My Favorite Quotes From… I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Originally published: September 16, 2014

“Dad used to make mom’s eyes shine, now he makes her grind her teeth.”

“If mom died, the sun would go out. Period.”

“I imagine myself in a meadow. This is what the school counselor told me to do when I feel mental, or as grandma used to say: minus some buttons.”

“I was being sucked into that wave you hope never finds you, the one that takes you under, takes your breath, your bearings, disorients you completely and never brings you back to the surface again.”

“People think people are in charge, but they’re wrong; it’s the trees.”

His soul might be a sun. I’ve never met anyone who had the sun for a soul.”

“I’m having a hand problem. How come everyone else seems to know what to do with them?

“The only problem with spending time with him in the woods all day is that there’s so much space in there. The trunk of a car would be better, or a thimble.”

“What makes you say the opposite of what every cell in your body wants you to say?”

“Reality is crushing. The world is a wrong-sized shoe. How can anyone stand it?”

“I don’t know how this can be but it can: A painting is both exactly the same and entirely different every single time you look at it.”

If bad luck knows who you are, become someone else.”

‘I do not want to eat or drink, or I will lose the taste of you in my mouth.’

“He’s looking at me in that way of his that should be illegal or patented, and it’s affecting my ability to remember things like my name and species.”

“Not because he looks familiar on the outside this time, but because he feels familiar on the inside.

“Meeting your soulmate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before — you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: you could find your way around in the dark if you had to.

“We’re both breathing too fast and I can feel his desperation taking me over like it’s my own.”

“It didn’t used to feel safe how much he could love a color or a squirrel or brushing his teeth even.”

“‘Sometimes you think you know things, know things very deeply, only to realize you don’t know a damn thing.‘”

‘What is bad for the heart is good for art.’

“But what if I don’t need her permission, her approval, her praise to be who I want to be and do what I love? What if I’m in charge of my own damn light switch?

“‘I’m fucking terrified of you. That I can’t seem to keep you out like I can everyone else. That I think you could devastate me.'”

“‘Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.’ Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things.”

“The heart doesn’t listen to reason. It doesn’t abide by laws or conventions or other people’s expectations either.”

“We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”


“At first, Jude and her twin brother are NoahandJude; inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.”

(Via OverDrive)


Romance, YA-Fiction, YA-Literature

My rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 stars

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