Jumped

Book review by
Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Chilling book about girl-on-girl violence will leave mark.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational value

Readers may appreciate comparing this book to their own high school experience, and also talking about what they would have done in Leticia's situation.

Positive messages

Careful readers will understand that this book not only looks at the rise of girl violence in high schools (and how much more "personal" it often is) -- but more importantly it's about the importance of getting involved before events get out of hand.

Positive role models & representations

The main characters are not meant to be role models, but high school readers may relate to some of their feelings about school life -- both its chaos and its strict rules can leave students feeling out of control. 

Violence

There is a menacing atmosphere: a police officer greets students at the front door and a teacher starts stuttering when Dominque confronts him about her grade. The book culminates in a student being beaten into a coma.

Sex

There is mild flirting and discussion of two girls who are presumed to be gay. One girl admits, "I was mad and had to do something and mad sex is some good s--t, yo."

Language

Some swearing like "s--t," "ass" and "bitch." One girl uses a slur to describe two girls who may be lesbians. Some other vulgar language describing bodies, etc.

Consumerism

A few mentions of brand names like Juicy and M.A.C.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this National Book Award finalist is about a girl-on-girl fight that's so severe that one girl ends up in a coma. Careful readers will understand that this book not only examines how much more "personal" girl violence is -- but more importantly, it also reveals the importance of getting involved before events get out of hand. The most chilling character is the one who knows about the planned attack but does nothing -- and doesn't really seem to care after an innocent girl is left in a coma. There is some frank language and one girl admits, "I was mad and had to do something and mad sex is some good s--t, yo."

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Teen, 17 years old Written byMISTY.F. November 23, 2011

CHILDREN IN THE SHADOWS OF VIOLENCE!!!!

i think this book is trying to teach kids that if they are having a confrontation with another kid in school or anywhere that they shouldn't go straight to...
Teen, 13 years old Written bydnoristz October 31, 2010

Easier to understand and enjoy for teenage children.

This story, though it may portray bad plot involving violence, greatly explains the true sides of school bullying. Being a reader of this book at age 14 and be...

What's the story?

This book is told from the perspective of three urban teens: Artistic, annoying Trina, self-absorbed, self-described "Big Girl" Leticia, and angry basketball-obsessed Dominque. During the course of one day, Trina inadvertently disrespects Dominique, who tells her friends she will beat her up at the end of the school day. Leticia overhears this plan, but decides not to warn Trina about what's coming. And then the attack happens.

Is it any good?

Overall, this is a very authentic book that captures the menacing atmosphere of so many high schools. The book's message is subtle here, and some readers may need a parent or teacher's help to get it: At the end, Dominique remains unremorseful about putting Trina in a coma -- but really it's Leticia, who knew of the planned attack and did nothing, that is really at the heart of this book. Her lack of action  -- and lack of real caring even in the aftermath -- provide the book's most chilling moments. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the high school depiction here. Students have to walk by a police officer to go to school and a teacher is so afraid when confronted by a student that he starts stuttering.  How does the school compare to yours? Does this one seem realistic?

  • This book is a National Book Award finalist. Why do you think it was honored this way? Does it deserve an award?

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