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Jake and Lily

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  3,639 Ratings  ·  457 Reviews
This is a story about me, Lily.
And me, Jake.
We're twins and we're exactly alike.
Not exactly!
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
true friends
things getting built and wrecked
Audio, Unabridged
Published May 8th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Jenny It has a modern setting in a small town somewhere in america.
Jenny 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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Emily O
Jake and Lily is a book about twins, a girl (lily) and a boy (Jake). They know eachother perfectly, they can read eachothers minds and tell when the other is sad or happy. But something weird happens every year on there birthday. Each year in the middle of the night they mysteriously walk to a nearby train station. But one year when they turned 11 it was time for separate bedrooms. Jake started to hang out with friends more often and Lily struggled to find any. Lily was very high tempered so she ...more
Apr 08, 2012 Hilda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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 18, 2015 Ahang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Feb 11, 2013 Josiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Rana Heshmati
May 02, 2014 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.. :>
Jan 24, 2014 Joannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2016 Rita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, freinds, fiction
I really liked this book because I can kind of relate to the whole "bored riding around" sumer thing and personally, I think that twins are pretty cool. I also sort of made a playground of the summer and met new friends. I always love all of Jerry Spinelli's work.
Clare Cannon
May 22, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
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
Apr 07, 2012 Aeicha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jake and Lily are twins. They do everything together until the summer after 5th grade when Jake starts riding around with a group of boys from the neighborhood and leaves Lily behind.

The Good

1. Alternating perspectives keep the story moving quickly. Jake and Lily each have very unique voices so there's no chance of being confused.

2. Ernie and his mom. By far the best characters in the book. I wish we could've heard Ernie's story.

3. Fast read and entertaining enough to keep me interested.

4. J
Carol Royce Owen
Jun 07, 2013 Carol Royce Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Noah Breske
Aug 26, 2013 Noah Breske rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hafsah Faizal
May 24, 2012 Hafsah Faizal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally Posted Here

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
Jan 12, 2013 Cheri rated it it was ok
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
Anna Garland
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
Twins Jake and Lily have always been close, so close that they can complete each other's thoughts. But this year, Jake seems to be moving in a different direction. He's hanging out with a different group of friends, including Bump Stubbins, a local bully that Lily cannot abide. Readers have a chance to follow the story from two perspectives since the twins are writing a book about their lives. This particular device allows readers to feel empathy for both characters, especially when Jake finds h ...more
Roberta Shapiro
Nov 30, 2013 Roberta Shapiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 17, 2013 Meredith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some of Spinelli's works are masterpieces that trigger shattering sobs and make you ache for the characters. This is not one of them. Which is not to say that it's hilarious and makes you cheer for the characters either. Instead, it's just blah. I think the only emotion elicited was pride in having managed to finish in one sitting so I wouldn't have to pick it up again.

The concept of alternating narrators intrigued me at the beginning, but I didn't get a sense of what were supposed to be vastly
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
Amy Jewell
Jan 17, 2015 Amy Jewell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2012 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-2013
3.5 stars. Parts of this book I loved, especially the distinctive voices of the two narrators, and some themes which addressed deep issues (identity, independence, change) through daily events. But in the middle of the book, during Jake's Goober fixation, I actively disliked it. Eventually it became clear what the value of that part of the story was, and the realistic growth of the characters at the end was satisfying, but with a residual 'bad taste' still lingering. My son (12) LOVES this book, ...more
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
JoEllen Mccarthy
Sep 26, 2012 JoEllen Mccarthy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Jerry Spinelli's ability to craft stories with voice and heart. I immediately connected with the characters Jake and his twin sister Lily. Although it was a quick read, this story had many layers. I was emotionally invested in the twins but found myself cringing at the sub plot involving Bump, the bully, and Jake's involvement. It would be great for character discussions about choices. I loved the way Spinelli wrote about Jake's wrestling with guilt and the decisions he makes involving h ...more
Nov 24, 2013 Marcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C'mon Jerry Spinelli, win me back-
Okay, it wasn't Maniac Magee, but I really enjoyed Jake and Lily.
This is the quiet story of twins, who are close and enjoy spending time together and sharing the gift of "goombla" the ability to share feelings and thoughts without speaking. The deep twin connection those of us who aren't twins are fascinated with.
When they turn 11, things begin to change and each sets off in their own way to experience the world as an individual, caught between yearning for the
Natalie Godinez
Dec 20, 2016 Natalie Godinez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Novel Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli is a book about the life of 2 teen twins. Jake and Lily don't share rooms no more and they don't do anything together anymore. I like this book because it is really funny, interesting, and realistic book that I can really compare myself with. I recommend this book to Josue and Juan because they are twins and it would be interesting to them to read this book.
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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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