not sure how you pull it off, but I am impressed. =)

  7. I just saw this got a starred review in PW & I’m excited. I read the Sky is Everywhere, and while I liked it, I didn’t have as much as a love affair as others did. (Was it hype? No idea.) So I’m anxious to get to this one. Calling it the best book you read all year is freaking high praise! 😉