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Jumping Off Swings

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fast-moving coming-of-age tale with sex and consequences.

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Jo Knowles makes a common story more interesting by presenting it from four different perspectives: Ellie's, Josh's, Josh's friend Caleb's, and Ellie's best friend Corinne's. That gives layers, texture, and depth to what would have been a basic sex-and-teens novel. The characters all possess a vulnerability that rings true, and that readers will relate to.

The novel moves swiftly, making it a good choice for reluctant readers. And because there are consequences for actions, it's a great book to start discussions with teens about sex and relationships.

Book Details

  • Author: Jo Knowles
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: August 11, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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