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.
I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson, without any doubt stole my heart and now has found its special place among my all-time favorite books. I’m grateful to my friend for recommending this amazing book and glad to have read it.
The story is told from the alternative perspectives of each twin – Noah (The Invisible Museum) and Jude (History of Luck). The narrative begins with Noah (age 13) – shy, artistic and drawn towards a boy next door Brian aka The Ax. Then, the narrative turns to Jude (age 16) – broken, boy boycotting and attending CSA (an art academy, Noah badly wanted to get into).
There is an incredible variation in Jude we know from Noah’s narrative and Noah from Jude’s narrative. At first we find, Jude to be a girl who loves surfing, hanging out with the popular gang and going against her mother’s words. Then, we find her to be all broken, believing and actually following the superstitions from Grandma’s bible. On other hand, as mentioned above, Noah is shy, artistic and falls for the boy next door. Then, there is a dramatic change, we find him partying, hanging out with his so called girlfriend and jumping off the cliff. Moreover, he destroyed all his drawing and gave up on it altogether.
What is special and magical about this book is it’s plot which is more like a jigsaw puzzle. First, you are given a picture of the whole situation and what happened in-between remains a mystery. Gradually, you are introduced to what happened in piece by piece. At last when all those little pieces come together, I’m sure you will find it impressive and stunning. Also the highlighting feature of this book is the use of metaphor and stunning writing style of the author.
To know what led to the swapping of personality, twins barely talking to each other and living life of secrecy following their mother’s death, I highly recommend you read the book and you won’t regret it at all.
Lines from the book
- “Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”
- “Or maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people,” I say. “Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.” Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things.”
- “You have to see the miracles for there to be miracles.”
- “People die, I think, but your relationship with them doesn’t. It continues and is ever-changing.”
- “what is bad for the heart is good for art. The terrible irony of our lives as artists.”
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