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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|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
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|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About 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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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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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.
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!