Friday, April 17, 2009


Williams-Garcia, Rita. 2009. Jumped. HarperCollins. 168 pages

Zero Period. You got that right. Fail one math test and you're up before the first chirp of day. Up before street-lights turn off and sun rays shoot through the blinds. Fail one math test and you're stepping over a snow-covered homeless lump to get to the stop, shiver, and wait for the city bus to pull up to your boots. (1)

Wow. Rita Wialliams-Garcia not only had me at hello--hooked from the very first chapter--she kept amazing me time and time again. What a book this is!

Jumped is the story of three girls. Three teens who are so very different from one another. But who--on one fateful day--just happen to intersect.

Leticia. Trina. Dominique. One bully. One victim. One witness. (Note, I didn't say who was who!) The book is narrated by all three, they take turns revealing the events of one day in high school. And oh what a world of difference there is in the perspectives! It brings to mind so many questions. As each girl shares her perspective, the reader gets an inside glimpse into her life. A glimpse that reveals the inner struggles and emotional waves that each tries to hide from others--in a way.

This novel made me think, really think, and that's a good thing. I'd definitely recommend this book. It treats the subject of girl violence in a very compelling--always gripping--and authentic way.

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Betty 12:18 PM  

I just read the book Queen Bees and Wannabes. A compelling nonfiction account of Girl World. This book sounds like a very provacative read, as well. Thanks for sharing.

avisannschild 12:27 PM  

This sounds like an intriguing read. Thanks for the review!

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Obsessed Reader 12:51 PM  

This sounds really good. I just added it to my TBR list. I have always loved books that show the same event from different perspectives. Thanks for the review!

Anonymous,  3:42 PM  

I'm excited about this one - definitely on my TBR pile. I think the teens in my library will be all over this.

Debi 3:46 PM  

Wow, Becky. This sounds like an intense read! Definitely adding this one to the wish list...thanks!

Becky 3:56 PM  

Thanks for stopping by everyone, for those that havent' read it, you should :) It's intense but good. And I think it's a timely read as well.

Kris 3:58 PM  

Thanks for the review! This book sounds like something I would really like.

susan 2:48 AM  

I am fan of Ms. Williams-Garcia. I'm looking forward to this. Thanks for the review.

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