12/04/2014

Review: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the SunI'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

These twins love each other but almost destroy themselves in the process of competing for affection and approval from their mother, an art school, their peers, their crushes. The novel's elements of suspense, romance, magical realism, and a series of great "reveals" at the end make it unique and appealing to almost anyone. A big plus is the HAPPY ENDING for which so many of us yearn.

Jude (girl) and Noah (boy) are quirky twins, children of academics who live in a coastal community in Northern California. Their mother is an eccentric art scholar who decides the children should apply to a prestigious and highly competitive local arts academy for high school. Not only are they competing for admission to the school, they are also competing for their mother's favor, which drives them apart in a ferocious and tragic way.

A fun, compelling, imaginative read especially suited kids interested in art. The message of this book is: do the hard and scary work of being yourself and you will be rewarded.

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