Author: Jandy Nelson
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
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Page Count: 371 pages
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.My Thoughts
Holy hell? I? What are words? I finished this book a couple of seconds ago and holy. hell. Jandy Nelson has done it again! I absolutely loved her other novel The Sky is Everywhere and I didn't think my love for Jandy Nelson could get any higher but it just did!
I could not put this book down. I knew there as heartbreak at the end of the tunnel, but there is also a light, a bucketful of streaming light waiting for you at the end and it just makes you so happy. The book had it's many ups and downs; there were faults and accusations and hate spewed everywhere. But you could never sit there and pin the blame on one person. This book is about siblings and if you have a sibling (like I do), you would understand what it's like to fight with them and get so angry you do things you don't mean to do. And sometimes, in novels, you can point to a character and just be like 'dude you're the fucking worst,' but with Jude and Noah, you got to understand them both so well, understand their side and where they are coming from. And you don't see them as evil beings trying to one-up the other. You get two broken individuals who were so deep in grief they didn't know how to act.
The best thing about Jandy Nelson? Her words. She has a way of bringing her words to life. She wraps her words, her characters, her stories around your heart and they fester there; they soak into your lungs and feed you oxygen you didn't know you need but you're so glad it did and you're forever grateful. They make you feel like you're floating on cloud nine and you can just feel yourself in the moment. You feel the characters with you, around you, in you. You see a part of yourself in her characters and the way it affects you? It's amazing.
The ending, I couldn't have asked for a better one. I feel a little that it was wrapped up and tied in a bow, a little too perfect, but that's what I loved about it. I don't want to give it away, but in the end everything comes together (way better than I thought it would), giving the novel the bright and beautiful ending it deserves. (Because, honestly? Jude and Noah put themselves through so much shit that they deserve an ending where they're pooping rainbows!).
If you haven't read a Jandy Nelson book, I suggest you do! Her books appeal to all audiences. They're very sweet and full of beautiful words, love and are very riveting. You are not going to regret it!