Warnings: mild mentions of rape, swearing.
Author: Jandy Nelson
‘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.’
This book has been glued to my hands for the past two days. Honestly, this is amazing. the second book in my four book Amazon spree, and it didn’t disappoint.
Each twin has secrets and lies, and even though the chapters alternate between Noah at 13/14 and Jude at 16, their pieces come together to make a brilliant story. The non-chronological order of the chapters gave me a mix of emotions – on one hand I wanted to scream at Noah that things are going to happen, not to do something on a specific day, and not to go to the party, but at the same time it felt kind of like I had something in common with Jude. This went vice-versa, for things that Noah found out that Jude didn’t.
The love interests for both Noah and Jude are great as well, even though I would’ve liked a bit more closure with Brian, because ugh they are so cute and I will stab anyone that says otherwise. Even the ‘supporting cast’ ware detailed – Heather felt like an actual person, unlike the background characters in other books. The reader even makes a connection with the ghost of Grandma because she has lots of time in the book, either through her ‘superstition bible’ or communicating with Jude from beyond the grave.
I really felt the emotions of Jude and Noah throughout the book because of the excellent word choices of Nelson. The characters seem to explode off the paper, like they’re real people that I would really like to be friends with. The intense imagery used to describe Noah’s paintings made me see them like they’re real paintings that are in a gallery somewhere, and I think that’ll happen for everyone else that reads this book as well.