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Jun 23 2015

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Walker Books, 2015. ISBN:   9781406326499
(Age: 15+) Highly recommended. Noah and Jude are twins, like two halves living separate roles in the same life.
(PORTRAIT, SELF-PORTRAIT: Twins: Noah Looking in a Mirror, Jude out of It)
 At the age of 13 their passion for art is travelling in different directions and the stage is set for misunderstandings, jealousies and guilt to carve a ravine between the twins and disrupt their relationships with family and self.
'Every time Grandma S. read Jude's and my palms, she'd tell us that we have enough jealousy in our lines to ruin our lives ten times over.'
Their perspectives develop in separate storylines, each told by a twin. The secrets seep out, in writing that is both poetic and entrancing, to reveal anguish about sexuality and betrayals that affect all characters in this book.
(SELF-PORTRAIT: The Boy Hiding Inside the Boy Hiding Inside the Boy)
This is a story about love. The crushing, profoundly moving, and sometimes destructive power of love between adults, family and siblings in this story emanates from one man.
'He was the kind of man who walks into a room and all the walls fall down.'
This book is difficult to put down. Each chapter pulls the reader on, eager to understand the complexity of the characters and enjoy the language that evokes tears and laughter.
Linda Guthrie.
Editor's note; This book won Michael L. Printz Award 2015, and was on YALSA 2015 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

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