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Jake and Lily

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,250 Ratings  ·  414 Reviews
Jake and Lily are twins. Even though they seem pretty different—Jake is the calm one and Lily has a temper; Lily is obsessed with trains and Jake collects cool rocks—they feel exactly the same, almost like two halves of one person. When one of them gets hurt, the other can feel it. They can communicate without words. And mysteriously, every year on their birthday, they sle ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Luna Grace It has a modern setting in a small town somewhere in america.
Luna Grace Interesting question. I'd say that the theme is: even if you have a twin, you are still your own person. But it could also be: A bond can be broken,…moreInteresting question. I'd say that the theme is: even if you have a twin, you are still your own person. But it could also be: A bond can be broken, but it can be mended too.(less)
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Apr 12, 2012 Hilda rated it liked it
Shelves: children, arc
Jake and Lily are twins. They were born in the California Zephyr train, in the Moffat Tunnel.


They have something special that intertwine them. Both can feel the other’s thoughts, fear, and presence. In their birthday since they’re sixth, they somehow wake up in a train station. That is their secret, the thing that makes them special. Goombla.

Super cool!

But now they’re both eleven and having their summer holiday, Jake starts hanging out with other boys. He never has time to play with Lily an
Rachael Stein
Feb 08, 2012 Rachael Stein rated it liked it
Jake and Lily are twins – the spooky kind. They hear each other's thoughts, sense when the other twin is in danger, and, most magically, sleepwalk together every year on their birthday. Lily wants to believe that they are a matched pair – alike in every way – but Jake has his doubts. In the summer of their eleventh year, Jake finally moves into his own bedroom, and the twins begin the painful process of differentiation.

I was hooked from the first chapter, which is narrated in alternating lines b
Sep 27, 2012 Wendy rated it really liked it
A roundly charming book. THIS is the book to read about bullying this year; THIS book takes place in the real world, is peopled by real people, talks down to no one, and--while, as in real life, there are adults present--the kids are the focus, the do-ers, the ones who make stuff happen.

I was going to write, on reading the first third or so of the book, about how delightful both Jake and Lily are. Then the book grew darker; Lily was still delightful but too sad to be comfortable with, and Jake,
Jun 20, 2015 Ahang rated it it was amazing
واي كه چه قدر عالي بود. كاش من بزرگ شم. :))
مي دونيد، كتاب انگار براي بچه ها بود. اما به نظرم خيلي از ما هم نياز داريم به خوندن ش. خيلي از ما هم بايد به زندگي فرصت بديم تا پيدامون كنه. خيلي درك كردم ش. چون خيلي از افكار لي لي رو من م دارم. و خوب ياد به م داد كه صبر كنم. فرصت بدم. هم به خودم و هم به زندگي.
واقعا ممنون از رعنا :)
Rana Heshmati
May 10, 2015 Rana Heshmati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: دو قلو ها و علاقه مندان به آن ها!
قشنگ و گوگولی.. :>
Mar 23, 2014 Joannah rated it really liked it
Jake and Lily were born on a train, in a tunnel 6 miles long, 11 minutes apart. Every year on the night of their birthday, they each sleepwalk to the nearby train station and wake up to find the other standing on the platform with them, evidence of the indescribable bond they share as twins - something they decide to call “goombla.” They are best friends.

When they’re about to have their eleventh birthday, Lily is moved into a separate bedroom and, she feels, a separate life. Jake begins to vent
Feb 20, 2013 Josiah rated it really liked it

Jerry Spinelli's books are reason for celebration. A hundred years after the release of Jake and Lily into a world of young readers starving for substance and the strengthening of our emotions and character that great literature offers, when Jerry Spinelli is no longer writing new stories and all we have left of him is a collection of transcendent juvenile novels that changed millions of hearts and affected billions of others, I hope we never lose the sense of what a gift it was each time Jerry
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Jun 02, 2012 Erik This Kid Reviews Books rated it it was amazing
Jake and Lily are twins and they have this kind of super power connection. Once when Lily was inside coloring, she yelled out loud “I’m stuck!” and it turned out that Jake was stuck under a fence in the yard. Another time Lily was about to run into the street chasing a ball, Jake yelled out “STOP!”, but he was at the dentist five miles away. When they were younger Jake and Lily were best friends and always together. They called their special connection their “goombla.” Their goombla starts to fa ...more
May 12, 2014 Lana rated it really liked it
Jake is a boy. Lily is a girl. Twins. As different as they are, Lily is still clinging on to the childhood they spent together. When it's time for Jake to break free from their past partnership, Lily is so upset, she seeks help from her Poppy to find a new life. An excellent book about breaking free from your past and finding a new path, this book enlightened me and was indeed a very happy book. It wasn't a hard read at all, but still made me happy. It was fluff. Not nearly as meaningful as some ...more
Carol Royce Owen
Jun 07, 2013 Carol Royce Owen rated it really liked it
Goombla is an interconnectedness between twins Jake and Lily, the ability to know something is going to happen to the other, even when the other is not around. It's what made Jake yell "Stop!" preventing Lily from running out into the road in front of a car, even though Jake was 5 miles away, it's what gave Lily the knowledge that Jake was stuck under a fence, even though she couldn't see him, and it's what causes the twins to sleepwalk to the local train station every year on their birthday.

Jun 29, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
Jerry Spinelli is one of my favorite children's authors. MANIAC MAGEE, THE LIBRARY CARD, and STARGIRL were three of my absolute favorite books. JAKE AND LILY might not be an instant classic, but it is a wonderful story for boys and girls.

Jake and Lily are fraternal twins who sleepwalk to the train station on their birthday. It's one of many ways they're connected, including a sense for where the other is and what they're doing. But as they mature, they can't stay glued to each other. Jake starts
Roberta Shapiro
Nov 30, 2013 Roberta Shapiro rated it really liked it
Jake and Lily are twins whose connection is so strong they share the same dreams, and their bond as twins has made them the best of friends- until now. Jake starts to hang around with some of the neighborhood boys, and Lily is left behind. As she strives to find her own identity with the help of her hippie grandfather, she comes to the realization that she, too, can find friendship and meaning as "Just Lily." Meanwhile, Jake confronts his own identity issues as he has become a bully by associati ...more
Clare Cannon
Jun 19, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 8-11 years+
Shelves: 08-12yrs, favorites

I just love Spinelli. Even though he tells a similar story with new names and faces, it's the kind of story you can never hear enough of, because every time you read it, you become just a little bit better.

The story reminded me of Crash, except that the duel narrators opens this one up to girls as well. Jake and Lily are twins who've always had a special connection, but as they get older Jake starts to pull away. As Lily gets closer to her long lost Poppy and struggles to cope with losing her b
Sep 27, 2013 Cheri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
I was so excited to get to this book. The cover was appealing, the concept of following a pair of twins in first person was exciting, and the potential for adventure was alluring. Not so, none of it.
The cover, while appealing, does not reveal just how annoying the kids are. I mean, what kid is allowed to punch their grandfather when they get angry? As a 10-year-old? Please. And what family ignores the fact that one of their kids is heartbroken that the other one is being a jerk? I don't want to
Hafsah Faizal
May 24, 2012 Hafsah Faizal rated it it was amazing
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Jake and Lily have been together ever since they were babies, they experience each other’s feelings and every night on their birthday the both sleepwalk to a train station. So when their parents suggest that it’s time to make some friends and have their separate rooms, Lily’s not happy; Jake doesn’t really care. But once Jake makes some friends, he forgets about Lily, and is suddenly mean to her. Lily’s alone, she has no friends to hang out with and she misses the old Jak
Anna Garland
May 13, 2012 Anna Garland rated it liked it
This book is about the title characters Jake and Lily. These characters are twins with very distinct personalities and a unique bond. The story discusses how the relationships between boys and girls differ as both mature. The relationship Jake and lily had in the beginning was very close, always knowing how each other felt, but as they reach the age of 11, this all changes. Jake wants to hang out with his friends and Lily wants to be with Jake, but ends up feeling rejected by Jake not understand ...more
Apr 10, 2012 Aeicha rated it it was amazing
THREE WORDS: Completely Captivating & Touching

MY REVIEW: Every once in a while a MG Contemporary comes along and really captures my heart, mind and imagination completely…Jerry Spinelli’s Jake and Lily is definitely one of those books!

Twins Jake and Lily are more than just brother and sister, they’re best friends. They have a powerful connection that allows them to know when the other one is in trouble or hurt, finish each other’s sentences and communicate without words. The twins were born
Noah Breske
Aug 26, 2013 Noah Breske rated it really liked it
1. I think that the book is an interesting book and also very funny. Some of the quotations which support how funny and interesting this book is as follows:

“I stink at origami. Whatever I try to make came out looking like a giraffe in a bathtub.”

“Must be bite off grandpa’s head day.”

“I stared at the pitiful drawer. I said you’re not even civilized! You don’t even have an ice cream scoop!”

“I read Poppy’s palm. I said he’s going to buy me a car on the day I turn sixteen. He said that’s it for your
Samantha Eve Kennedy
Already a Spinelli fan thanks to his book, "Stargirl," I eagerly requested this latest book from the library. Although I did enjoy this ultra-fast read, I did not find it as memorable as the book I previously mentioned. However I was enamored of a character named Ernie. Not your typical "victim" character, at first I wondered if Ernie was "not-all-there" due to his reactions towards obvious mean kids who begin to tease him. However Ernie pleasantly surprised me at the end of the story, reminding ...more
Lisa Goldman
Feb 02, 2015 Lisa Goldman rated it really liked it
Read this book with my daughters for an elementary book club. The author captures both Lily and Jake's voice well. They are twins and sometimes get along well and other times fight like any other sibling. Some parts I felt could've have moved along a little faster but I had to remind myself that this was written for children.
Ugh, I can't TAKE it!!!! I don't CARE about your stupid twin problems! Ok, ok, calm down...

I liked it good enough.

But it seemed like two thirds of the books was Lilly moping about twins and Jake blabbing about goobers... If it hear that word one more time I will grab this book and rip out every individual page!

I was loving it at the beginning. Then they lost there goombla and I was a little confused... They have it just sometimes, or all the time? And they never explained why thy walked to the
May 06, 2015 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this book. These inseparable twins, Lily and Jake, are growing up and learning about challenges that they may face as they go thru life independently. Lots of problem solving, building relationships, and see thru the eyes of Jake and Lilly. Family members, neighborhood children, and the twins' parents guide them. This would be a nice read aloud for 3rd-5th graders. Lots of good discussion points.
Amy Jewell
Apr 20, 2015 Amy Jewell rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
LaRocco, D. (2012). [Review of the book Jake and Lily by J. Spinelli]. School Library Journal. Retrieved from

I felt this was a very accurate review of the book, Jake and Lily. The review detailed all of the main points without giving away too much of the plot. Just reading a book review about a set of twins that have the same dream and end up at the train station in the middle of the night on their birthday is an intriguing "teaser" that will get both chi
Vicki Cose
May 21, 2015 Vicki Cose rated it really liked it
Cute story about twins, their identities and
relationships. Middle school students will
enjoy this good read.
Mar 01, 2016 Sierra rated it it was amazing
This book is level S and I would recommend it to anyone.

Jake and Lily are twins they have a room together, they ride bikes together, and every night on their birthday thay wake up at a train station and smell pickles and that day they read each other's minds they call gambola. And Lily wants it to stay like this forever but the summer takes a turn on her with plan of hers. Jake starts hanging out with three other boys the leader of them a all of them of sort is apart?ump who Lily hates! Lily is
Feb 17, 2015 Kari rated it really liked it
Read with my daughter at age 10...need to re-read it on my truly love
Jan 24, 2015 Mariam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
This book had left me in such a nice place, i just liked it a lot.
Emily H
Jun 03, 2016 Emily H rated it it was amazing
Jake and Lily are twins. Their story of growing up will make you laugh, cry, cheer, and scream. Jake is a boy who takes the first step to growing up when he make small decisions to become more independent. He becomes friends with a group of boys Lily doesn't like, moves to a new room so he won't be sharing with Lily anymore, and eventually just stops hanging out. Lily sees no need for anything to change and acts the same as she did years ago. When I read this book, I laughed at the kids humor, c ...more
Dec 29, 2015 Elusive rated it liked it
Shelves: review
Aptly titled ‘Jake and Lily’, this book revolves around the twins who have been close ever since they were born. They share a little secret – they can somehow sense each other’s thoughts and presence. Basically, twin telepathy. However, when they turn eleven they begin to drift apart. Jake starts hanging out with the neighbourhood boys while Lily is lonely and friendless.

The story was told via its chapters alternating between the perspectives of Jake and Lily. I liked this format as it provided
Jun 11, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it
Jake and Lily are twins, a mere eleven minutes apart. They have a very special bond. They seem to always know when the other person is in trouble and what the other person is doing. They often share bruises. They can't even play hide and seek because they always know where the other one is hiding. Probably the most mystical part of this bond happens on their birthday. They each sleepwalk and end up at the train station together. They haven't told anyone about this ability that they have dubbed G ...more
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When Jerry Spinelli was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player. Lucky for us he became a writer instead.

He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. He has published more than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.
Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 — not much older than the hero of his
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