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by Ginger Rue

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High school junior Brinkley Harper is beautiful, wealthy, admired, and powerful--until the day she wakes up in the body of a classmate she wouldn’t be caught dead hanging out with.
Goth girl Miranda is everything Brinkley isn’t: she won't leave the house in anything but black, her family life is in tatters, she’s practically invisible at


High school junior Brinkley Harper is beautiful, wealthy, admired, and powerful--until the day she wakes up in the body of a classmate she wouldn’t be caught dead hanging out with.
Goth girl Miranda is everything Brinkley isn’t: she won't leave the house in anything but black, her family life is in tatters, she’s practically invisible at school, and she’s hiding a dark secret. As Brinkley experiences Miranda’s life from the inside out, she’s forced to consider the world from a very different point-of-view. But this won’t be Brinkley's last “jump,” and each time she lives a day in another classmate’s body, Brinkley not only begins to feel empathy for others, she also begins to glimpse the fears, vulnerabilities, and disappointments behind her own perfect façade. By experiencing the world as somebody else, Brinkley may finally learn to understand herself.
A contemporary fantasy featuring a gutsy heroine and fast-paced action, Jump explores the transformation of a girl who never knew she needed one.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Callous and ruthless Brinkley Harper has almost everything a girl could want: rich parents, beauty, popularity, and a boyfriend who makes “nice arm candy.” But her mean-girl antics have caused four girls to transfer schools, and Brinkley is forced to get therapy or be expelled; she doesn’t count on being assigned a therapist who gives Brinkley a supernatural dose of her own medicine. In a whimsical tale of transformation, Rue (Brand New Emily) explores what happens when Brink­ley’s spirit enters the bodies of some less pampered peers, like a goth with an abusive stepfather, or a mercilessly teased overweight girl, or a Korean exchange student. It doesn’t take long for Brinkley to understand the error of her ways, and Rue tends to hit readers over the head (“Brinkley had never before realized that she attached her allure to something beyond her long thin legs, tiny waist, and pretty face.... It was like she’d been fed a steady diet of lies since she was old enough to read princess stories”) as Brink­ley’s inevitable and too tidy change of heart unfolds. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
Review, Booklist, September 1, 2010:
"...humorous and engaging..."

Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2010:
"Brinkley’s journey of personal transformation will linger with readers endeavoring to define themselves."

Review, Parkersburg News & Sentinel, October 25, 2010:
"Part "Quantum Leap" and part "Mean Girls" this is a book to get teen girls thinking about cliques."

Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
Queen of the school and true friend to no one, Brinkley Harper has made more than one classmate cry and at least four girls actually move away. With parents who have plenty of money and movie star good looks, she has everything a girl could want, but when she wakes up in another girl's body she gets a glimpse of a world that she never could have imagined. This is only the first in a series of body takeovers that allow Brinkley to experience life as some of the "least desirable members of her class," and to see herself and her group of friends through the eyes of those they casually torment and tease without giving it a second thought. Though at times, this socialite's role is a bit obvious and, of course, there is the eye opening lesson behind it all. Ginger Rue once again creates a character that the reader can't help but root for. At a time when bullying is a frequent topic of discussion in the news media, Jump offers a valuable perspective on the issue. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
School Library Journal
Gr 8–11—Moneyed, beautiful, and shallow Brinkley Harper reigns as the queen of Story High School. She is alternately dismissive and cruel as she navigates the daily social scene. Having caused the exit of four students due to her bullying, she must now meet regularly with a therapist or risk expulsion. In a twist on the Freaky Friday theme of switched identities, Brinkley inhabits the bodies of her victims, which allows her to develop empathy, a trait that her therapist deems missing after diagnosing her as a narcissist. The cast of characters is painfully stereotypical; the overweight girl, the goth girl, the science nerd, the catty BFF, and the dumb gorgeous boyfriend. Brinkley's acceptance of former nonentities is, unfortunately, still tied to her skewed sense of worth. The overweight girl is not totally lost because she has a keen fashion sense! The science nerd has hot abs! Miranda, the goth girl, comes closest to being a fully realized character. Ongoing therapy reveals to Brinkley that her hateful behavior stems from trust issues caused by her negligent, absentee parents. It's probably wishful thinking that a few hours spent in someone else's skin could heal such a deep wound, but Rue has Brinkley handing off her crown to her old BFF and happily signing up for membership in the "loser's club." The territory covered in Jump is too familiar to be truly compelling and the suspension of disbelief required doesn't quite jibe with the seriousness of the protagonist's emotional pain.—Karen Elliott, Grafton High School, WI
Kirkus Reviews

Brinkley Harper is the ruling It girl at her high school, combining wealth, beauty and popularity. However, the mandated counseling sessions Brinkley must attend in order to avoid being expelled for bullying reveal a crack in her perfect façade. This intriguing tale explores the adage that to really know someone you must walk a mile in their shoes. In Brinkley's case, she briefly inhabits other student's bodies in order to better understand them. Rue keeps things plausible by delving into the logistics of "jumping," or teleporting, using a blend of quantum physics and mysticism to explain the scenario. Although high-school stereotypes prevail as Brinkley alternately explores life as a goth girl, an overweight, lovelornband groupie and the quintessential nice girl, the author manages to imbue the story with refreshing twists.Brinkley's other-body experiences neatly overlap with the topics her counselor discusses during therapy, allowing Brinkley and readers to make the connections between concepts such as compassion, empathy and trust and real life. While the outcome is never in doubt, Brinkley's journey of personal transformation will linger withreaders endeavoring to define themselves. (Fiction. 12 & up)

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     When Brinkley awoke, Cocoa wasn't there. Perhaps I've overslept, she thought, and Tallulah has already come and let him out. Brinkley noticed that the surface under her head was hard and cold, and the sound rousing her from sleep wasn't her cell alarm.  It was...giggling?
     She opened one eye and saw a face she'd seen before but couldn't place. It was some guy...some nobody...from school.  What was he doing in her house?  Immediately, she sat up, ready to demand that he get out of her room.  But when she looked around, she wasn't in her room.
     She was in a classroom at Story.
     "Miranda, did you get your beauty sleep?" the teacher asked. The class giggled again. Brinkley stared, mouth open. Why was the teacher looking at her?

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Meet the Author

GINGER RUE has written for Girls' Life, Teen Vogue, and Seventeen magazines, and was the advice columnist for Sweet 16. Her first novel, Brand New Emily, was published by Tricycle Press in 2009. She lives in Northpoint, Alabama.

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Brinkley Harper is the queen of Story High. Everyone knows her and many fear her. Because of her reputation as a bully, Brinkley has been ordered to see a therapist. If she doesn't keep her appointments, she faces possible expulsion, which her parents are concerned will severely limit her college choices. Brinkley reluctantly meets with the counselor, but she doesn't have any plans to cooperate. Returning home from her appointment, Brinkley is greeted by Tallulah, the family's housekeeper. Brinkley's parents may indulge her every whim, but they are usually too busy with their careers and social engagements to spend any real time with their daughter. Tallulah takes care of Brinkley and shows extreme patience with the teen's abusive behavior. On this particular night, Brinkley is upset by her parents' latest last-minute vacation disappearance, so she heads to bed. The next thing she knows, she is waking up, not in her own comfortable bed, but in a classroom at Story High. Confused and unsettled, she rushes to the nearest restroom, and what she sees as she looks in the mirror baffles her even more. Instead of her stunningly beautiful face, she is looking at the face of a hideous Goth girl named Miranda. What is going on? Brinkley realizes she has somehow taken over the body of one of the people she would be least likely to associate with at school. Everyone she encounters believes she is this Miranda, so she stumbles through her day trying to do whatever the girl would do. When school ends, Brinkley/Miranda heads home to Miranda's house, only to discover that the poor girl lives with a rather terrifying and abusive father. Brinkley also learns of Miranda's secret habit of self-injury, which causes her to view the girl in a whole new light. Brinkley finds out that sleep releases her from Miranda's body, and she once again has her own life back. But she soon discovers that this is just the beginning. Will seeing life through the eyes of those around her change how Brinkley herself views the world? Author Ginger Rue takes readers on a wild ride as Brinkley jumps from character to character. Though far-fetched in terms of reality, Brinkley's experiences will have readers doing a bit of self-examination. How do we really treat others, and how is that treatment perceived? JUMP is fun and entertaining but thought-provoking, as well.
Burg More than 1 year ago
Looking back at high school experiences and memories is more enjoyable for some people than it is for others. I've got quite a few friends who insist that we reminisce every time we see each other, even if it's on a regular basis. As the years go by though I would hope that whether you were popular and constantly surrounded by friends, or were more of a loner and kept to yourself, that maturity kicks in and helps you realize a thing or two. Ginger Rue introduces us to Brinkley, an uber-popular, beautiful and very mean high school girl. She's given an ultimatum, go to therapy with a school counselor and change your ways or be expelled from high school for your bad behavior. Rue takes readers on the journey or self-transformation (even if it is forced) and learning the error of your ways. Now as much as I'd like to think that anyone who has ever uttered an unkind word to me sees their error and changes later on in life, we all know that isn't realistic. Some people just are who they are and there's nothing that's going to change that. But every once in a while I still want to like a character like Brinkley as I see her morph from this terrible person into a very different and kind individual. I didn't hate Brinkley, but it took me a while to warm up to her. As she jumps from body to body of fellow students she considered less than worthy of her attention before her forced therapy sessions, lessons are learned. You saw that coming didn't you? So yes, this story was slightly predictable but overall it was fun to watch unfold. Good triumphs and the resident mean girl gets a strong dose of reality and learns that her ways need to change dramatically. If only all high school bullies were forced into this kind of therapy and counseling sessions!