A book I would recommend to all looking for a captivating and quick story, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson follows twin teen siblings Noah and Jude Sweetwine as they tell two different stories of their life from ages 13-16. Although they were incredibly close at age 13, a story told from Noah’s point of view, a sibling-rivalry and the struggle to accept each twin as a changing person happens to tear them apart by age 16, a story from Jude’s point of view. In a battle of their own, Noah and Jude unfortunately lose themselves, and in turn, the person they used to be, and the people they had surrounding them. The main takeaway from this story would be, in my opinion and interpretation, the importance of communication and togetherness even when situations are dire and times are changing. Noah and Jude both constantly fought for the attention of their mother, Diana Sweetwine, constantly trying to please her in their art and affection, which was one of the largest factors in the separation of the twins. In a series of miscommunications, Noah begins to unravel secrets about his mother unbeknownst to Jude, which Jude does not find out until years later, where she is actually involved with what Noah kept secret, again, without knowing. Until the twins were able to speak, at 16 years old, after years of kept secrets and betrayal, they finally began to piece together what was made of their lives, and how all of their interesting secrets were exposed right in front of their eyes. I believe the overall moral of the story is to stay truthful to both yourself and others equally, exemplified in the lack of communication between the Sweetwine family and the people they become involved in. The book is a mess of miscommunications, past and present tales, slowburn, and self-discovery, yet makes the most satisfying read when everything makes its way back to each other, eventually, in one way or another. 5/5 stars
@readingmouse of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

I’ll Give You the Sun is a beautifully written book. It is narrated alternately by twins named Noah and Jude. Noah talks when they’re younger, and Jude when they’re a bit older. After an unfortunate series of events, the twins drift apart and go through a journey of reconnection. They’re both artists; Noah draws and Jude sculpts and designs clothing. I loved it because every character is complex and has a backstory that is gradually revealed. All the characters evolve and grow during the course of the book.The author did a great job by not laying it all out at once, but instead leaving readers looking for more. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone ages 12+. I think it has something for most. For me, the main takeaway was that life happens, and you can’t avoid it. It’s better to deal with your problems head on. 5 stars
@PennyFields of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

I loved the structure of this book and how it switched between two perspectives, but not jarringly so. I really liked the writing style of this book as well and it made reading the reading experience more vivid and enjoyable. The wording for some parts seems as though it could not be more perfect and fitting for the story and was overall very satisfying. I loved how complex the characters were, even the ones who weren’t main ones. Everyone had something especially distinct about them it was like their essence was jumping off the page whenever they were present in the story. I also enjoyed would have to piece different perspectives of the story together to get the whole picture
@ClockworkReader of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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