Author(s): Jandy Nelson
The New York Times Bestselling story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, Nicola Yoon, Jonathan Tropper, Emma Straub, and Rainbow Rowell
"We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story."
At first, Jude and her twin brother are NoahandJude; inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.
The early years are Noah's to tell; the later years are Jude's. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they'll have a chance to remake their world.
This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing--often all at once.
"Twins Noah and Jude were once so close they could breathe as one, almost meld into one person, their hearts beating in time. Told in alternating chapters - Noah aged 13, Jude aged 16 - it becomes clear that something has happened to drive them apart. They are barely speaking and, from the other's perspective, they seem like completely different people. The once awkward and bullied 13 year old Noah - both terrified of and obsessed by his growing interest in boys - is, at 16, one of the popular kids. The popular 13 year old Jude now hides herself in an oversized hoodie and has become increasingly superstitious - trying to control the world around her through the advice left to her in her grandmother's handwritten "bible".
An incredibly tense, perfectly paced, extraordinarily well-written story of love, art and betrayal. The voices of each character leap off the page - each portraying the emotional intensity of adolescence in their own completely individual ways.
Jandy Nelson is a published poet and her ability to capture the essence of a moment, an emotion, in a phrase which lingers long after you close the book is incredible. This book will leave you fizzing.
Highly recommended for 14 plus - or anyone ready to deal with the emotional issues which arise."
Printz Award Winner Stonewall Honor Book Shortlisted for Waterstones Children's Book Prize: Older Fiction 2016.
"A wild, beautiful, and profoundly moving novel. Jandy Nelson's writing is so electric, so alive, her pages practically glow in the dark." --Ransom Riggs, New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City "Jandy Nelson is a rare, explosive talent, and one of the best writers working today. Her prose is vivid, breathtaking, and drenched in passion, and her stories remind me why words can change the world." --Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of the Shatter Me series. "I love this book. Jandy Nelson is my new writing hero. Read this book. She'll be your favorite author as well." --Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s "Jandy Nelson's writing is poetic and mesmerizing. More importantly, Nelson weaves a novel that seeps into your bones like fire on a cold day . . . I'll Give You the Sun is a novel that promises a story like nothing else and then delivers it." --Garret Freymann-Weyr, author of Printz Honor book, My Heartbeat "This is a stunning, artfully woven story. My heart burst open at the blazing, unforgettable end. Magnificent." --Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone "An extraordinary book I've never read anything like it. Lyrical-unique-passionate-magical-tragic-hopeful--Nelson's characters will fly off the page and into your heart." --Nancy Garden, author of Annie on my Mind
Jandy Nelson's books have been published all over the world. I'll Give You the Sun has been optioned by Warner Bros, with Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan (who are behind the upcoming adaptation of Gayle Forman's If I Stay) behind the deal. The Sky Is Everywhere, Jandy's debut novel, was selected as a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults title and a Junior Library Guild Selection as well as being longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Jandy lives in San Francisco and is madly in love with California, how it teeters on the edge of the continent. Follow Jandy on Twitter @jandynelson or visit her online at www.jandynelson.com.