Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jumping Off Swings By Jo Knowles

Written by Ari at 4:26 PM
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Jumping Off Swings By Jo Knowles
Synopsis: 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.
This novel was extremely touching. I found it much more compelling then most other teen pregnancy stories. It showed a true spirit that is masked away. Jo Knowles focuses on showign the true world of teenage pregnancy. How it is caused, why it happens, and how everyone reacts. She shows that one girl. Ellie. Just wants to be loved. When she finds out shes pregnant no one reacts well. Especially her mother who focuses on life being perfect and wonderful. Every chapter is a rotation between four different teenagers showing how they all see what is happening in their world. Ellie takes refuge with her friends mother, an understand woman who tries constantly to help Ellie. She acts like the mother that shunned Ellie. Although this novel shows teenage pregnancy cuts you off from loved ones it also brings you new loved ones. This was truly a heart warming/tugging story that I sorta wished I hadnt read because it was so sad. Yet I am also glad I did read it. Jo Knowles is a genius and I truly loved this novel.
Ari

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