Mini-reviews: Turtles All The Way Down and I’ll Give You The Sun
Hello! I am so behind on all my book reviews, that I decided to do two in one. Today I’m talking about Turtles All The Way Down and I’ll Give You The Sun.
Since they both fell into the same category, I thought it would be okay to put them in one post. Also, they both didn’t blew me off my feet, so I thought it was okay to not give them a huge podium.
Turtles All The Way Down: a review
Let’s start with this one. Here’s is a short synopsis from Goodreads: It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
Published: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
So, that doesn’t help probably. But in reality, that kind of how that book is really. Just random. Before I read the book, I saw it on any book blogs that were kind of raving about it, especially because of the mental health theme. But I think that the book isn’t deep enough.
All the relationships are kind of awkward too. Except the one between Aza and her best friend.
After the first 100 or so pages I was really trying not to put the book away and not finish it. It would get better, I told myself. But for me, it didn’t.
I don’t know what it was. It wasn’t bad, but I didn’t fully enjoy it either. So 3/5 stars. ⭐
I’ll Give You The Sun: A review
Next up: I’ll Give You The Sun, by Jandy Nelson. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads: At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears 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.
Published: September 16th, 2014
Publisher: Dial Books
I LOVED the idea of twins, falling apart and figuring out if they can get back together. Family-themed novels are my favorite, so I had high hopes. And I think it’s because of those expectations that the book disappointed me. I found both characters a little annoying at times. A bit too naive and angry for my taste.
I did like the different viewpoints. Especially since Noah is only the early years and Jude only the later ones. That makes it interesting and intriguing to read. I liked that Noah, in the early years, is quite overwhelmed by his gay feelings.
There are a lot of loose things in the book, but in the end it all ties up in a knot, and I’m all for that!
BUT. It didn’t make me excited to start reading. It was a bit of a drag at times. Still 3/5 stars though.⭐
Have you read these books? What did you think? What is your favorite theme in a book?