Sunday, September 11, 2011

Jumping off Swings by Jo Knowles Review

jumpingoffswingsJumping off Swings by Jo Knowles  
Publisher: Candlewick Press 
Pub. Date: August 11, 2009
Pages: 230
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

One pregnancy. Four friends. It all adds up to a profound time of change in this poignant, sensitively written YA novel.

Ellie remembers how the boys kissed her. Touched her. How they begged for more. And when she gave it to them, she felt loved. For a while anyway. So when Josh, an eager virgin with a troubled home life, leads her from a party to the backseat of his van, Ellie follows. But their "one-time thing" is far from perfect: Ellie gets pregnant. Josh reacts with shame and heartbreak, while their confidantes, Caleb and Corinne, deal with their own complex swirl of emotions. No matter what Ellie chooses, all four teenagers will be forced to grow up a little faster as a result. Told alternately from each character’s point of view, this deeply insightful novel explores the aftershocks of the biggest decision of one fragile girl’s life — and the realities of leaving innocence behind.

My Thoughts:

This book is in my top 5 books of the year. I loved it so much that I read it in one sitting! When you get pregnant by chance, it affects everything in your life. Your friends, your relationships, your family, your life in general. It's just one of those books that's blunt. Teen pregnancy isn't glorified, it's not fun, it's not cool. It just happens and you have to make the best of a situation. This book is told from four different perspectives. You have Ellie, the girl who wants to believe in true love but in the end winds up pregnant, Josh, the virgin turned baby daddy after just one time, Caleb who is Josh's best friend, and Corinne who is Ellie's best friend. All four are affected by just one single act. All are driven differently by either anger, hurt, sadness, alienation, confusion. This book is one of those that had me thinking. This def made top 5 out of 2011! Knowles really blew my mind! Can't wait to see what this author writes next! I give this book 5 out of 5 paws!

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Do you think show’s like 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom have an effect on teen pregnancy today? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad you liked this book as I think it's one of the great ones. We're buying extra copies for our library and are encouraging our students to read it