Staff Pick: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Janine of Circulation suggests I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun book coverTwins Noah and Jude are inseparable…until suddenly, they aren’t. Alternating between Noah at age 13 and Jude at age 16, I’ll Give You the Sun explores the before and the after of something that completely changes both of their lives.

Noah at age 13 is falling in love with the boy next door, drowning himself in creativity and art, and letting his outgoing twin sister, Jude, take the spotlight. At 16, the tables have turned for the twins, with Noah playing the role of popular, confident jock as Jude has isolated herself not only from Noah, but from most of the world around her. What caused the once-close twins to pull away from each other, and each change so drastically over the course of 3 years? Can they ever regain the relationship that they once had?

This is a beautiful and unique book about love, loss, fate, truth, magic, and the connections we have to one another and the world around us.  Jude and Noah will work their way into your heart and stay with you long after the final page.

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