Jude and her twin Noah are close until a tragedy drives them apart. Now they are barely speaking – and both falling for boys they can’t have.
Oh holy hell this book!
It starts in the perspective of 13 year old Noah and his life with his twin Jude. How close they are. How their dad likes Jude more than him and how their mom favours Noah more because of his art. It’s the story of a 13 year old whose coming to terms with his sexuality and trying to find his way in the world.
Flash forward three years and we get the perspective of 16 year old Jude. How different she is from before. How she got into Art school and not Noah. How apart they are. How different they’ve become to each other. And of course there is the fact that their mother has died and each one of them holds the blame.
There is one thing that joins them together, despite their differences when they get older. They are both in love with two boys who they can’t have…
I can’t tell much about the premise of the book without giving away what happens but it’s a brilliant story.
The POV changes between the two is what makes the book. We get to see what happened when they were younger and what’s happening now they are older. I liked reading about it.
I liked how we saw Noah come to terms with his sexuality. How he gets when he’s drawing nude male models. How boys make me him feel. And then comes Brian, his new next door neighbour and from the beginning they are inseparable. There is something there between them though. Despite the fact that Brian puts up a front around girls and acts straight.
I felt for Noah. I could feel his frustration about who he was and how he lived in his own bubble so he didn’t have to deal with day to day life. He made his own way as a 13 year old. Even if his dad was indifferent to him and preferred Jude.
Jude herself was interesting to read too. From Noah’s POV, growing up she was a bit of a bitch. She hung around with guys, wore short dresses, was mean to him. She grew up like a typical teenage girl.
And yet when we see her in her own POV she’s totally different. Her hair has been cut off, she doesn’t speak, she blends in so no one sees her and she speaks to her dead grandmother.
Then she meets the English hottie Oscar in the church and he makes her feel something.
She meets the crazy sculpturer Guilmerro (I think that’s how it was spelt… my bad if it’s not!) Who shows her a new way of life and after years of not talking and blending in, she finally feels accepted.
And of course, like Noah, she can’t have the guy she likes.
Even though they are indifferent to each other now, two things bind them together: grief and guilt.
This is a perfect story of what happens when tragedy strikes an unbreakable pair of twins. What life is like for them now they are no longer the person they were and how love shapes their lives.
It was heartwarming and funny and sad and heartfelt and heartbreaking. Every different emotion in one book.
It hooked you in from the very first page and I am so so so glad I picked this book up to read. It was amazing. Amazing isn’t even the right word! It was breathtaking and new.
You will not be disappointed when you pick up this book. It keeps you going and keeps you hooked.
Noah and Jude are the perfect characters to read about and I so wish there was a sequel because I felt so apart of their lives that I need more.
Jandy Nelson is a brilliant writer.
Go pick up this book!