Today I am beyond excited to have author Jandy Nelson on my blog with a guest post. I’ll Give You the Sun releases tomorrow, September 16th. My review posts tomorrow as well and I’ll tell you now, it is MIND BLOWING! By far the best book I’ve read this year.
Both of Jandy’s books take place in Northern California, as does her next book. I like this because it’s not so very far from me.
Also, don’t miss out on Penguin Teen’s Twitter chat featuring Jandy, Gayle Forman, and Stephanie Perkins on Sept. 16th at 7:00 PM ET!
Why I Write about Northern California
I love it, a deep down in-the-bones kind of love.
I love its histories and calamities and eccentricities. The blind hopefulness of its booms and busts. The reckless renegade spirit of its inhabitants.
I love the old hippies and long gone beatniks, the surfers and skaters, the farmers and ranchers, the drag queens and Radical Faeries.
I love that political, artistic and ideological movements ignite here, that the ground shakes, figuratively and literally.
That it’s the place of speculation (gold, grapes, tech), of dreaming and arriving, but also of heartbreak and disillusionment.
That you can’t go any further west by land. That this is it. The end of the continent. The last page.
That San Francisco feels like it’s built on air, like there’s less gravity here and you might rise off the ground with every step.
That most everyone is from somewhere else.
That it’s so proudly gay.
I love the small dusty northern towns you blow through that look like movie sets for westerns.
The thousand year old redwood trees that grow deep into the sky.
The lazy spiral of hawks, the blinding creeping fog, the suffocating inland heat. The raging rushing rivers, the cliffs falling into the sea, the farms and vineyards and ranches and pastures.
I love the straggly moss that makes the oak trees look like old men.
The way the air smells like eucalyptus and pine.
The endless blue collision of ocean and sky.
I love that walking into a sunlit redwood grove is like walking into church.
I love the poets, the freaks, the healers, the immigrants, the chefs, the astrologists, the academics, the wine-makers, the farmers, the porch-sitters, the potheads, the bands of roving groovy teenagers. I love all the seekers.
All the wine. All the restaurants. All the burritos.
I love that it’s so totally weird.
That it feels mythic, a heartbeat away from magic and miracles.
I love that I know this is where my characters live, where their stories are unfolding this very minute, where the landscape faithfully and dramatically reflects their interior worlds—where they jump off cliffs or disappear into the fog or dive into rivers or lie on their backs in meadows at night and reach up to touch the stars and do.
I love how it makes me, and I think many, many people, feel free, like we can be just who we want to be.
This is for me, to quote the early miners, the “gold in them tharhills.”
About the Author:
Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give You the Sun, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, was on multiple Best Books of the Year lists, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, earned numerous starred reviews, has been translated widely, and continues to enjoy great international success. Currently a full-time writer, Jandy lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings ofThe Sky Is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun. Visit her online at www.jandynelson.com or find her on twitter at @jandynelson.
Got a question for Jandy? @PenguinTeen is hosting a Twitter chat with Jandy Nelson, Stephanie Perkins, and Gayle Forman, tomorrow, Sept. 16th, at 7 PM ET!
A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell
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 radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour, featuring guest posts, interviews, giveaways, and more!
Sept. 1 – Cuddlebuggery
Sept. 2 – Novel Sounds
Sept. 3 – Perpetual Page Turner
Sept. 4 – Forever Young Adult
Sept. 8 – The Young Folks
Sept. 9 – The Book Hookup
Sept. 10 – Grown Up Fangirl
Sept. 11 – Bewitched Bookworms
Sept. 15 – Candace’s Book Blog
Sept. 16 – Novel Novice
Sept. 17 – Alice Marvels
Sept. 18 – Icey Books
Sept. 22 – The Midnight Garden
Sept. 23 – The Starry-Eyed Revue
Sept. 24 – Tales of a Ravenous Reader
Sept. 25 – Katie’s Book Blog
Sept. 29 –GReads!
Sept. 30 –Anna Reads
Paperback copies of The Sky Is Everywhere (her first book which was also incredible)