I'll Give You the Sun
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I'll Give You the Sun Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 12 hours and 57 minutes
Author Jandy Nelson
Narrator Julia Whelan, Jesse Bernstein
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Audible.com.au Release Date 16 September 2014
Publisher Brilliance Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank 36,106 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
20 in Fiction on Death & Dying for Teens
70 in Fiction About Siblings for Young Adults
71 in LGBTQ+ Literature & Fiction for Teens

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5.0 out of 5 stars My reading just leveled up!
By Casey Carlisle on 24 August 2020
This was a surprise read for me. I had heard great things and noticed a lot of 5 star reviews but I kept away from all of that as much as I could. All I knew about ‘I’ll Give You The Sun’ was that the main protagonists were fraternal twins, a boy and a girl, where the male grapples with his identity.

I think the biggest surprise for me was the interconnectedness of this novel. Just about every point, seemingly irrelevant or not, has meaning. A symbolism, a prophecy, a reason for being. And because of that this novel has a strong interwoven web of plot and arc that kept surprising me at every turn.

And Jandy Nelson’s writing style was a delight. Such a lovely turn of phrase where the narrative deals a lot with art – Jandy’s writing was akin to art itself without being egotistical.

Told in alternating perspectives by our two leads - the twins: Noah, 3 years in the past, and Jude, his sister in the present. I think the theme that is most heavy in the narrative and rings true for all the characters is that we are all fallible and struggling to find our way through this messy life, and find that safe place where we are expressing our true authentic selves. Add into that all the dramatic and familial themes that can happen like love, sex, sibling rivalry, coming of age, the deconstruction of childhood innocence, and ‘I’ll Give You The Sun’ really shines.

Going into this novel with little prior knowledge I guessed at the main plot fairly early on, but it was never solidified as the diaphanous nature of symbolism and art weighing heavily on the narrative, there was always some doubt. But those early guesses came to ring true, but there was so much subtext and many, many arcs that grew around this main thread which provided such serendipity. I was transfixed.

There was one spot about halfway through the novel in a chapter from Jude’s point of view where the pacing lagged a little, but in hindsight it was setting up a number of plot points for the rollercoaster ride to the conclusion.

‘I’ll Give You the Sun’ wraps up nicely, a bitter-sweet ending with a strong sense of hope. It’s been a while since I last got a book hangover from a contemporary, and I highly recommend this. It has a delicate hand on some difficult topics and an interesting lens through which to view the world. I treasure this reading experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'll Give You the Sun has taken YA fiction to an entirely different level of brilliance.
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