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The Compulsive Reader: Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia

Friday, January 31, 2014

Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia

Trina is self-absorbed and excited about the unveiling of a mural she’s painted for an art project. Dominique is an unpredictable bundle of anger and energy, still seething from being benched from the basketball team. Leticia is always on the lookout for the latest gossip. And overhearing that Dominique wants to beat up Trina after school? That’s the best sort of dirt. Set over the course of one school day, Jumped follows three very different girls to an inevitable collision.

This tense, fast-paced novel bounces between the close narratives of each girl, effectively getting inside of their heads and painting the setting of a school where everyone is just trying to survive the best they can. Trina, Dominique, and Leticia each have very unique voices and Williams-Garcia deftly reveals each girl’s thoughts, motivations, and emotions in surprisingly few scenes. She lets their entwined stories unfold without passing judgment on the characters’ ethical dilemmas, decisions, actions (or, inactions), and the result is one shared story that is impossible to walk away from. Full of irony, tragedy, and truth in equal amounts, Jumped is a book that will provoke many thoughts and reactions without once manipulating the reader.

Cover Comments: I think what I like best about this cover is the empty hallway with the girl at the very end. It's very haunting, both before you read the book and even more so after the story has ended.

Book purchased at the VCFA bookstore.

1 comment:

LinWash said...

Rita is an awesome author at creating tension while staying within character. Glad you enjoyed Jumped.