Jake and Lily are twins. They were born in the California Zephyr train, in the Moffat Tunnel.
They have something special that intertwine them. Bo...moreJake 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.
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 anymore.
Uh oh, NOT cool.
It is the first summer when the twins spend it separately. While Lily tries to find her life without Jake with the help of their Grandpa, Jake learns about making up for his own mistakes and being friends with someone considered nerd is okay.
The first thing that made me interested to read this book is the author. Jerry Spinelli is not my favorite author but I love how raw and honest his writing in Star Girl. I enjoyed how wonderful Jerry Spinelli captivates the feeling of eleven-years-old kids.
This book is written like a journal and you get to slip inside Jake and Lily's head. At first, I was more interested in Jake’s POV. Jake goes out and spends summer holiday with his friends, and it’s certainly more interesting rather than sulking Lily who keeps yelling and getting angry at Jake. But as the story progresses, Lily’s story intrigued me more. Lily’s attempts to have a life are desperate and hilarious sometimes. While Jake’s story is dark with the heavy theme of bullying, Lily’s story is a little more cheerful and more focused on her struggle to stand in her own feet.
I like most parts of this book, even though I’m not really in favor with the ending. It’s just an okay ending for me. Jake and Lily is a great, quick read that will remind you about the confusion of growing up, the strangest time when you realize that boys and girls are different, and the importance of staying true to yourself.
How do you not try to get something you want? How do you stop caring about the thing that you care about the most? How do you erase the other half of your own self?
Pleasant to know that BFG is not an acronym for Butcher Fairy Godmother or Bloody Fucker Gobble. BFG st...moreOkay, my first thought is, what BFG states for?
Pleasant to know that BFG is not an acronym for Butcher Fairy Godmother or Bloody Fucker Gobble. BFG states for Big Friendly Giant. I know it sounds a bit self-conscious, but if you were a giant and lived with nine man-eater giants while you gave beautiful dreams for children around the world, it would be very normal to feel that you are the best giant in the world. Which in this book is completely accurate.
Sophie is an orphan girl with very cute illustration, a glasses girl with long hair and night gown. He is kidnapped by BFG one night because he sees her looking at him in the middle of the night. BFG is illustrated as a giant with very big ears. He can hears even dream talking. His job is catching dreams and spread the beautiful dreams to children around the world. BFG collects more than 5.000 jars of dreams, and he knows what dreams they are. BFG is very cute. He often talks in weird choices of words, and the letters orders are not always right. We can’t blame him of course, as he said in the book, “I’ve never go to school, so no one ever told me how to speak right!”
I love how the unique combination of them solves the problem in this book. Sophie is a smart little girl, and BFG is very willing to learn. The wonderful appearance of the Queen of England here is amazing.
What I love most in this book is when BFG told Sophie that every person in the world have another flavors. Cambodia people smell like Cambodia’s flowers. Arabians tastes like oil. Salmon people tastes like salmon fishes. Wellington people tastes like Wellington boot. Amazing how Roald Dahl can think that!
Well, giant indeed eats human. You may think, why? We never hurt them. That is just like a little pig’s thought. It may say, “I’ve never hurt human, so why they want to eat me?” Human makes rule for their own kind. Giant do that as well, they merely do it for their own profit.
This book makes you think deeper, just like every Roald Dahl’s books. With wonderful ending, this book definitely one of my favorites among Roald Dahl’s books. (less)
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