Jude and Noah are thirteen-year-old twins, and while they have different personalities, they are incredibly close. Jude is feisty and wears too much red lipstick. She is the daredevil of the family and the apple of her daddy’s eye. Noah is artistic, insightful, and his mother’s favorite. Noah sees the truth in everyone’s hearts and puts what he sees into his art. Jude, the talker for both of them, puts Noah’s insights into words and helps the rest of the world understand her complicated brother. Yet, three years later, the twins are barely speaking, and it is Jude who is in art school, not Noah. Jude sees the ghost of her dead grandmother, and Noah has sworn off art all together. What has happened to so radically change their lives and drive the twins apart?
Told in alternating points of view, you get to see the twins at ages thirteen and sixteen, and as the story unfolds, you slowly piece together what has happened. Jandy Nelson gives us two amazing characters in Noah and Jude, and she writes in such a compelling style. I’ll Give You the Sun was a little slow to start, and I felt that perhaps the last half of the book tried to take on the emotional issues of too many characters to be completely satisfying at the end. However, Nelson’s exuberant writing style makes up for those minor faults. She has a unique way of showing us a character’s view of the world. This title is the winner of the 2015 Printz Award.