I’ll Give You the Sun

by

Jandy Nelson

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Brian Connelly / The Boy from the Roof Character Analysis

A high school boy who comes to Lost Cove for the summer the year that Noah and Jude are thirteen years old. Noah and Brian are immediately drawn to one another, and embark upon a friendship that has undertones of deep sexual attraction. Though the boys flirt and even, on occasion, hold hands when no one is looking, nothing ever transpires between them—until Brian returns for the winter break and at last confesses his feelings to Noah. The two enjoy a brief period of happiness, until one afternoon Dianna walks in on them masturbating together. Brian, a student athlete, is afraid that word will spread and he will be bullied at school, and cuts off his relationship with Noah, quickly beginning a new relationship with a girl named Courtney to save face. Noah, incensed, outs Brian, leading to a permanent schism in their relationship. Brian is an athlete, an amateur astronomer, and in many ways a dreamer, just like Noah. He is drawn to Noah’s quiet intensity and careful artistry, and, while things are good, the two provide one another with support, understanding, and excitement about the possibilities of love and desire. The novel ends on an optimistic note with Brian and Noah reunited and holding hands after many years apart.

Brian Connelly / The Boy from the Roof Quotes in I’ll Give You the Sun

The I’ll Give You the Sun quotes below are all either spoken by Brian Connelly / The Boy from the Roof or refer to Brian Connelly / The Boy from the Roof. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dial Books edition of I’ll Give You the Sun published in 2014.
Chapter 3 Quotes

He points to my pad. “So I guess you just talk in there, is that it?”

“Pretty much,” I say. We’re under a streetlamp and I’m trying not to stare but it’s hard. I wish the world would stick like a clock so I could look at him for as long as I want. There’s something going on in his face right now, something very bright trying to get out—a dam keeping back a wall of light. His soul might be a sun. I’ve never met anyone who had the sun for a soul.

I want to say more so he doesn’t leave. I feel so good, the freaking green leafy kind of good. “I paint in my head,” I tell him. “I was the whole time.” I’ve never told anyone I do this, not even Jude, and I have no idea why I’m telling him. I’ve never let anyone into the invisible museum before.

Related Characters: Noah Sweetwine (speaker), Brian Connelly / The Boy from the Roof (speaker), Jude Sweetwine
Related Symbols: The Invisible Museum
Page Number: 70
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“When Castor died,” he says, “Pollux missed him too much, so he made a deal to share his immortality with him and that’s how they both ended up in the sky.”

“I’d do that,” I say. “Totally.”

“Yeah? Must be a twin thing,” he says, misunderstanding. “Though you’d never know it from that Death by Window Maneuver.” I feel my face flush because I’d meant him, duh, I’d share my immortality with him. I meant you, I want to holler.

Related Characters: Noah Sweetwine (speaker), Brian Connelly / The Boy from the Roof (speaker), Jude Sweetwine
Page Number: 104
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Chapter 5 Quotes

[Mom] gets up, walks over to me, puts her hand under my chin, and lifts my face so I’m forced into the earnest hold of her eyes. “Listen to me. It takes a lot of courage to be true to yourself, true to your heart. You always have been very brave that way and I pray you always will be. It’s your responsibility, Noah. Remember that.”

Page Number: 281
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Brian Connelly / The Boy from the Roof Character Timeline in I’ll Give You the Sun

The timeline below shows where the character Brian Connelly / The Boy from the Roof appears in I’ll Give You the Sun. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...over Noah, but it is immediately replaced by fear and embarrassment when he spots a boy on the roof of the house the movers are going into—looking straight at him with... (full context)
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As Noah walks home through the woods, he spots the boy from the roof. The boy asks Noah how “class” was, and then admits that he... (full context)
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When the two boys emerge from the woods and onto their street, the boy from the roof marvels at... (full context)
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The next morning, while working on a drawing of the boy from the roof, Noah hears Jude calling him from the hall. He quickly flips the... (full context)
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Jude asks if Noah has seen the new “freak” on the block—she means the boy from the roof. As weird as the boy is, Jude says, he can’t possibly be weirder... (full context)
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That night, Noah can’t sleep. He goes up to the roof to see if the boy is up on his, but he is not. Noah pulls out his notebook and begins... (full context)
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...the new kid in the woods and, though he is nervous, introduces himself. The other boy introduces himself as Brian, and says he’s fourteen. Noah, lying, says he’s fourteen as well.... (full context)
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When Brian doesn’t say anything, Noah gets nervous that Brian has become “freaked out” by his strange... (full context)
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Hours later, Noah and Brian have not found any meteorites, but Noah is taken with Brian, whom he sees as... (full context)
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At that moment, Zephyr and Fry wander through the woods, and begin teasing Brian and Noah for acting “romantic” with one another. Noah wishes he had the strength to... (full context)
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Noah asks Brian if he plays pitcher in baseball, and Brian, smiling, says that he does. They pick... (full context)
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Five days later, Noah is at his desk, sketching Brian. Every day this week, the two of them have spent time in the woods together,... (full context)
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Noah attempts to shrug off Jude’s questions about his relationship with Brian, but at that moment, there is a tapping at the window—Brian himself has come by... (full context)
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Brian and Noah walk down the street towards Brian’s house, and Brian asks why Noah was... (full context)
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Noah and Brian climb up onto the roof, and Brian readies the telescope before showing Noah a book... (full context)
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...smell of jasmine makes people tell their secrets. He relays this bit of lore to Brian, who asks Noah to tell him one of his own secrets. Noah reveals that he... (full context)
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After a few minutes, Brian calls Noah over to use the telescope, and Noah is amazed by the stars. Brian... (full context)
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The next afternoon, as Brian and Noah emerge from their daily trek through the woods, they find a group of... (full context)
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The girls take turns trying on Brian’s hat as a way of flirting with him, and Noah is confused by the strange... (full context)
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Back in the house, Noah goes to his room and watches Brian and the girls from his window. After a few minutes, Dianna comes in and tries... (full context)
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...while, but soon grows bored, and turns to a new page where he begins sketching Brian. He is focusing so hard on the drawing that he barely even notices when Brian... (full context)
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That night, Noah blows Jude off to hang out with Brian, and continues blowing her off each night that week. Noah even begins hanging out with... (full context)
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...sister’s party, but she is using the evening as a kind of going-away party for Brian, who is returning to boarding school the following morning. As Noah navigates the crowds in... (full context)
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Finally, Noah spots Brian: he is following Courtney up a staircase. At the top of the stairs, Noah sees... (full context)
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Brian and Jude are there—Brian is talking to Courtney, and Jude is talking to a group... (full context)
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Noah greets Brian, and suggests the two of them leave the party. Brian, though, want so stay. Noah’s... (full context)
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...Heather kisses Noah, and he kisses her back halfheartedly. Once he imagines that she is Brian, though, he becomes excited, and the kiss grows more passionate. The two barely even hear... (full context)
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Noah’s mind wanders and he imagines Jude and Brian locked in a passionate embrace. Upset, he tells the English guy he’s going to go... (full context)
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...Then he returns to his own room and rips up all of his drawings of Brian. When he’s finished, Jude still isn’t home from the party. Noah crawls into bed but... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...thing Noah does lately, though, is post a message to the website LostConnections, intended for Brian each and every week. (full context)
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Jude knows what was going on between Brian and Noah that fateful summer—she could see Noah’s “dreams [about Brian] outside of his body.”... (full context)
Chapter 5
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It is the day after Brian has left for boarding school. Noah sneaks into Jude’s room while she’s in the shower... (full context)
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...large warehouse space. As he stands on the street he is assaulted by memories of Brian—but tries to remind himself that what truly matters are the worlds he can make through... (full context)
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...sits on Noah’s chest and screams in his face that nothing happened between her and Brian in the closet. They simply talked about astronomy while they were in there together. Jude... (full context)
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...baking wafts down the hallway and wakes Noah up. He is anxious—winter break means that Brian will be coming back to town soon. As Noah heads to the kitchen, Jude stops... (full context)
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Without warning, the kitchen door opens and Brian walks in. Noah involuntarily jumps up, then sits down—Dianna greets Brian, who admits that he... (full context)
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As Brian comes up for air, he admits he’s wanted to kiss Noah for a long time.... (full context)
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A few days later, Noah and Brian are up in Noah’s room. Brian is watching footage of a meteor shower online, and... (full context)
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Brian leaves through the window hurriedly. Noah stews in anxiety and embarrassment for an hour until... (full context)
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...panic—he is afraid that Dianna is going to tell his dad about the incident with Brian and ruin the burgeoning closeness between him and Benjamin. Noah tiptoes through the house to... (full context)
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...keeps running all the way home. When he is almost at his street, he spots Brian—walking with Courtney. He has a smudge of lipstick on his mouth, and his hand is... (full context)
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...his mother’s bed before going out to look for Jude. Noah can’t find her anywhere, though—Brian is nowhere to be seen, either. (full context)
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...sadness. She is struck with a sudden idea—she wonders what would happen if she contacted Brian on her brother’s behalf. (full context)
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Jude goes over to the computer and begins searching for Brian on the internet. She reads that after coming out as gay, Brian was offered a... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Noah, feeling anxious, looks over to Brian’s house, and wishes Brian were up on the roof. He paces through the house until... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...talk more than they have in years, and Noah confesses to Jude that he and Brian were in love, and that Dianna caught them together. Noah regrets ruining Brian’s life—but Jude... (full context)
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...a mural painted on a cement crumbling wall—there are images of her and Noah, of Brian, of Mom and Guillermo at the Wooden Bird, of Dad, of Heather, and Guillermo’s stone... (full context)
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...in. As Jude jumps nearly out of her skin, she is reminded of the time Brian walked into the kitchen and spooked—and excited—Noah all those years ago. Jude introduces Oscar to... (full context)
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...swim in the ocean. As Jude looks across the street at the woods, she sees Brian and Noah emerging from the forest hand in hand—last week, Noah finally got a response... (full context)