I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson is happy, sad, bright, dark, beautiful, and depressing all in one. Although the story is intriguing, the writing is what kept me going back for more. I’ll be reading more Jandy Nelson novels soon!
Goodreads Summary: Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
Please read this book, and let’s get coffee afterwards to discuss its beauty!
The second book I read over break was Wild by Cheryl Strayed. You probably recognize the title because the movie came out just a few months ago and stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl. It’s a nonfiction book about a 22-year-old woman who hikes the Pacific Crest Trail through California and Oregon to the border of Washington.
The book documents what led her to challenge herself with this goal and the struggles of hiking more than 1,000 miles alone. I enjoyed her story, and I can’t wait for the movie to come out on DVD.