Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

March 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment

Jake and Lily are twins and have always felt the same–like two halves of one person–but the year they turn eleven and Jake begins hanging out with Bump Stubbins, everything changes.



I think this book is amazing! It is about twins that are a bit different than regular twins. Their names are Jake and Lily and the different thing about them is that they have this special thing that they called “Goombla.” It is very enjoyable and funny to read. When I started reading I couldn’t put the book down! I think people should read this funny and fun book.

This book is excellent. It’s just what I’ve come to expect from such a great author as Jerry Spinelli. The book heavily rests upon the two main characters for the story’s whole, and with that in mind, the characters (that is, the important ones) were developed almost to the point of overdoing the task.
The main characters are a set of twins, a boy and a girl. Their senses and emotions are mysteriously linked by a force they call “goombla,” an empathy link of sorts. This causes them both to sleepwalk to the train station where they were born every year on their birthday. But this link changes over time. The year before their 11th birthday, their parents decide it’s time for separate rooms. Jake and Lily s l o w l y  d r i f t  a p a r t, their goombla becoming weaker with every passing day. Jake starts to associate with the wrong kinds of kids, and Lily loses face altogether without Jake. Will their dilemma resolve? Read the book to find out!
The setting in this book isn’t too important, and our author makes that perfectly apparent by saying almost nothing about their residence. However, there are several important mini-areas in the story, and these were expressed in the best possible way.
Overall, this book is a masterpiece. The perfect amount of fun, malice, and sadness blended together by an author that has claimed his place in the literary world time and time again. A realistic journey through childhood phases and the trials of twin-hood, this book gets a 10 out of 10 in my mind. Oh, and also…pickles!

I could go on forever about this book. It was so good I’m having difficulty describing it. Jake and Lily are believable, funny characters. It’s funny, mysterious, and cool. The plot is almost perfect in every way. The only bad thing is that it’s only 300 and something pages. This is the best book I’ve read in a while! The twins share a sort of ESP in their minds and they take turns telling the story. It’s more exciting hearing two points of view. Also, the siblings don’t get along perfectly, which I like because other books make siblings too nice to each other. Jake and Lily truly stands out as extraordinary.

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