Jumping Off Swings

Jumping Off Swings

Book - 2009
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Tells, from four points of view, the ramifications of a pregnancy resulting from a "one-time thing" between Ellie, who feels loved when boys touch her, and Josh, an eager virgin with a troubled home life.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c2009
ISBN: 9780763652968
9780763639495
Branch Call Number: KNOWLES
Characteristics: 230 p. ; 21 cm

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hollyheartsYA
Jul 11, 2012

This is a book that every teenager should read, girl or boy. Maybe even their parents as well. A totally relatable, brutally honest portrayal of teen pregnancy and those it can affect, this story definitely had me crying at the end, but there is always a prevalent theme of hope throughout. A pregnant teen, her best friend, the boy who's had a crush on her since forever (though now starting to develop feelings for the best friend) and the boy who got her pregnant. Each have their own story to tell and they all get equal face time in alternating chapters from their point of view. It's not confusing and it's refreshing to hear all their inner thoughts. In short, this novel is just about teens, the choices they make, and the consequences of those choices for them, their families, and friends.

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Summer_C
Mar 16, 2012

I did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped... it was okay though. It was sad and tear jerking but did not meet all my expectations.

bramsey0812 Mar 10, 2012

This book is very good for middle school & high school student ! I really like this book , but I wish that the author have little more drama in it . & the ending to be a little more difference . But i still read it again ! If you like teenager drama this the book for you !

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lishyfishy
Jan 07, 2012

this book was really depressing. all of the characters came from pretty disfunctional familys, and was just a downer the entire way through. I couldn't wait to get it over with.

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sunflowerrr
Jan 04, 2012

I really liked this book! It was really good!

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renheart115
Aug 10, 2011

it was an okay read. I felt like we needed more of ellie and josh's relationship. it was more focused on corrine and caleb's relationship, and though it wasn't that bad...it wasn't the best either. But it kept me interested enough to keep reading.

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slyons
May 25, 2010

This was such a good book. I read it in one sitting. Great story.

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liveblue
Apr 18, 2010

This book actually got me close to tears. Throughout the book the main character is struggling with the decisions involved in and un-planned pregnancy. You can't help but suffer along with her as she copes with her nine months. The obvious three choices she has and which are best for her and her baby. It's a good look inside her head and the perspectives of the people aroung her. It was a great read and if you're willing to put in the tissues, give it a read. =)

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liveblue
May 04, 2010

liveblue thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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liveblue
Apr 18, 2010

Ellie is a confused girl. She struggles with her emotions as she is influenced by the boys at her school. She wants to believe that they love her and truly love her, but once they get what they want and leave, she can't help but make herself vulnerable to the next guy in line. But when Josh is next he doesn't want to be the same loser that hurts Ellie. He plans to try and get to know her better, but when Josh discovers Ellie is pregnant with his baby he can't help but get cold feet. Will Josh be able to show Ellie his worth in time. Before she makes a life altering decision for the baby?

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