Thursday Quotables: I’ll Give You the Sun


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!


I'll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
(published September 16, 2014)

Since there are two different narrators, I thought I’d include two different passages. Here’s the first:

Before leaving school I consorted with The Oracle: Google. Internet searches are better than tea leaves or a tarot deck. You put in your question: Am I a bad person? Is this headache a symptom of an inoperable brain tumor? Why won’t my mother’s ghost speak to me? What should I do about Noah? Then you sort through the results and determine the divination.

And another:

I slowly turn to Brian, who’s staring at me with his squinting eyes, not saying anything. Why isn’t he saying anything? Maybe I used up all the words? Maybe he’s too freaked out that I lied, then unlied, then started a psychotic art history lesson? Why didn’t I stay on the roof? I need to sit down. Making friends is supremely stressful. I swallow a few hundred times.

I love the two distinct voices who tell this story. I haven’t gotten very far, but I’m already so impressed with the crazy imagery that keeps flying off the page. I can’t wait to see where this all goes.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
  • Leave your link in the comments — or, if you have a quote to share but not a blog post, you can leave your quote in the comments too!
  • Visit other linked blogs to view their Thursday Quotables, and have fun!

6 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: I’ll Give You the Sun

  1. Lovely 🙂
    I like both snippet, but the first it’s my favourite. Google as an oracle, that’s priceless!!!

    Sorry I’m not taking part to the Thursday Quotable, but today #IAmCharlie

    • Thanks for stopping by — and I’ll look forward to whatever you pick next week! 🙂 I do love the Google as oracle concept too. The writing here is really unusual, and I’m finding all sorts of weird and interesting metaphors and images.

    • I haven’t had as much time to read as I’d like, so I haven’t gotten all that far — but so far, I’m really enjoying the writing and I’m wondering where this story is going to go!

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