Dial | Hardcover, 371 pages
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Young Adult Fiction | LGBT | Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Speaking of books that are impossible to review, I’ll Give You the Sun incites the kind of frustration that only book reviewers suffering from a “reviewer’s block” can relate. I’ve sat on my desk and stared at a blinking cursor for days, and have waffled between writing a full review or leaving the rating speak for itself. Either way, I thought that it’d probably be a futile practice. Jandy Nelson has done this to me twice now. She’s the kind of writer who frustrates me; the kind who writes brilliantly but kills me ever so slowly because she doesn’t put out books too often. In fact, this is only her second novel – with four years of break in between. But. I have such high regard for authors who value quality instead of quantity. And this woman, knows quality writing. She is the type of writer whose prowess will either inspire you to write or would make you say, what the hell is the point in trying?
This book is kind of different in a way that it uses two perspectives in past and present timelines. Two timelines that intersect; creating a story arch so complete that the readers would hardly notice the seams. We see a couple of kids that were wholly removed and involved in each other’s stories. The effect is the kind of empathy that lets a reader see the characters with both critical and biased perspectives. It was brilliantly executed.
This is the part where I’d normally talk about the characters, or the story itself. But the truth is, I really am at a loss. But I implore you to read this book. Don’t miss out on Jandy Nelson’s achingly beautiful writing and being introduced to characters worth knowing. If there’s one thing that’s becoming increasingly evident in the author’s work, is that she’d leave you aching at the end of her books. Not just because of the heart-wrenching story you’ve just read, but because you know you’ll never get enough of the pain she’s put you through. She’ll make a masochist of you yet, because I can almost guarantee that you’d want to reread just to experience it all over again. For me, Jandy Nelson is the Melina Marchetta of North America. And that’s speaking a lot because Melina is a literary goddess in my eyes.