At age 13, twins Noah and Jude Sweetwine have very different interests, abilities, and ambitions, but their sibling bond still ties them closely together. Jude blossoms into a surfing social butterfly, while Noah tends to spend more time alone with his drawings and the “invisible museum” in his imagination. When a mysterious boy moves into their neighborhood, the twins are drawn to him in different ways. As summer fades into fall and winter, a series of betrayals threatens to tear their family apart. This story features: multiple ghosts, superstitions, bully surfers, sabotage, a mysterious sculptor, a teen photographer with a British accent, wild parties, secret loves, personal transformations, and more.
I loved reading I’ll Give You the Sun, and I hope it wins the 2015 Printz award. Told from the alternating perspectives of Noah and Jude as 13 year olds (before the events which shatter their lives) and as 16 year olds (as they try to piece their family back together), this book weaves a touching and artistic image of both the fantasy and reality of adolescent life. In Noah, Jude, and their supporting cast, Jandy Nelson created compelling characters and orchestrated them into a brilliant blend of family, friendship, art, mystery, and romance. If you like John Green and Rainbow Rowell, I highly recommend I’ll Give You the Sun.