Jump

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Lena Hunter is not under the influence of drugs, nor is she out of her mind when she aims a pistol at her grandmother's heart and seals her fate by pulling the trigger. She might very well have thought about her actions later and wished that she had done things differently, but the fact that the old woman is dead is her one true victory. Through eight mind-numbing years of imprisonment, it is the only thing that makes any sense to her, the only thing that makes it all ...
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Lena Hunter is not under the influence of drugs, nor is she out of her mind when she aims a pistol at her grandmother's heart and seals her fate by pulling the trigger. She might very well have thought about her actions later and wished that she had done things differently, but the fact that the old woman is dead is her one true victory. Through eight mind-numbing years of imprisonment, it is the only thing that makes any sense to her, the only thing that makes it all worthwhile.

Too many years of sharing the tragedy of abuse makes Lena and her sister Victoria closer than close, and together, they are strong enough to stand up to their grandmother when the time comes. Together, they have the strength to refuse their grandmother's one constant and sickening request, which is for them to be quiet "good girls." They find the courage to move on and carve out lives for themselves. Vicky is a successful nurse practitioner, and Lena is a computer geek and the mother of a perfect six-year-old little girl. Carrying the secret around on her own shoulders is one thing, but the prospect of the load being shifted onto her daughter's innocent shoulders is quite another. The mere thought of it is what sends Lena rushing over to her grandmother's house with a loaded pistol.

Written from Lena's point of view, Jump opens and ends with Lena having fired the gun. In between the two extremes, she offers up her story for dissection. She challenges those brave enough to step inside of her world to answer one burning question: "What would you have done?"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601624383
  • Publisher: Urban Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 1,008,670
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Boring

    Just too slow for my taste....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Great book

    I recommend this book is a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    This was a very good read...

    I enjoyed this book a lot. Terra did an amazing job telling the story of Lena and the struggles of the character and how she overcame her obstacles. This was a sad story but again it was well written and definitely worth the time to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Icemist

    Sits. "Blackwolf? Are we hunting?"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Hawkspring

    Pads in. The only hunting will be my di.ck searching gor your pu.ssys sweet spot.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Dedicated Reader

    This book is a must read. I finished it in 24 HOURS. This boook shows what a mother will do to protect her child from the evil in this world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2011

    Love lt !!!

    This book is a must read.I told my friends to buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!!

    I loved the book from the beginning all the way to the end. Excellent read. I will certainly read other books from this author!!! I couldn't put it down. It keeps you entertained.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    JP

    THIS BOOK IS VERY WELL WRITTEN----IT WAS AN OUTSTANDING READ I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

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    Powerful, Gritty, Uncompromising Realism

    In Terra Little's latest novel "Jump," we're introduced to Helena Hunter. In the opening of the book, Helena has just been released from prison after eight grueling years. In a matter of seconds Helena went from being a professional woman and doting mother with a bright future to an inmate who has lost everything. Prison life is a culture shock to say the least, and Helena has to do unthinkable things in order to survive. Helena finds herself largely cut off from society, and she discovers that inmates have to form their own support systems in order to endure the daily rigors of prison life. In time Helena develops a harsh exterior and takes things day by day.

    When Helena's release date finally arrives, Helena moves in with her sister, who has been raising her daughter in her absence. She discovers re-entering society is going to be more difficult than she ever imagined. With a felony on her record Helena can forget about any type of meaningful employment; she has to struggle just to get a menial job. Things are not looking good for Helena as she tries to adjust to life on the outside. Helena tries to reacquaint herself with her daughter, but she can't seem to rid herself of demons from her past.

    In "Jump" we witness first hand the horrors of prison, and we also see the unique set of circumstances that female felons face upon release. Ms. Little takes readers on a wild ride of the realities of daily prison life. Readers find themselves rooting for Helena's success, and as the book moves forward, readers come to understand Helena and what drove her to execute her crime. Does Helena ultimately succeed and forge a relationship with her daughter? Is she able to move forward with her life? With realistic characters, "Jump" is a thrilling ride. It showcases the defeat and ultimate triumph of the human spirit. I commend Terra Little on an excellent novel.


    Reviewed by: Anna

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

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    I loved this book!

    The author did a great job in taking the readers through the journey of the main character, Lena, from animal to a human being. This book had lots of depth, and made me think about what I would do, if put in her same situation. All I can say is that I don't blame Lena for doing what she did! Read it, as this book was AWESOME!

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

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    Raw Intelligence and Emotion

    JUMP is a fascinating and brilliant tale of misery, exoneration and recovery. It visibly rises above lesser fare by depicting the life of a former, female prisoner.

    While all of the characters are remarkable, the main character, Helena (Lena/Lucky), dominates the tale with raw intelligence and emotion.

    Fresh out of prison, Helena faces a range of monumental obstacles when re-entering society. The most vital is uniting with her 14 year old daughter, Beige.

    Her sister, Victoria is crucial in aiding Helena during her time spent incarcerated. Not quite as resilient as her younger sister, Vicky raises Beige as if she were her very own. Unfortunately, outside of her career and Beige, Vicky's life is rather mundane due to her past.

    Happily, Helena then meets Aaron and he's just what the doctor ordered. He slowly gains Helena's trust and the two become vast friends.

    In the midst of the tale, Helena forges unlikely friendships with her Parole Officer, Isolde and her therapist, Mr. Kissmick. Both whom are willing to see Helena through her rehabilitation astoundingly free of prejudice or judgment.

    JUMP is probably one of the most creative and astonishing books I've read in a long time. It's filled with amazing individuals, quirky humor and the recognizable realization that an imperfect, yet adoring mother, will move heaven and earth to shield her child from harm.

    Thus far, my favorite for 2011!

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