Genre: YA, Contemporary, Coming of Age, LGBT
Publisher: Dial Books
September 16, 2014
Format: Audio Book
A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell
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.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but it very quickly claimed my attention and my heart. This coming-of-age tale of two siblings covers more than the average teenager goes through, including discovering their sexuality, the loss of a parent, and growing apart as well as finding their way back to their family and closest friend.
This book is so touching, and extremely heartbreaking, and written like poetry. The characters, especially Noah, tell their side of the story almost as if their words are a work of art-since they’re artists it makes sense, but as a reader it’s incredible to read (or listen to) and I loved it! The author did such an amazing job of describing scenarios and feelings, and relating them to her characters and readers.
Here’s an example of the writing that grabbed me, one of my favorite quotes from the book because I feel like it accurately describes that feeling:
My heart leaves, hitchhikes right out of my body, heads north, catches a ferry across the Bering Sea and plants itself in Siberia with the polar bears and ibex and long-horned goats until it turns into a teeny-tiny glacier.
Because I imagined it.
I really recommend you read this one. They say it’s for fans of John Green, but honestly I think (having now read both) that I do prefer Jandy Nelson to John Green.