Monday, August 10, 2009

BLOG TOUR: Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles

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.

Jumping Off Swings was this sort of quiet and powerful story full of emotion and a life changing year. I thought a real strength of the book was the alternating perspective. I found it fascinating to see Ellie's pregnancy through her eyes but also the eyes of the father of her child, Josh and their close friends, Corinne and Caleb. Seeing the events play out from all 4 of their perspectives really made the story well rounded.

I feel like I've been reading and watching shows dealing with pregnancy a lot lately and teen pregnancy in specific. But Jumping Off Swings definitely stands out for me as the most interesting story. I really like the way in which the author uses her words. It could have been very easy to be really frustrated with some of these characters or just flat out thought a few of the secondary characters were giant idiots but no, the author makes them all rather sympathetic. I liked the way in which we got to know or hear about their parents or their siblings, their own separate life that comes into play when interacting with the other 3 main characters. Rich backgrounds for characters really help enhance a story for me, they make everything much more meaningful.

Jumping Off Swings was released August 11th
Genre: Young Adult
4/5 Stars
ARC provided by publisher for blog tour


  1. Nice review, I definitely want to read this book.

  2. I didn't know what this book was even about, but it sounds interesting. Definitely going to have to check it out. Thanks for the review!

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I've been wanting to read this book so badly!


  4. Anonymous9:30 AM

    I'm glad the author made them sympathetic rather than bashable. I hate when characters are just /stupid/ when it comes to sex. *shakes head*

    Perhaps I'll add this to my TBR pile.

  5. I can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the review!

  6. I like that the characters are sympathetic and that the story is told from different perspectives. I'll keep it in mind.

  7. Anonymous4:04 PM

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  8. Very nice review. :)

    Here's an award for your lovely site:

  9. You caught my attention, I want to read this book now!

  10. Sounds good! Will keep a watch for this one!

  11. I liked the alternating perspectives too, but I had a hard time relating to Ellie. I never really figured out why she made the choices that she did. Y says that she is a slut and I tend to agree. Yes, I am that judgmental. *sighs*

  12. I've seen this one around on blogs, but the cover and title didn't intrigue me the way your review did. Thanks for posting it!


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