Monday, March 9, 2015
I'll Give You The Sun
Admittedly, this one took me a little bit to get into. I had to struggle through the first few chapters, but the overall book was well worth the effort!
An amazon summary, "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." AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE
Not only does this book strive to portray the infinitely curious relationship that exists between twins, but it also depicts family dynamics in unique ways.
It did very well on both fronts.
While trying to conquer different problems and issues that arise within Jude and Noah's lives, they often are discovering more about themselves and what they want out of life.
For both twins, art is their life. For Noah, it's an intense passion to draw whenever possible. For Jude, it's an escape.
This story is super complicated so it's challenging to summarize and speak in broader terms of normal book concepts as this book is irregularly awesome.
How about this.
It's a dynamic depiction of twins growing up as they overcome loss, discover truths, and understand each other.
There was a lot of art within the story that some of the finer references were lost on me, but I was able to understand enough to appreciate the depth and severity of the works.
The occasional grandma ghost intervention helped too.