I will not be able to coherently review this book. It's too good. Jandy, what have you done?
When I first started reading this, I had NO idea what I was getting myself into. The first narrator is Noah, and he's 13 (e don't get into Jude's 16 year old parts until much later). So I'm reading about this lost kid who sees the world in such a unique and beautiful way. It was SO emotional. Reading from Noah's POV was like reading the most painfully beautiful thing I've ever laid my eyes on. I didn't want it end, and at the same time I hurt so bad.
I literally walked into work after a lunch break of reading and announced that I wanted to "stab myself in the chest so that I could let all my feelings pour out". I was a mess. Just the way Noah describes his world.... who writes like that?? Jandy does. Only Jandy.
When people asked me who this author was, I said it was this woman named Jandy Nelson. I met her at BEA... and she may or may not be an alien. Just throwing that out there, because like I said, this is too good. In a way I felt really inferior while reading it, because I couldn't help but think I could NEVER be that smart. Or anything in the same universe as that smart.
As the book goes on, Jandy came back down to Earth. I didn't love the last 100 pages as I did the rest of the book. Don't get me wrong, I still really really liked them, I just would have rather read from Noah's POV the entire time. He had much more interesting things to say, and in the end there started to be too many coincidences to be believable. I'm all for a HEA, but I didn't want everything in this particular book to work out perfectly. It didn't feel honest compared to the rest of the book.
But if you are thinking of picking up this book, please do! It's in the top 3 best YA books I've ever read. Maybe the best... I need to reflect more before I decide that. It's worth every award it got. It's beautiful, powerful, life-changing, and something completely different from anything I've read before. Noah, you are my new favorite character ever.
OVERALL: Best book ever.
This Book Contains:
- GLBT themes
- Art school
- Interesting, dynamic characters
My Rating: 4/4
How I got this book: BEA
Date Published: 9/16/2014