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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (Sept. 16 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803734964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803734968
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for I'll Give You the Sun:

Winner of the 2015 Michael L. Printz Award
Winner of a 2015 Stonewall Honor

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2014
A TIME Top Ten Young Adult Book of 2014
Boston Globe Best Young Adult Novel of 2014
Huffington Post Top 12 Young Adult Book of 2014
A 2014 Cybil Award Finalist
A 2015 YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
A 2015 Topo Ten Rainbow List Selection
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2014
A 2014 Booklist Edtior's Choice Book
A Top 25 Young Adult Novel of 2014

"This is the big one—the blazing story of once inseparable twins whose lives are torn apart by tragedy."—Entertainment Weekly, "5 YA Novels to Watch Out For"

"Dazzling."—The New York Times Book Review

"Have you ever wanted to put a book in all of your friends' hands? This is that kind of book . . . Heartbreakingly honest."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Bold, even breathtaking. You get the sense [the] characters are bursting through the words, breaking free of normal metaphors and constructions, jubilantly trying to rise up from the prison of language . . . The book celebrates art’s capacity to heal, but it also shows us how we excavate meaning from the art we cherish, and how we find reflections of ourselves within it. . . . I’ll Give You the Sun is a dazzling mirror"—Lauren Oliver for the New York Times Book Review

"Both structurally virtuosic . . . and emotionally wrenching. That alone is a rare combination in literature, YA or otherwise. But then add in the characters . . . This book is a rebuttal to anyone suggesting YA, because it tells stories of young people, is somehow of lesser stuff. I’ll Give You The Sun is literature. Full stop. In my opinion, it’s not just the best YA book of the year, but one of the best books of the year."—Gayle Forman for Parade

"This book is many things at once, all of them engrossing. It's a book where teenagers think in almost indulgently poetic language while still sounding genuinely adolescent. It's two separate but equally intoxicating love stories. . . . Most of all, it's the mystery of what happened to tear Noah and Jude apart, and what—if anything—can bring them back together again."—NPR's Guide to 2014's Great Reads

"This book is about many things: grief, sexuality, creativity, bravery, identity, guilt. But mostly it's about love. Be prepared with more tissues than you needed for The Fault in Our Stars, a chunky notebook to scribble down all the quotes and a handful of witty responses when people ask why you're chuckling to yourself in the corner. Because this book will make you realise how beautiful words can be."—The Guardian

"Simply unforgettable. . . . If you’re looking for a book that’s deep and powerful and beautiful, look no further. You must read I’ll Give You the Sun."—Lisa Parkin for the Huffington Post’s “Top 12 Young Adult Books of 2014”

* “Readers are meant to feel big things, and they will—Nelson’s novel brims with emotion (grief, longing, and love in particular) as Noah, Jude, and the broken individuals in their lives find ways to heal.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "A resplendent novel...Art and wonder fill each page."—School Library Journal, starred review

* "Nelson’s prose is replete with moments of stunning emotional clarity, and her characters are as irresistible to the reader as they are to each other . . . No matter how they hurt each other, the love among all the characters is huge here—huge enough to destroy, huge enough to forgive, and huge enough to put their broken world back together again."—BCCB, starred review

* "In an electric style evoking the highly visual imaginations of the young narrators, Nelson captures the fraught, antagonistic, yet deeply loving relationship Jude and Noah share."—Booklist, starred review

* "An intricate and absorbing work of art emerges from the details of the interlaced sections. Few novels about twins capture so well the rewards and challenges . . . or the way in which people who have loved us remain in our minds after their deaths."—VOYA, perfect score

* "Readers will be hooked."—Library Media Connection

“The novel is structurally brilliant, moving back and forth across timelines to reveal each teen's respective exhilaration and anguish . . . Nelson's prose scintillates . . . dizzyingly visual . . . Here's a narrative experience readers won't soon forget.”—Kirkus

"Told in poetic prose with the barest hint of magical realism . . . a compelling meditation on love, grief, sexuality, family, and fate."—Horn Book

"I've gotten so involved in a book that I've missed my subway stop because I was reading; Jandy Nelson's I'll Give You the Sun might be the first time where I saw my stop and skipped it anyway."—The Daily Beast

"I'll Give You the Sun is a daydream . . . otherworldly and mesmerizing . . . Nelson's evocative language envelops one's imagination . . . an exquisite surrender to wonder and possibilities."—The Boston Globe

"I'll Give You the Sun gives the word 'intense' new meaning . . . a novel that makes you want to go out and skydive, but if you can read a novel like this now and then, you don't need to."—Newsday

"This one is going to be big... It is full of all the good stuff that sticks with you: love, identity struggles, loss, betrayal, and the complications of family, so you'll probably feel all the feels."—

"A blazing prismatic explosion of color . . . I'll Give You the Sun is that rare, immersive teen novel: To read it is a coming-of-age experience in itself."—Entertainment Weekly

"[These] viewpoints—Noah’s at 13 and 14, Jude's at 16—intersect in surprising ways, and eventually come together in a satisfying, if bittersweet, conclusion. . . . Young adults will learn they're not alone in navigating the emotional highs and lows of finding their identity; older readers will have moments of wistful recognition. I, for one, devoured this book.”—Montreal Gazette

"It's a meditation on life, art, family, fate, and how even the most broken people can help fix one another . . . This book will tear through you like a hurricane, leaving you in ruined awe."—Huffington Post

"Ingeniously told from the alternating perspectives of its spunky twin protagonists, this (technically) young adult noel jubilantly holds its own against the fall's grown-up offerings, with dead-on insights about surviving youth—and family."—O, the Oprah Magazine

"You'd think that we were plugging The Fault in Our Stars, but even that comparison might sell short I'll Give You the Sun... [It's] planted firmly in the positive, making for a gravity-defying, life-affirming experience."—San Francisco Magazine

"[Nelson] has an electrifying facility with description, especially how her characters feel at a given moment . . . [Jude], Noah, and the fine cast of subsidiary characters . . . are most memorable for how they poignantly illustrate the most basic of human emotions—love, grief, shame, remorse, joy."—Chicago Tribune

“One of Fall’s most anticipated YA books . . . it’s filled with complex and controversial themes that are relatable to anyone who has struggled with identity, sexuality, family ties and other struggles of growing up.”—

"Will pluck at your heartstrings."—People

"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


Praise for The Sky is Everywhere:

"Nelson's first novel is tender, romantic, and loaded with passion."—The Horn Book

"The author brilliantly navigates Lennie's course between despair and hope, sorrow and humor... a gripping love triangle."—Shelf Awareness

"In this amazing tale of love and loss, Nelson introduces a cast of characters who make the reader laugh and cry."—NPR's The Roundtable

"Nearly everyone who's staggering through life in the wake of a loved one's death will recognize themselves in this brilliant, piercing story."—The Denver Post

* "This is distinguished by the dreamy California setting and poetic images that will draw readers into Lennie's world..."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A joy to read. You'll remember [it] long after you've turned the last page."—The Romantic Times

* "It's romantic without being gooey and tear-jerking without being campy—what more could a reader want?"—BCCB, starred review

* "This is a passionate, vulnerable, wonderfully complete and irresistible book."—VOYA, starred review

"[Nelson] writes with abandon... it's a headlong kind of book, preferably devoured at a single setting."—Los Angeles Times

"Brimming with humor and life, full of music and the poems Lennie drops all over town, The Sky is Everywhere explores betrayal and forgiveness through a vibrant cast of characters."—SLJ

"Those who think young adult books can't be as literary, rich, and mature as their adult counterparts will be disabused of that notion after reading The Sky is Everywhere... A finely-drawn portrait of grief and first love."—The Daily Beast

"A story of love, loss, and healing that will resonate with readers long after they've finished reading."—Booklist

"A story about love and loss... both heartfelt and literary."—Kirkus Reviews

"Sky is both a profound meditation on loss and grieving and an exhilarating and very sexy romance. The book deserves multiple readings simply to savor Nelson's luscious language..."—NPR (chosen by Gayle Forman as one of the top five teen reads of 2010)

"How grief and love run side by side is sensitively and intensely explored in this energetic, poetic, and warm-blooded novel."—The Guardian

"An addictive, romantic, heartbreaking, and wise tale of one girl's epic loss—and equally epic self-discovery. Seriously, stop reading this blurb; start reading this book!"—Gayle Forman, author of the New York Times Bestseller If I Stay

"Wow. I sobbed my eyes out and then laughed through the tears. I have not fallen in love with a story and its characters like this in a long time. Stunning, heartbreaking, hilarious. A story that shakes the earth."—An Na, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award and National Book Award Finalist

"Okay, I admit it. I have a huge crush on this book—it's beautiful, brilliant, passionate, funny, sexy, and deep. Come to think of it, I might even want to marry this book."—Sonya Sones, author of What My Mother Doesn't Know

"Full of heart, quirky charm, and beautiful writing, The Sky Is Everywhere simply shines."—Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist and author of The Secret Life of Prince Charming

"Jandy Nelson's story of grief somehow manages to be an enchantment, a celebration, a romance—without forsaking the rock-hard truths of loss."—Sara Zarr, National Book Award Finalist and author of Story of a Girl and Sweethearts

"The Sky Is Everywhere evokes the intensity of desire and agony of heartache with breathtaking clarity. This beautifully written story will leave an indelible impression upon your soul."—Susane Colasanti, author of When It Happens

A Publishers Weekly Flying Start Title

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Translated into seventeen different languages

About the Author

Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give You the Sun, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, was on multiple Best Books of the Year lists, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, earned numerous starred reviews, has been translated widely, and continues to enjoy great international success. Jandy has a BA from Cornell, an MFA in poetry from Brown, and another MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently a full-time writer, Jandy lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings of The Sky Is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun.

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Format: Hardcover
So quietly I can barely make out the words, she says, "She's my mom too. Why can't you share?"

Jude and Noah both share a passion for the arts, even more so, the need for their mother's approval. After a tragic accident that leads to her passing away, they find each other lost. Noah spends his time cliff-diving,and Jude believes her mom's spirit keeps destroying all her art until she makes something worthwhile. If only they could remove this distance between them. If only the could share the sun and communicate.

They're were lots of secrets in this novel -- some of them I couldn't see coming at all. Nelson wrote the story with two different points-of-views, both past and present (keep in mind that each chapter is about 100 pages long) which really helped understanding both sides. I do however believe that the mother's character and motives were not illuminated enough. But then again, do we really know our parents...

A sad tale about the downside of having a sibling.
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Lauren Oliver wrote a great review of this book for the New York Times and in it she talks a bit about duality and dichotomies. Jude and Noah often feel like one half of the same whole and much of their life is overlapping. They both crave their mother’s attention. They’re both applying to the same art school etc etc. And they start their story seeing the world as something that can be easily split up – in more ways than one. Things can be divided into good and bad, but they can also be divided into Jude’s and Noah’s. The format/style of the book is a manifestation of those same themes.

I will admit however, that in the early stages of the story, I did struggle with Jude’s chapters. Her chapters take place “after” the accident that drove them apart and for the first little while there wasn’t a lot of energy behind them. Everything was reflection and vague references to what had happened. It wasn’t until she met Guillermo that things started to take off for her character.

Jude and Noah’s relationship felt incredibly honest all throughout this book, especially since it went through so many ups and downs. I think having a sibling is a bit of a double edge sword and Jude and Noah are the perfect reflection of that. No one understand Noah and Jude like they understand one another. But that also means that they can hurt each other like no one else can. But it also means they can feel incredibly close and then miles apart at the drop of the hat. Which definitely describes the relationship most people I know have with their siblings.

I think it’s easy to identify with Noah right from the start of the novel because he’s different and doesn’t fit in as easily as his sister does. A lot of people can relate to that.
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I had really high hopes for this book. It came highly recommended from friends, and there's a lot of love in the online book community for this one. Add that to the fact that the paperback cover is absolutely beautiful, and I couldn't resist when I first saw this book in Indigo.

Maybe it was because of the high expectations I had for this book, but it just wasn't as good as I had been hoping. Not that I didn't like it, but it just wasn't quite what I was hoping for. Isn't it always the way when books are hyped up like crazy?

There weren't too many unique elements to this story: family drama, relationships, secrets and lies, and coming of age. It's the way that they're put together that makes this book what it is. It wouldn't surprise me if this book made its way into the classics category someday in the future, or became common in the English curriculum.

The Good Points of I'll Give You The Sun:

The writing for this book is beautiful. Sometimes when you get very descriptive, pretty writing, it can take away from the story or be difficult to read, but not in this case. It was a little tricky to get into at the beginning, perhaps just because I had been reading much more plain writing previously, but it was fantastic once you got going.

This book is written in two separate points of view, each taking place at a different period of time. This could have been terrible, but it worked so well for this story, and gives you an interesting insight into everything that is happening in the story.

The way that the story comes together in the end is so wonderful, and gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling. I won't say more than this about it.

The characters are well developed, and very relatable.
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I had huge expectations. Really, I expected Nelson's writing to be like sunlight, giving me the actual sun. I was ready to be in that ultimate Beatles mood singing "Here Comes the Sun" and going mad because this is a sure 5 star read. No, it wasn't. Here I go again, disliking a book that's full of hype, but I have a great reason to prove the negative points: the over exaggeration. This is like a wannabe John Green or Rainbow Rowell read. It has no chance to get beautiful and go as deep as those authors' books. Just saying.

I'll Give You the Sun was a read mainly focused on mending a relationship between two twin siblings who were once stuck together like two peas in a pod. Nelson focused on them, their understanding of life, including all of those "in-depth analyses" about life and art. I mean, this is a very artistic novel, even the way it's written in, but I found some things to be so exaggerated or unbelievable. Isn't this supposed to be pure contemporary, showing readers a story that could easily happen in reality? This is fiction, but I wanted to believe Noah and Jude's story, instead of rolling my eyes when they fought over the guy next door, making assumptions that one of them went to make out with him. Meh.

"Okay," she says. "Trees, stars, oceans. Fine." 'And the sun, Jude." 'Oh, all right," she says, totally surprising me. 'I'll give you the sun." (Hardcover, page 74)

There we go again with the exaggeration and metaphors. Trying too hard, book? I'll let you know that I only caught two quotes from the whole 371-paged book, and that's a first for contemporary. I saw some other quotes that people included in their reviews, but I just am not able to see the importance of the plot and the story here.
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