For a while now I have wanted to try something new and try and get out of my typical reading habits. As much as my TBR pile is still pretty large, it's actually the smallest it has been in quite a long time (I am no longer double-stacking!). I thought about joining a book club to try and push me out of my comfort zone, but I knew I wouldn't have the time to attend one regularly. Then luckily I noticed that Hayley of Water Painted Dreams had started a book club called Sassy Books along with fellow blogger Charlotte. This means not only could I join a book club from home, but I could get in right from the start. The first book was I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.
Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close - until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don't realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.
I was a little disappointed that the first title chosen was a young adult (YA) title at first. I have gotten really fed up of YA generally and thought I had finally gotten too old as I found a lot of it really childish. Thankfully this title isn't one of them. The writing is mature yet really easy to read, and the details are so beautiful that it really makes this book really special.
If you are looking for a story with a lot of action this maybe isn't the book for you, however the books I enjoy are always about great characters rather than a fast moving plot so for me this book is perfect. I loved both the lead characters of Jude and Noah, both interesting individuals with flawed, honest personalities. I know a lot of people didn't enjoy the author's extensive use of metaphors but I really liked it, I thought it brought a beautiful, poetic nature to the story.
This book is all about emotions, and it shows them in such a poignant and powerful way. Following the twins as they set out to understand not only themselves, but each other. The story is told from two points of view but rather then flipping between the two constantly, the chapters were all really long so it gave you the chance to feel like you really got to know the characters and how they were affected by different events.
I felt like I could relate a lot to the emotions and the way the characters reacted in this book, both in the way I feel now towards certain things and definitely emotions I felt in my teenage years - it all felt quite real, which is the sign of a good story in my book.
If you want to join the #sassybooks book club then jump on board. Make sure to check out Hayley and Charlotte's blogs as the second book is about to be announced. You get one month to read each book so there's always plenty of time to get through it. Happy reading!