Sleepwalking Twins: A Review of JAKE AND LILY by Jerry Spinelli

Jake and Lily 
Jake and Lily
Jerry Spinelli
352 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: May 18th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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 sleepwalk to a train station in the middle of the night.

But the year they turn eleven, everything changes. Their parents announce it’s time for separate bedrooms, and Jake starts hanging out with a pack of boys on the block. Lily is devastated—not to mention really, really mad. And as she struggles to make friends and get a life apart from her twin, Jake finds himself dealing with a neighborhood bully and has to decide what kind of person he really is.

   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 Jake. Will the twins ever be the same? Or together again?

   Jerry Spinelli has done it again! In his funny new novel, Mr. Spinelli gives you a story written from both Jake and Lily’s point of view. Judging from the synopsis on the back, I immediately thought I would love Jake not Lily. As a matter of fact, I kept on thinking, come on Lily get a life, but towards the middle my feelings changed. I began to like Lily and loathe Jake. But I have to admit it was funny, and in some parts I kind of felt bad for Lily.

    I’d give this book five stars, along with the cover (although it could’ve been a little bit jazzed up). This isn’t the first book I’ve read by Spinelli, and I’ve got to say, he’s one of my many favorite authors. I assure you, his books are really funny. So I’m pretty sure I’m going to read more from him. Be sure to pick this one up! It’s already in stores :)

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    Dizneeee (Lisa)

    May 24, 2012

    Yay! Great review, Asma! I love Spinelli books! Our students love reading his work, too.

    I haven't read this book yet, but I think the cover is adorable. It's very “Jerry Spinelli”! It reminds me a lot of Andrew Clements's covers, too!

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    May 24, 2012

    Nice review! I've never read any books by Jerry Spinelli (except maybe Stargirl – but I honestly can't remember if I've read it or not!).

    This book sounds great though and I also love the cover. It almost looks like something from Pixar!

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    Mimi Valentine

    May 24, 2012

    Oh my goodness, Asma, you make me want want WANT this book so badly! The only Jerry Spinelli books I've read were from his Stargirl duo, but I absolutely LOVED those books and I'm pretty sure I'll adore this one too. And it's not just because I have a weakness for twins LOL — it's because you said that this was funny too, which is always a selling point for me! :)

    Amazing review, Asma! I'm glad to find another JS fan! *high fives* ;) <3

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    Carrie at In the Hammock Blog

    May 26, 2012

    this looks too fun!!

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    Bookaholic 007

    June 21, 2012

    This looks like a really awesome book! I love twin stories! :) I LOVE JS's novels! :)

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    October 9, 2012

    I haven't heard of this book yet!! I feel so out of the loop. I really love the authors writing style so I'll definitely have to check it out.

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    October 31, 2012

    I love Jerry Spinelli books. Everything I have read of his is amazing. I will have to read this next.

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    December 1, 2012

    Maniac McGee is the only Jerry Spinelli book I’ve read. I’d sure be up for another. Great review!