Saturday, February 23, 2019

#AudiobookReview: I'll Give you The Sun By Jandy Nelson Narrated by Julia Whelan & Jesse Bernstein

I'll Give you The Sun by Jandy Nelson
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Format: Audiobook narrated by Julia Whelan & Jesse Bernstein
My Rating: 
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The New York Times Bestselling story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, Jenny Offill, Emma Straub, and Rainbow Rowell

“We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”

At first, Jude and her twin brother are NoahandJude; inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. 

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. 

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world. 

This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once. 
Okay, I'm like low-key obsessed with boy and girl twins, they are kind of my thing. In my current WIP the main characters has a twin brother, so this was like the perfect book for me. I also like the concept of twins being at odds with each other. I like subverting the idea that twins are attached at the hip and do everything together, because they are individuals and have their own thoughts and feelings about things. It was really cool to see how Noah and Jude grapple with their conflict via the past and present narrative in this story.

I love that Jude is just so angry! She has every right to be, and it's really heartbreaking to see her grapple with her issues with her mom's death. Especially since she truly believes it is because of things she has done. (SPOILER ALERT: it's not, Jude is just very superstitious). I loved Jude's personality and all the quirky superstitions she believed in.

Noah frustrated me a lot, because he just couldn't come to terms with who he is. As a straight, white, woman, I can't say I understand what it's like to have to deal with being a certain way that certain people don't accept. It really broke my heart that Noah wasn't being true with himself.

The narration is this one pretty spot on, and I liked the dual narrators of Julia Whelan and Jesse Bernstein as Noah and Jude respectively. I definitely think Julia has a great voice for a teenage girl.

This story is a lot about family drama and secrets, and it unravels slowly until we get the full picture in the end. If you like a good story that has mystery and conflicts with families I would recommend this one!

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