Book: Jake and Lily
Author: Jerry Spinelli
Rating: two stars (out of four)
Release date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: ALA 2012
I’ve been a Spinelli fan for a while now. He’s delivered some FANTASTIC gems. Stargirl, Maniac Magee, and Milkweed, to name a few. So anytime I see a new book by him, I’m definitely going to pick it up. This came from ALA and was told in dual girl/boy perspectives. I love these kinds of stories because you get to see inside each person’s head. But I wasn’t a big fan of this story for some reason.
The story fell a little flat and I had trouble forming a connection with Jake and Lily. I wanted to like the story and I thought it had a good message about growing up and growing apart, I just didn’t really appeal to me. It just wasn’t a good fit. It had this strange ethereal quality while still being firmly grounded in contemporary fiction and I’m not sure how well that worked for me because I wasn’t engaged in the story as much as I would have liked.