This book is by Jandy Nelson who has also written ‘The Sky Is Everywhere’.
It is that kind of a book, the one where you are not sure whether you like it or not. I mean at some places, I did want to close it and read something else. At some places, it just blew my mind away.
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.
The sibling rivalry was perfectly portrayed and the way the twins can feel each other is just amazing. The story is narrated from Jude and Noah’s point of view alternatively but during different ages. Noah’s narration is from the past before something terrible happened and Jude’s from after. The grief is treated differently by both of them and drives them apart, not to mention the total character change, like they got swapped. The first half will really get on your nerves because its all just a tangle and you don’t know where anything is headed. But do not miss the second half.. Because its then that the story unravels and touches you deeply. The inner turmoil that the twins are going through makes much sense and to overcome all that grief and confusion, the missing parts need to be connected. I do not wish to disclose much. Also this is the first novel I’ve read where one of the protagonist is not straight.
I love how the title came into the picture. Its this cute game the twins play when they are kids. They fight for natural elements like Sun, Moon, flowers etc. So when Noah has something that Jude wants, she agrees to give him the Sun 🙂
Somethings I didn’t like or couldn’t relate where – Jude’s relationships with two guys -before and after. But both are older than her but she behaves as though the first one took advantage of her. That was just meh.
The other thing was Noah’s narration which looked like he was high. But he isn’t. Okay, it might have been the artistic way of telling things but I just didn’t like it or rather i didn’t grasp it. I understand he has this flair for art and the burning passion to draw something immediately but somethings were just incomprehensible to me.
I liked that Noah and Jude found the person the next-door parrot was incessantly asking for. 🙂 🙂
My rating is 4/5.
You can get the book from Amazon.in