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Jump [Kindle Edition]

Ginger Rue
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Book Description

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

From 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
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

High-school mean girl Brinkley is beautiful, wealthy—and required to attend therapy because of her bullying. Brinkley does not understand what the problem is until she wakes up in the body of Miranda, someone on the opposite end of the social spectrum. Brinkley’s “jump” into Miranda’s body and life is not an isolated one. Over the course of several weeks, Brinkley is transported into the bodies of other “losers” to see what it is like to walk in their shoes. Unable to understand what is happening, Brinkley is forced to befriend Miranda. What develops between the two girls is an actual friendship that allows Brinkley to eventually see the error of her ways. There is nothing new about this story, the ending is largely predictable, and it takes several chapters to warm up to Brinkley and her entitled attitude. However, the writing is humorous and engaging, and captures the high-school scene. Readers will want to keep reading to be assured that Brinkley does come around in the end. Grades 7-10. --Shauna Yusko

Product Details

  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1582463344
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (September 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042JSO9Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walk around in someone else's shoes October 3, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Brinkley Harper has it all -- looks, popularity, money and influence. You would think this would make her the happiest girl at Story High. Instead, she is rude, sarcastic and bullying to the point that four students leave the school after her torment. This is where the book JUMP begins. After her bullying reaches the attention of the school principal, Brinkley is forced into counseling. Her counselor, Irirangi -- an odd, but loveable sort --diagnoses her with a personality disorder that makes it impossible for Brinkley to empathize with the pain of others. Brinkley angrily rejects the diagnosis and Irirangi's advice. At the same time, however, a bizarre series of events begins to occur in Brinkley's life. She literally wakes up (or Jumps into) in the body of Miranda Morrison, a strange, artistic and literary Goth type who Brinkley cannot stand. So begins the adventure. During the course of the novel, Brinkley becomes other vulnerable students at Story: the girl who used to be the most popular until a sad course of events happens in her life; an alienated Korean exchange student; a sweet theatre student who is kind and puts others first; and Brinkley's trusted best friend. Each of these jumps gives Brinkley something none of us have but all of us could use: perfect empathy. She is able to see the world totally from others' points of view. At the same time, a wall comes down between the reader and Brinkley. The reader begins to empathize with Brinkely's life and can see how everything has not been perfect in her world, either -- despite all evidence to the contrary. How much easier the teenage years would be if we all had the insight Brinkley is gifted with in this novel. In the end, her knowledge changes herself and others. A good read! (Written by Leslie Fain)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teen Girls will Love It September 21, 2010
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Forget the School Library Journal review above... Teen (and tween) girls LOVE this novel about living life in another girl's (or, guy's) skin. My daughter and her friends are passing this one around at school and enjoying a great read. Be sure to check out Rue's other title, too... Brand New Emily.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High 4 -- good, but no five. March 19, 2011
Ginger Rue's "Jump" is the story of Brinkley, a very self-absorbed girl who bullies other people. She's required to see a counselor at almost any time the counselor says to keep from being expelled from school. But even more effective than the counseling sessions are her jumps into several other teenagers' bodies -- the very people she does not like! She seems to faint briefly, and when she awakens, she is in another teenager's body.

Adults may find the story cliched, but the primary audience for this novel is early teens. They would see the story as fun and suspenseful. (How is Brinkley going to be Brinkley again? What did she learn from this jump?)

Teens and tweens will enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too December 12, 2010
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.
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