Like most twins, Jude and Noah are very close, but that changes when an unimaginable tragedy tears them apart. As they both struggle to cope with the grief and loss of the situation, they find themselves able to discover what they truly want and how they can come to terms with the disaster that has struck their family. When they begin to fall in love with boys they can’t have, they start to realise that love is complicated, whether it’s with your own family or the new boy in town.
What makes this book so uniquely powerful is the the vivid metaphors and descriptions. The pieces of artwork the twins create are described beautifully, and Jude’s use of language to explain her feelings is brilliant. I’ll Give You the Sun is a book where the emphasis is placed primarily on the character’s developing emotions in the aftermath of a disaster. However, it took me a while to complete this book as it is not told in chronological order – the story moves back and forth between the twins and back in time to they were 13, which for me made it difficult to follow the development of the characters. Having said that, it doesn’t detract from an otherwise deeply powerful plot.
Overall, I’ll Give You the Sun is beautifully written, and I highly recommend it to you. If you haven’t already, it would be much appreciated if you would check out my Instagram @Alyssafictionforteens (link in sidebar) and like my Facebook page, to keep up to date with everything “Fiction For Teens” and to let me know what you would like to see more of. Thanks!