DNF Review: I'll Give You The Sun
Jandy Nelson - I'll Give You The SunPublished: September 14, 2014 by Dial Books
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQIA, Young Adult
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Rating: DNF. DNF. DNF.
A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude 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 dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. 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 novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
~Guess I'm the odd one out again.
So I brought this at Target because I thought the new paperback was beautiful. Plus, I saw a few reviews giving such praise, I was like, "Ooh. Gimme!"
But when I started...
In retrospect, it's a fantastic storyline. The writing style, though, bothered me. No, I mean, really bothered me.
Whenever someone would say something mildly , "I barfed bright blue/green/magenta barf" was used. It took me, like, an hour to realize this was meant metaphorically.
Also: the intolerable subject changing. The family would be trying to raise Grandma's spirit from the dead to the dinner table one second, then Noah's father would be yelling at the neighbor's batshit parrot, and then, their parents would start arguing for no reason whatsoever. And when we reached Jude's POV, she "hearing" Grandma Sweetwine's voice and listening to her rants about pickles.
Yeah. Not kidding.
"Me too - kosher dills, big fat juicy ones. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm," whispers Grandma Sweetwine in my head.