i’ll give you everything by jandy nelson
overall rating: 4.1/5
character development: 3.5/5
genre: YA, contemporary, romance
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, at sixteen, 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.
obviously, there’s a ton of hype around this book, which made me excited to read it. i know that hyped books are unappealing to a lot of people because they’re usually overrated, but i almost always end up liking them. i mean, they’re hyped for a reason, right? however, sometimes i am somewhat disappointed. while i’ll give you everything is an enjoyable read, it isn’t quite what i was expecting.
the characters, not only noah and jude but also the side characters/romantic interests, are all really complex and interesting. i like that noah’s and jude’s personalities are so different, although they can both be annoying at times. i also appreciate the diversity within the characters’ sexualities, which aren’t downplayed at all. the character development is hard to judge, since the narration switches between 13-year-old noah and 16-year-old jude.
the plot is also somewhat hard to follow. it keeps jumping back and forth, making it difficult to keep track of the events and when they happened. the story is also very mysterious, which is confusing but also interesting, since i like stories with suspense. there are also several plot twists at the end, which are executed really well—i didn’t see them coming at all. the writing is nice, nothing amazing, but again, the narration is a little confusing. finally, the romances are all super cute, and i love reading about them. some parts are a little sad, but everything is resolved in the end.
overall, i’ll give you everything is an enjoyable contemporary novel with several twists, so i would recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different!
have you read this? what did you think?