Jumped in

Jumped in

Book - 2013
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In the two years since his mother left him with his grandparents in Des Moines, Washington, Sam has avoided making friends and perfected the art of being a slacker, but being paired with a frightening new student for a slam poetry unit transforms his life.
Published: New York :, Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805095142
Branch Call Number: YA FLO
Characteristics: 291 pages ;,22 cm


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Nov 17, 2014

Jumped In totally caught me off guard. Made me laugh and made me cry. Sam's a very realistic main character, I believe. He's afraid, and unsure of himself. He has trouble dealing with reality, which makes it impossible for him to do more with his life. He is very set in the past, which is why he acts the way he does. He's a smart kid, but he's lost. His emotional journey throughout this novel is breathtaking. It's one that I'm very glad I was able to witness because what Sam goes through is something to which everyone can relate. This is really a novel about growing up, and finding yourself through the blender into which life throws you. The minor characters tied in wonderfully, and each fulfilled their purpose in helping Sam complete his journey. This book was not what I was expecting, and I loved it. Even though I’ve never been a fan of poetry (which you will find a lot in this book) I still liked this book. This is a truly powerful story that had me bound. Jumped In teaches its readers a lesson that is invaluable, especially in the world in which we are a part of today. The book moves at an excellent pace. It's an easy book to read, and it's even easier to enjoy--it helps that there are constant references to the greatest grunge band of all time, Nirvana. I would definitely recommend this book to those who like their contemporaries a little edgy, and very heartfelt.

Feb 09, 2014

This was a good book as a debut novel for this author. Not only did he have to write the story, but include poetry. I was surprised at the ending. I hope to read more by this author.


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