Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Sassy Books: I'll Give You The Sun

Hello all you sassy readers. If you read this post at the end of May then you'll know that I launched a book club with my blogging best friend Charlotte. Our book for June was I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson and we invited you all to come and read it alongside us. Today is the day that we are going to be reviewing it and inviting everyone to get discussing it! I'll also be announcing the July book at the end of this post so stay tuned until the end to find out what it is!

Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close - until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don't realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.

So how did I get on with I'll Give You The Sun.


In all honesty, not as great as I thought I would. I did enjoy this book, I read it very quickly, but there were also some things that I didn't like. Also I know its not really a proper complaint about the book or the characters but the chapters in this book were so long which made it a bit difficult to stay focused whilst reading!


The book is split between two narratives. The chapters alternate between the two twins at different ages. 13 year old Noah and 16 year old Jude. In 13 year old Noah's narrative the twins are very close and share everything with each other. In Jude's they hardly speak so it is very obvious that something really bad has happened to tear them apart. The twins are both very electric and passionate characters. The way that they describe everything is very vivid and they are both so artistic in different ways.



Jandy Nelson has a very beautiful writing style. Her words flow very easily and are almost magical. She describes everything in such a lyrical manner with rich metaphors to emphasise her points. Whilst this made the book a really easy and quick read its not something I'm very keen on and what I disliked about the book. The writing style made the characters seem not normal, human or relatable. I didn't feel like I was reading a book set in a 'real life' setting and it felt like more of a fantasy novel. I'm not saying that that's a bad thing but I couldn't sympathise with characters at all. They didn't seem like real people and that made it hard to care about what was happening to them/their feelings.



In the end, I decided to give I'll Give You The Sun 3/5 stars. Beautiful writing but the story just didn't cut it for me. Here are the links to some other bloggers who have reviewed I'll Give You The Sun as part of #sassybooks: Cornflakegirl's Musings, Life in Ginger, This Northern Gal, Bethan Likes, Alley Hope, Shy Strange Manic, Miss Allie Nicole, The Lardy Grub


So what is next months book?


Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill. We chose this one because it deals with some pretty harsh ideas which we thought would lead to some really interesting reviews/discussions. If you'd like to join us in reading this one in July then please feel free to do so. We will be posting our reviews on the last Tuesday of the month(the 28th) and if you want your review to be included in the round up then send us a link. Don't forget to use the hashtag #sassybooks!

In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.

Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year. But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. ..And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.
Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known.


I've been trying to find a link to buy the paperback copy of this book and it seems like the new cover is available for preorder from Amazon but you can still buy the Kindle version here. I bought my copy in Waterstones so I would maybe recommend trying out your local book shop if you want to find the same copy as I have. The Book Depository also have it online(here) but their shipping can be quite slow.

If you joined in this month then thank you so much and I hope you enjoyed participating in the book club. I would love it if as many of you as possible could join in in July! Also there isn't long to enter my giveaway to win an electric wax warmer so if you'd be interested then you can enter here.


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