In the book Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli, Jake and Lily Wambold are twins, but not just any twins. They are connected, like two halves of the same person. They can feel what the other is feeling and communicate without words. They even sleepwalk to a train station in the middle of the night every year on their birthday. These twins are definitely connected, until the summer of their eleventh birthdays.
The problems begin when Jake starts hanging out with a new group of kids that are led by Lily’s worst enemy. He starts ignoring her, and she is devastated. While she is trying to find a new life without Jake, he is dealing with some issues of his own.
This story, told in two different perspectives, follows the lives of Jake and Lily as they struggle through these changes.
I found this book really heartfelt and entertaining. It talks about problems that many kids can relate to, so lots of readers could make connections to this book. Jake and Lily were genuine characters, each with their own individual personality.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good, moving story, whether they are young or old. Jerry Spinelli has never ceased to amaze me with his previous, touching novels, and this one is no different.