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Just Jake

(Just Jake #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  251 ratings  ·  59 reviews
JUST JAKE  introduces readers to sixth-grader Jake, whose life is turned upside down when his family moves from Florida to Maryland, where Jake must adapt to a new school. Jake has always ranked the kids at school in his hand-made, humorous Kid Cards,” and when he arrives at his new school, Jake starts building a new collection, befriending as many people as he can while ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Grosset & Dunlap
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Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Okay, I was impressed. (This is more of a 3/5 than 4/5, but I'm giving one extra star for his age.)
First of all, I was seriously disillusioned already by the mediocre books by kid/teen writers currently on the market. I had expected something of Nancy Yi Fan's Swordbird calibre, which is a 2/5 without the extra age star.
But this...this is pretty good. Extraordinary for a twelve-year-old. The voice is refreshing and funny. The writing style is stunning.
The plot, of course, is super-cliche. No su
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Jake has just moved with his family from Florida to Massachusetts and isn't happy about it. In Florida he was the cool kid with tons of AWESOMENESS. However, his awesomeness doesn't seem to have followed him north. He has problems making friends and his cool factor is near the bottom. His one saving grace is the kid cards he makes. They are trading cards of all the kids both in his old school and his new one. I didn't realize this book was written by an actual 12-year-old until the end. It actua ...more
Christine Rains
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Jake has a happy life in Florida, but when he moves to Maryland and starts in a new school, he wonders if he is truly awesome.

A fun story I read with my seven and a half year old son. He really likes Jake's "kid cards." It's a neat hook for the story that is otherwise just all right.
Johnny Kraynak
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I think this book a pretty good and we probably read it again. I think it's good because it shows someone's life when they have all these friends then move to whole new star. Also it a kinda fast pace book.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
I thought this was a horrible book. It’s meant to be comedic, but I barely laughed during this. I thought the plot was good; but it was boring and I was tempted to not finish. But for a debut, it’s impressive. Especially by a 13-year-old.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-jake
The book was good.
Nathar Ufo
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Kid was narcissistic, wondered how he made friends with that guy, Wild Kid. Did not expect the whole "secret karate expert" thing.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Good recommendation for boys who are fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Teaghan  Warren
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
My friend gave me this book to borrow and she likes mostly humorous books.Humorous books are not my favourite.She loved this I didn't
Renee MA
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter
Fun debut from 12-year-old author.
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: my brother
Shelves: finshed
a good book because it's funny and has a lot of detail in it. plus I got to meet the author in my school at BRES stands for Boothbay region elementary school he was funny and a talented kid.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great start to a new series by a young author. It is a wonderful fresh alternative to the Diary of a Wimpy Kids series. Both boys and girls alike will enjoy this tale of elementary to middle school turmoil and transition.
Melissa Rosas
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Just Jake is a very fun, unique take on a sixth grader named Jake who is the new kid in Maryland. He is a very confident kid and measures himself in "awesomeness". At his old school he made up kid cards which categorized the kids in his school with hilarious phrases and descriptions. He was sort of a big shot at his old school and now, unfortunately at his new school he is at the bottom of the popularity scale. So, to build his awesomeness back up he becomes friends with as many people as possib ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Jake is not happy to move from Florida to Maryland because of his father's job change, but he feels that his new school will go well because he is such an AWESOME kid and he had lots of friends at his old school. He does have an annoying older sister, Alexis, who doesn't help the settling in process when she yells at neighborhood kids who are commenting on the family's possessions as they are moved in to the new house. Things go even more poorly at school, where Jake goes to a 2nd grade classroo ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Be sure that you check out the website for this book; it's pretty amazing (especially for a 13-yr-old) Somehow Jake made some pretty powerful connections. I first heard about this book by seeing Jake interviewed on TV (thinking, well, he's pretty full of himself) I remembered that as I started to read the book, but it really grew on me. Reading it from the lens of my middle and intermediate students, I think it will be very popular (I just wish the cover were more durable) My opinion also rocket ...more
Stacy Sabala
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Book Review- Just Jake # 1 by Jake Marcionette

Jake is less than thrilled to be moving from Florida to Maryland resulting from his father's job change. However he feels that he will be fine in his new school because he is such an AWESOME kid. He had lots of friends at his old school. So there shouldn’t be a problem.
Unfortunately he does have an annoying older sister, Alexis, who doesn't help. She yells at the neighborhood kids when they make comments on the family's possessions as they are moved
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jake and his family have just been relocated from Florida to Maryland and to make matters worse Jake finds out that instead of heading to middle school his sixth grade experience will be in elementary school. So NOT Awesome!! But Jake isn't just a normal kid, he has a secret superpower... Awesomeness! So, armed with his rules for awesomeness he is setting out to go from the bottom of the social ladder back up to the top. But, thanks to an annoyingly mean older sister, school bullies and adults w ...more
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the book 'Just Jake,' Jake and his family have to move from Florida to Maryland because of Jake's dad's new job. When they finally get to Maryland Jake has to go to a new school in the middle of the school year and try and make new friends. He goes from being very popular to the bottom of the totem pole in popularity. During his first few months at the new school, Jake tries many thing to try and spike up his popularity, and after having a run in with a boy that the other kids call the wild b ...more
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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There was a 6th grade boy named Jake who is in a school where he was a very popular kid there, he made something called kid cards which are cards that he draws his friends and tell about there positives and negatives, Jake's awesomeness was well popular in that school. Jake has a sister called Alexis who is in 8th grade, Alexis is not like any other kid, she is really tough and mean (maybe the toughest sister) She is a expert in lacrosse where on the other hand, Jake is bad at lacrosse. During t ...more
This book was way too fun! It felt authentically middle school to me. The main character's overcompensating cocky attitude reminded me of my own middle school journal. Jake's struggle to be liked at his new school and his relationship with his sister were very realistic. Jack is not always the best role-model, which might turn some parents off, but Jake's judgmental behavior is true to students of his age and is often addressed in the story.

I enjoyed this book more than many of the recent juven
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big fan of this genre, so this book didn't appeal to me at the beginning. I did however, enjoy the book. Eventhough the plot itself is your typical "new kid" stuff. Bullies, an unexpected friend, not fitting in. But there are also some ideas that were quite intersting. Take the "kid cards" as an example. Never in a million years would I have thought of making cards on the students at school, so the idea of those was quite appealing. The end and beginning of the story were not. The begi ...more
Beth Nieman
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow--the author was only 12 years old when he wrote this book! I think kids would love to read this knowing it was written by one of their own. It tells the story of Jake and his family moving from Florida to Maryland, where Jake wants to make friends and stay in control of his "awesomeness" rating, but he's worried about an intimidating kid at his new school whom everyone is scared of. As he claws his way up the popularity ladder, he finds some unlikely allies.

Marcionette is a big fan of Jeff K
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I seriously cannot believe this was written by a seventh grader! I enjoyed this way, way more than many juvenile fiction books I have read recently. It's written a little bit like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but the main character is more smug and less dorky than Greg Heffley. I absolutely love the idea of the Kid Cards and adore that he admires his library/tech teacher so much! The relationship he has with his older sister is so realistic and hilarious, too.

It's not a perfect book but I laughed out l
Michelle Ault
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jake, a sixth grader, documents his move from Florida to Maryland in this novel written based on the author’s own experience. Jake was super confident and popular in Florida, but as the anticipation of moving builds, he hides his fears of going into the unknown. Jake knows it will be hard for him to find friends when moving during the middle of the school year. In his new school in Maryland, most of the students and teachers don’t acknowledge him and he doesn’t put much effort into making new f ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun, late-elementary to middle-school read. A step up for the kids who have enjoyed the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series or anyone looking for a laugh-out-loud character. I especially loved that this book was written by Jake Marcinotte when he was 12 years old. (Currently he is in 8th grade.) The illustrations are spot-on and it's the (mostly true) story of his family's move from Florida where he was AWESOME to Maryland where he was low man on campus. Sibling rivalry, parent's well-meaning encouragem ...more
Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it
This book grabbed my attention when I read it was written by a 13 year old boy! It's a super fun read! Jake and his family are relocating to the North after living in Florida. Not only is it cold in the North, but Jake has to start all over at school. He was so popular at his school in Florida, he is hoping to take his awesomeness to the new school and reinstate his popularity. It's hard work he finds, but keeps at it!
A fun and fast read! The book is laid out like a journal with pictures and dr
Nikita the bookworm
DNF @ 50%

This is what happened in the pages I read:
-Jake complained about: his sadistic, evil big sister and moving to Maryland
-Introduced us to his kid cards
-Tells us about his AWESOMENESS (it gets annoying after seeing the word a billion times )

The story was incredibly juvenile and boring, so I just didn't see any reason to go on. I know this is written by a 12 year old and that shows. It doesn't make the book impressive to me because 12 year olds can write much better.

This may appeal to youn
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I bought this for my classroom, since diary books seem to be in right now. I ended up reading it and I loved it! It reminds me of a mix of "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid". I thought the book was really good when I first started reading, but when I found out the author is 12 -- I loved it even more. I'm so excited to show this to my students; I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more Jake books!
Jake M
Jan 13, 2016 added it
When I read this book it about a boy named Jake, I realized that it was about a 12 year old boy Jake. Jake is very similar go me. He is 12 and im 12. His name is Jake my name is Jake. But we don‘t have the same last name. Lets get back to the chase. He is a 12 year old that doesn‘t like school and doesn‘t want to, but he still does because of his perents. He has an older sister that always oicks on him and alwyas beeats him up.
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