The Fault in Our Stars might’ve come and (mostly) gone at the box office pretty quickly — $48 million on its winning debut weekend, $14.8 million the weekend after — but it was, like so many young-adult novel adaptations before it, a huge success. After a long train of Harry Potters and Twilights and Hunger Gameses, the romance about cancer-afflicted teens served as a reminder that YA = $$, and that the subject matter doesn’t have to be fantastical or dystopian to yield a strong turnout.
So Warner Bros. is keeping the trend alive with I’ll Give You the Sun, a coming-of-age novel that’ll publish this September through Dial Press, a Penguin company. Written by former literary agent (i.e., has good grip on what people buy/love) Jandy Nelson, the novel is about “incredibly close” teen twins named Noah and Jude. The synopsis, per Goodreads, where advance copies have earned the novel 4.54 stars (out of five):
At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and 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 divisive ways … until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor. 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.
So go ahead and plan on that being your next in-theater ugly-cry-fest. There’s no writer or director yet, but Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan (Ramona and Beezus, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Lucky One) are on board as producers. I have to split, though — Nelson has one novel out already, and it’s also got a fuzzy/inspirational/fortune cookie–ish title, The Sky Is Everywhere, and I hear it’s “STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL,” so I have to read that right now.