I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN BY JANDY NELSON | a book review

(Danish version below // dansk version nedenunder)

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Publisher: Dial Books

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

My rating: 5/5 stars

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A big thanks to the Danish publishing company Gyldendal for sending me the Danish edition of I’ll Give You the Sun!

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. (source)

REVIEW

The shortest way to describe my feelings towards this book is to just tell you that I loved it. This book is fantastic.  It is beautifully written, the characters are amazing and the plot works so well. The whole thing is just incredibly well done.

We follow two protagonists, the twins Jude and Noah. It switches perspective and time every chapter. Noah tells the story when the twins are 13 and Jude when they are 16. Both characters has changed a lot between 13 and 16, which is really interesting (and kinda sad) to see.

Noah is by far my favorite character in this book. He is so cute and relatable. Noah loves to paint and is really socially awkward. His classmates think he is weird and he deals with being beaten by the school’s bullies. Besides that he deals a lot with his sexuality. This story shows a lot of his struggles with being gay, or mostly just other people’s struggle to accept him being gay.  Noah is from page 1 totally aware of the fact that he is gay and this is more about him discovering love than anything else. I really liked that. Yes, he is gay, but that is not what it is all about. It is about love.

He changes a lot between the age of 13 and 16. I found it so sad to see the development he had gone through, but it all gets better.

Then we have Jude. Jude is in the age of 13 a very outgoing girl. She loves to party, hangs out with a lot of boys and are in constant fights with her mother. When we switch to her perspective, she is in the age of 16 a completely different person. Since a close family member’s death she has changed a lot. She wears large dark clothes and do her best to stay invisible. She is  very superstitious and is constantly carrying around an onion and some other things that are supposed to help her. She is like Noah very passionate about art, and she attends an art school. Jude struggles a lot with her art, which was my favorite aspect of her story. She decides that she wants to build a figure out of stone and becomes apprenticeship to Guillermo, a stonemason. Guillermo and her start building a relationship and she also meets a nice boy.

The two narratives and the time gap worked really well for the story. The first half of the book was most focused on Noah’s side of the story while the second was more focused on Jude’s. I by far prefered to hear Noah’s story, but I also really liked Jude’s.

Their parents were really well done. They were filled with so much love for their children, but they struggle so much anyway. Guillermo was also a fantastic character, and one of my favorites. I loved to see his and Jude’s relationship develop and how good of a father role he was for her.

Noah’s and Jude’s passion for art played such a big role in this book and it inspired me so much to start drawing. I loved hearing them describe their drawings and which ideas they had.

Due to Jude’s superstition, magical realism plays into this book. I liked it, but it kind of confused me, and I am still not sure whether the things that happened were real or imagined by the characters.

The only problem I have with this book is the ending. It was done well and all, but it was all told by Jude and I wanted to hear some of it from Noah’s perspective, so I really missed that.

Overall I just really loved this and I highly recommend for all of you to check it out! Obviously 5 stars.

Have you read the book? What were your thoughts?

xoxo,

Fiona

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Danish version // dansk version

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Jeg Henter Solen Ned af Jandy Nelson

Udgivet af Gyldendal, 2015

Genre: Realisme, Ung

Vurdering: 5/5 stjerner

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Tusind tak til Gyldendal for at sende mig denne bog!

Resumé

Jandy Nelsons roman JEG HENTER SOLEN NED handler om Jude og Noah, som er tvillinger og bor under samme tag, men som gør alt for at undgå hinanden. Tre år tidligere var de uadskillelige. Hvad er der sket? Og kan de nogensinde finde ind til hinanden igen?

Noah er indadvendt og passioneret omkring sin kunst. Han tegner og maler og forelsker sig i den karismatiske nabodreng. Jude er den udadvendte søster, som går med knaldrød læbestift og surfer med de cool fyre. For tre år siden var de uadskillelige, men nu taler de slet ikke sammen.

Alt er forandret: Jude går på den kunstskole, som Noah så brændende ønskede sig ind på, deres mor er død i en tragisk ulykke, og inden ulykken flyttede faren fra familien.

Noah fortæller om årene op til bruddet, mens Jude fortæller om de senere år. Hver især kender de kun halvdelen af historien. Hvis de vil vide, hvad der egentlig skete i familien; hvis de skal have en chance for at komme videre, så er de nødt til at finde ind til hinanden igen og dele deres historier. (kilde)

ANMELDELSE

Den korteste måde at fortælle jeg mine tanker om denne her bog er bare ved at fortælle jeg at jeg elskede den. Den her bog er fantastisk. Den er smukt skrevet, karaktererne er enestående, og plottet fungerer virkelig godt.

Vi følger to hovedpersoner, tvillingerne Jude og Noah. Bogen skifter fortæller og tid efter hvert kapitel. Noah fortæller historien da de to er 13, og Jude mens de er 16. Begge personer er virkelig forskellige i de to aldre, hvilket er virkelig interesant at se.

Noah er helt klart min yndlingskarakter i denne bog. Han er så cute, og man kan virkelig relaterer til ham. Noah elsker at male, og han er meget socialt akavet. Hans klassekammerater synes han er mærkelig og han bliver tit banket af nogle større drenge. Desuden kæmper han med sin seksualitet. Den her historie viser en masse af hans problemer med at være bøsse – eller nærmere andre personers problemer med at accepterer det. Noah er fra side 1 klar over at han er bøsse, og denne historie handler mere om ham finde kærligheden end så meget andet. Det kan jeg godt lide. Ja, han er bøsse, men det er jo ikke det det hele skal handle om. Det handler om kærlighed.

Han ændrer sig en del mellem han er 13 og 16. Det var så trist at se hvordan han havde udviklet sig, men det løser sig.

Så har vi Jude. Jude er i en alder af 13 en meget udadvendt og festglad pige. Hun hænger ud med en masse drenge og har konstante skænderier med sin mor. Da man hører fra hendes synsvinkel som 16-årig er hun helt anderledes. Siden et tæt familiemedlems død har hun ændret sig enormt meget. Hun går i stort mørkt tøj og gør sig bedste for at holde sig usynlig. Hun er meget overtroisk og går konstant rundt med et løg og nogle andre ting, som hun mener hjælper. Ligesom Noah er Jude meget passioneret omkring kunst og hun går på en kunstskole. Jude kæmper en konstant kamp med sin kunst, og det var bestemt min yndlingsdel af hendes historie. Hun beslutter at hun gerne vil bygge en sten figur og kommer i lære hos stenhuggeren Guillermo. Guillermo og hende begynder at bygge en relation, og hun møder også en sød dreng.

De to fortællere og afstanden i tiden fungerede rigtigt godt for historien. Den første halvdel af historien var mest fokuseret på Noah’s side af historien, mens den anden var mere på Jude’s. Jeg kunne godt lide begge, men jeg kunne helt klart bedst lide Noah’s historie.

Tvillingernes forældre var virkelig godt fortalt. De var fyldt med kærlighed til deres børn, men de havde en mase problemer med at gøre det rigtige for dem alligevel. Guillermo var også en fantastisk karakter, og en af mine yndlings. Jeg elskede at se hans og Jude’s forhold udvikle sig og den far rolle han endte med at være for hende.

Noahs og Judes passion for kunst er virkelig inspirerende, og jeg har en stor lyst til at lære og tegne nu. Jeg elskede at høre dem beskrive deres tegninger og hvilke ideer de havde.

Grundet Judes overtro, var der en masse magisk realisme i denne bog. Jeg kunne godt lide det, men det forvirrede mig også, og jeg er stadig ikke sikker på og de ting, som skete virkelig skete eller var forestillet af karaktererne.

Det eneste problem jeg havde med denne bog var slutningen. Den var udført virkelig fint og det, men det hele var fortalt fra Judes perspektiv, og jeg savnede også at høre nogle scener fra Noahs perspektiv.

Overordnet kunne jeg bare virkelig godt lide denne bog, og jeg vil anbefale den til alle! Helt klart 5 stjerner.

Har du læst bogen? Hvad syntes du om den?

xoxo,

Fiona

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