'I'll Give You The Sun' By Jandy Nelson
I have just finished reading this book "I'll Give You The Sun" by Jandy Nelson and I can't stop thinking about it over and over and over again. I am smiling like Noah, or like Oscar, a smile that starts in my eyes but doesn't seem to end anywhere in the face. And I want to write the most awesomeness personified review here, to urge you enough to get yourself reading this book, but I don't know how and where to even begin.
He thinks art, breathes art, dreams art. Every narrative by him has a self portrait interjected every few paragraphs, every few scenes, so much so that it makes me want to see them for once. Noah sees people's souls. Paints them. Jude's is like a tree on fire. His is like horses galloping. He sees sounds in form of colors. He has a hyperactive imagination.
I have watched him fall for a guy, divorce his twin, hate his father, and yearn for his mother. And this 14 year old is so real.
I keep wishing to see his Invisible Museum, see his thoughts when he paints in his mind, and watch the brother and sister duo barter the entire universe for a piece of portrait of an English guy.
She sews floating summer dress, and makes sand sculptures of flying women by the beach which eventually are swept away by the sea before the world sees them. She plays "How would you rather die?" and is a master in the game.
She considers herself her brother's keeper. She looks out for him, smacks high school kids who go after him, protects him from all that can hurt him. But she also grows jealous of him with time, keeps him from his dearest wish(to pursue art), and wallows in guilt of lost chances to put things right.
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
"Sketch like it matters, people. There's no other way. We are remaking the world, one stroke at a time, nothing less." Guillermo's quote has been imprinted in my mind.
"A painting is both exactly the same and entirely different every single time you look at it."
The best scenes would be when Jude starts the stone sculptures of her and Noah, when she watches Noah jump from the Devil's drop, when Oscar and Jude lie on the jail room floor discussing their dark painful secrets, and every single time that Noah paints.
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