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review 2017-11-06 03:03
I'll Give You the Sun - review
I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson

 

Noah and Jude are twins, and both very artistically inclined. This book follows the twins through some difficult times. It jumps back and forth between years and alternates between Noah and Jude's viewpoints.

 

This book deals with a lot of issues that teens might face, including questioning their sexuality, sex, death, divorce, mental health, and more. I didn't love the book, maybe because I don't usually enjoy realistic fiction. I read it for my Young Adult Literature class, and I probably wouldn't have picked it myself. But I am trying to branch out a bit.

 

Anyway, the book is well written and I can see the appeal it has for young adults. They can easily identify with the characters even if their own situation is a bit different. What bothers me about some of these stories is the romantic relationships. Books like this promote unrealistic expectations about love and relationships. Most of us don't find our "soulmate" (if one even exists), and we don't often experience a love that was "meant to be." Sad I know, but it seems worse to make teens think that this is how love works. 

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quote 2017-06-14 06:45
His soul might be a sun . I've never met anyone who had a sun for a soul
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quote 2017-06-10 08:06
Because I can see people's souls
sometimes when I draw them , I know the fallowing : Mom has a massive sunflower for a soul so big there's hardly any room in her for organs . Jude and me have one soul between us that we have to share : a tree with it's leaves on fire . And Dad has a plate of maggots for his .
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text 2017-02-15 18:59
Reading progress update: I've read 225 out of 370 pages.
I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson

Art has been a huge part of my life. I have loved drawing since I could pick up a pencil. I also learned when I was in college that I love to make art more than learn art. Now, I love to look at paintings and tour museums. I especially love Egyptian art. But I care little of learning various artists and styles. It's just never been my thing. I'm a maker, not a thinker. This book is seriously making me feel stupid for it.

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review 2016-07-05 00:00
I'll Give You the Sun
I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson 4.5 stars

This is just a story about the good and bad things in life, but it’s told so explosively. The writing is amazing in my opinion. I felt, saw and lived every scene. I was teary. I was smiling. This book removed me from my world completely while I read it and left its feelings behind after I finished it.
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