Jumping Off Swings
Candlewick Press, Summer 2009
ISBN-10: 0763639494; ISBN-13: 978-0763639495
From the publisher: 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.
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A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
"Absorbing from first page to last, this sensitively written novel explores how a teenager's crisis rocks her life as well as the lives of others. " --Publishers Weekly - Starred review
"A heartbreakingly honest, measured work of fiction about a teen's unintended pregnancy...there are no villains or heroes here, only kids groping their way through a desperate situation." --Kirkus
"...Knowles' novel unveils surprises to the very end about family, friends, love, and sex. The simple words are eloquent...and because there is no easy resolution, readers, whatever their personal choices and values, will be caught up in the contemporary drama of strength, shame, and heartbreak." --Booklist