The Spotlight Book Club Presents: The I’ll Give You the Sun Showcase
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The “Spotlight Book Club” is one of the most exciting things we do on the blog! As avid teen readers, it’s hard to find a book club that features books we haven’t read yet and that is full of avid readers like ourselves, so we decided to start an ONLINE book club with readers like us all over the world! Each month we choose a book, and we will give you the entire month to read it. On the last Saturday of the month we will post a selection of mini-reviews (ranging from one of us to all of us) along with (we hope) an author interview, giveaway, or something else fun! Throughout the month, you can start threads on our Goodreads group to interact with other book club members. The only rule is you can’t spoil the book for everyone else!
October’s selection was I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson!
Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and 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 divisive ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor. 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.
This radiant, fully alive, sometimes very funny novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
And now, a mini review from Willa!
I’m a massive Jandy Nelson fan – I read The Sky is Everywhere when it was a little known novel that I fell in love with immediately, so when I got my hands on an ARC of I’ll Give You The Sun you can bet there were happy dances and scream fests.
I read this book in one sitting.
Nelson has this utterly gorgeous, lyrical writing style that I could read for days. Jude and Noah, the main characters in this new novel, have to be some of my favorite characters in YA. They’re complex, interesting, and incredibly relatable. In I’ll Give You The Sun, Nelson explores the sibling and family dynamic, and what a tragic event can do to a family – two of my favorite topics to read about, and she does it beautifully. This book is worth every penny – it’s heartbreaking, addicting, poignant, and utterly breathtaking. Go buy it. Now.