September 23, 2012
Jake and Lily - by Jerry Spinelli
Spinelli's latest is a bit different than his usual books, a bit more... normal. I like his odd writing style in books such as Stargirl, Wringer, Loser, and Maniac Magee, but there's something nice about this book, as it's easy to read and just plain enjoyable. You'd almost think Sharon Creech wrote it, if you didn't see the cover! The "Spinelli Factor" comes in with a subplot about bullying, which is a very powerful lesson for both the characters, and the reader.
This is a nice story, but one that touches on some difficult questions about growing up, the friends you make, and the consequences of the choices we make.