Seventh-grader Jake is grappling with living in two worlds. His parents are divorced, and his dad is secular Jewish, while his mom and stepdad are Orthodox. Jake is torn, often feeling that he must hide his “other” identity depending on which parent he’s with. He even goes by the name Yaakov with his mom and Jacob with his dad.
When Jake starts attending a new middle school, he grows comfortable being himself around new friends, all of whom have their own challenges. They invite him to summer camp, and he is eager to go — even if it means concocting a plan to fool his parents. But when things spiral out of control, Jake must learn to drop the charade he puts on for his parents and emerge as himself.
As a TV show fan, Jake often references television when describing his thoughts and experiences. He reveals that he feels more like a character who must stick to the script than a person living in reality. Readers will empathize with Jake as he struggles between two very different parts of his family and ultimately discovers who the “real” Jake is.
The Jake Show is a delightful read that charts one boy’s emotional growth with a delicate balance of humor and heart.