Book: I’ll Give You The Sen by Jandy Nelson
Publisher: Dial Books
Date Published: September 16th, 2014
Date Started: April 9th, 2015
Date Finished: May 8th, 2015
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.
This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
So, I’m really conflicted on how to write this review. I really expected to just fall in love with this, to be blown away, to be speechless. So many people have been raving about this book ever since it came out, and its been on my radar for a long while. And then it became part of our Quarterly Book Club as one of the books of the quarter. I was excited. I was ready.
But then here’s the thing. I checked it out. I started reading it. And then I put it down. I read about a hundred pages on and off until I had to return it back to the library. This book just wasn’t hooking me in. I kept thinking, is there something wrong with me? I mean there must be if everyone love this book except me. But theres nothing wrong with me. I’m just going to be a black sheep.
This story is told from the perspective of two twins, Noah and Jude. The past being told by Noah’s side, and the present being told by Jude. I seemed to like Jude’s story better than Noah’s. I couldn’t figure out why, and then I realized that I am not a huge fan of metaphors, and Noah breathes and lives metaphors. Metaphors can be great, but I just felt like they were overused for my taste. Now, that’s my personal taste. I have my reasons for not being a fan of metaphors, and I’ll leave it at that. Now Jude’s story on the other hand, she had these superstitions built into the story like spilling sugar brings good luck but spilling salt brings bad luck. It was cool to see her think with these superstitions. Her superstitions were equal to Noah’s metaphors in the story, and quite frankly I just liked the superstitions better.
Things finally started coming together towards the end and that’s when I finally started to get sucked into the story. But it was just a little too late. I was so hell bent on finishing this book because I had attempted to start it so many times. But the ending was really good. Everything started coming together, like one of those endings where you’re starting to realize why things are happening, why things were mentioned throughout the story. I love endings like that, they just make the story so much better. The thing that kept me going through the book was the fact that I wanted to know why Jude and Noah had grown so far apart. I was intrigued by the story to see twins, who are usually portrayed as being close, end up being so far apart from each other.
Even though I didn’t like Noah’s metaphors, I did like his story. It was great to see a young boy going through puberty trying to figure out his sexuality. It was great to see his progression as he was developing his feelings for the boy next door, while he went through heartbreak as well. I liked the fact that the twins were artsy, seeing them deal with their feelings through their art.
I really wished that I fell in love with this book like everyone else did. I wanted to be there right with everyone else singing the praises of this book from the mountain tops. But I can’t, and I’m still not quite sure why. There is one thing thats for sure, this woman has a way with words. Perhaps you’ll fall in love with this book, perhaps you won’t. I’d love to hear what you guys think about this one.