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Jake and Lily Kindle Edition
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From the Inside Flap
This is a story about me, Lily.
And me, Jake.
We're twins and we're exactly alike.
Whatever. This is a book we wrote about the summer we turned eleven and Jake ditched me.
Please. I just started hanging out with some guys in the neighborhood.
Right. So anyway, this is a book about
goobers and supergoobers
things getting built and wrecked and rebuilt
and about figuring out who we are.
We wrote this together
so you'll get to see both sides of our story.
But you'll probably agree with my side.
You always have to have the last word, don't you?
- File Size : 1300 KB
- Publication Date : May 8, 2012
- Print Length : 357 pages
- Publisher : Balzer + Bray (May 8, 2012)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B0068LY7A4
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #96,716 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Jake and Lily are twin brother and sister. All their lives, they've done everything together, and every year on their birthday, they sleepwalk to the train station where they were born. Their bond is so strong that they even seem to share the same thoughts, and/or feel things the other is feeling, even when miles apart. But as they get older, their parents decide it's time to give them separate bed rooms...then soon after, Jake falls in with the neighborhood cool kids. Will Jake submit to peer pressure and bully the new kid in town? And can Lily adjust to a life without her brother constantly around? And will their "psychic" bond ever return to them, at a time when they seem to be drifting further apart?
This book seemed rather unique to me, in the sense that it's one of the most leisurely paced stories I've read. The chapters jump back and forth between the siblings as they tell their side of the situations they find themselves in. There's no real "villain" or anything here (the gang of bullies comes the closest, but even they're vindicated in the end); the whole thing is just a journey of self discovery, really. But that certainly doesn't mean this book is boring--far from it. On one hand, you have Jake trying to make new friends outside of his sister, and slowly realizing their antics toward the neighborhood "goober" is wrong. On the other, you have Lily, who, with the help of her "hippie" grandpa, tries to "get a life"--discovering there ARE unique qualities to herself, and that it's okay to not do everything with her twin...and that their special bond can never truly be broken. Does their "goombla" (as they call it) ever return? Well, you'll just have to read to find out. ;)
All n' all, the story takes you back to lazy summer afternoons hanging with your friends and family, while also taking the reader on a journey of the ups and downs of growing up.
Meanwhile, Lily becomes depressed because she feels like she is losing herself. Her grandpa helps her to find a life that is not centered around her twin brother. She struggles with this because she does not want a new life; she just wants her brother back. Lily sees her brother having fun everyday while she remains miserable. She starts to think that maybe the goombla and her brother will be lost forever.
Eventually, Lily finds a new friend and Jake befriends the goober, leaving Bump behind. Will the goombla come back? Will Jake and Lily's relationship go back to the way things were? You've got to read it to find out. This is a comical book about two twins growing up and growing apart. It is written from both perspectives (every other chapter is written by Jake and every other is written by Lily). At first, this may be confusing for younger readers. However, as the book progresses the two personalities become more distinct. This makes it easier to discern whose chapter it is, and the reader does not have to flip back to the title to see.
The short chapters and simple vocabulary make for a pretty simple read. I would recommend this book for children grades 3-6. I think all types of students could enjoy this book. It is well written and the characters development is inspiring. There is just a right mix between comedy and other feelings (regret, sadness, jealousy, etc.).
I think there is a good lesson in this book about bullying. Through this book the boys bully quite a few people, but we get to know one of the kids they pick on a lot. We also get to see how this impacts Jake. He begins to realize that not only is bullying wrong, but so is standing by while someone else does the bullying. Laughing is just as much of a crime, and just because someone is different doesn't make them any less of a person. There is also a good lesson about finding yourself and being true to who you are.
As a warning to parents and teachers: In this book there are a few choice words that you may not want in your classroom or your home. They are not cuss words exactly, but some may not be comfortable with their younger children reading it. A few examples so that you can decide for yourself without buying the book are: bull, freaking, moron, crap, etc. Because there is a lot of teasing in the book there is a lot of name calling.
Top reviews from other countries
I became her favourite non relative.
I loved the connection between Lily and Jake, it made the book more interesting.
It was great!!!