There is a reason ‘I’ll Give You The Sun’ by Jandy Nelson has won more awards than we can count. Awarded ‘Best Book of The Year’ by Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library, and Amazon, amongst others, this book has obviously affected countless readers, on top of ourselves here at MP!
Cat got her hands on a free copy through our You Review section of the site in exchange for an honest review.
Name: Cat McDavid
Have you read Jandy Nelson’s other book, ‘The Sky Is Everywhere’. If not, will you in future? It’s currently on my Kindle waiting to be read!
Which twin did you identify most with? I loved both Noah and Jude, it’s hard not to – they are extremely relatable, but there was something so endearing about Jude’s other-wordly connection, and dedication to Grandma Sweetwine’s superstitions (“If a boy gives a girl an orange, her love for him will multiply.”) that stuck with me long after I had finished the book.
Did you find the split narrative between 2 different times confusing or clever? I felt incredibly fickle reading as my allegiance switched from Noah to Jude and back again. Nelson plants us smack bang in the middle of their rivalry, and it’s hard to pick sides when, like them, you only have half the story.
Which of the characters apart from the twins was your favourite, and why? Ah, I have to pick just one?! Obviously Grandma Sweetwine has stolen my heart, but a second favourite has to be the tormented, heartbroken, Guillermo.
We think this book is full of beautiful quotes. Do you have a favourite? I adore the lyrical titles Noah gives his artwork: (Portrait: The Boy with All the Keys in the World with All the Locks), but my favourite *has* to be “Oh my Clark Gable!”
Rate it out of 10. It has to be a 10!