Rita Williams-Garcia
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Acclaimed author Rita Williams-Garcia gives readers an intimate, gritty portrayal of three very different teens on the day when everything collides.

Trina: "Hey," I say, though I don't really know them. It's okay if they don't speak. I know how it is. They can't all be Trina.

Dominique: Some stupid little flit cuts right between us and is like, "Hey." I slam my fist i

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Published January 1st 2010 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published February 24th 2009)
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The story takes place (mostly) in one day at a large, urban high school. We have three main characters, all female:

• Leticia is the beleaguered cell phone addict, who is mostly interested in gossip and manicures.

• Trina is the bouncy Latina for whom art is everything.

• Dominique is the tough b-baller who’s been benched due to poor grades.

When bitter Dominique decides to jump Trina for some perceived slight, it is up to Leticia to warn Trina. Why? Because Trina is oblivious to the alleged inciden...more
All this talk leading up to one event-- jumping Trina because she cut in front of hot-headed Dominique who already has anger issues with not being able to play basketball because of her poor grades.

It's a quick and easy read (I did it in about an hour) from ALA's quick picks for reluctant readers. Especially since the action is broken into three narratives: Trina, who doesn't know that she's going to get jumped; Dominique, who felt dissed by Trina after she cut her off in the hallway; and Letic...more
Cory Dorn
I Say this book is for older adults to Young Adults of Both genders would be able to read this book. Why, because this book changes characters each Chapter. It would be harder for younger people to pay attention on what is going on. Because kids have a short attentions spend. To be honest I barley know what was going on myself. Other than that it is a easy book to read there is not that much hard of words.
There are three characters that change in each chapter. So you have to pay a lot of attent...more
This is a 3.5 star book, which could go up or down depending on how the book sits with me over the next few days.

Jumped takes place during the course of one day. Williams-Garcia weaves her story through the perspectives of Dominique, Trina, and Leticia. At first, I thought Dominique was the only one with a "problem". She is an angry, angry young woman. Her anger is clearly illustrated in her first chapter. She's waiting in the faculty parking lot for her science teacher. She needs to "talk" to...more
This is a great addition to the genre of realistic fiction for African-American girls, although the themes are relevant to readers of any race. I have a few criticisms, which I'll get out of the way: One of the three characters, the vain, bouncy girl who is the target of another girl's violence, was less believable than the others. I actually would have preferred to just hear from the other two characters: the troubled basketball-playing girl who is looking for an outlet for her anger (who I fou...more
Kirsten Young
I don't like reading at all but, for the first time I actually liked this book.Jumped is one of the few books that I've read throughout the years. I can actually say that I was comfortable with reading it. If you like stories that can relate to your life or what your surrounded by then Jumped is the book for you. I recommend teenagers between the ages of 14-18 to read this. There are some curse words in here but, if your matture enough then it shouldn't bother you. Jumped relates to a lot of ki...more
Vasu Laeietpiboon
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This book reminded me a lot of Inexcusable. It covers a period of one day, and is told from three different viewpoints (all high school girls). One of the high school girls accidentally bumps another girl in the hallway while walking. This girl takes the "bump" offensively...except the girl who bumped into her didn't even realize she had. The girl who is bumped into decides that the offender needs to be "taught a lesson" (get beat up) and that she will do that after school gets out. A third girl...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Trina is a beautiful, bouncy girl who is proud of herself and is sure that everyone envies her looks and personality.

When she is delivering some of her artwork to a teacher for a project, she walks too close to Dominique... "cuts into" her space... and Dominique, who is a tough basketball athlete, takes exception to that. She slams her fist into her other hand, and announces to her friends that Trina is as good as "jumped."

Leticia understands the imp...more
Medeia Sharif
Dominique is a rough and tough basketball player. Trina is a pretty-in-pink girl who thinks she's all that. But Trina messes up when she brushes past Dominique, breezing through her personal space when Dominique isn't in a good mood. Dominique is in trouble with her coach over her bad grades and she's trying to intimidate a teacher to pull her grade up a notch. Her solution: take her anger out on Trina after school.

Meanwhile, Leticia is a busybody who overhears Dominique's plan to jump Trina. He...more
This is one of those books that before you read it, seems like it would be perfect for Reluctant Readers. It's small, about African American girls and impending violence, short chapters, everything. I was really surprised that it had gotten a bit poohpoohed at the Quick Picks meeting, because it "seemed" to have it all.

Well, this is why you read the book. Nothing really happens. The whole book is the buildup and it's not very interesting. There is no reason to root for any of the characters, esp...more
Told in the voice of three teenage girls as they go through a school day, the story shows how teens interact with friends and teachers often thinking only of themselves and what they want or need. The story collides at the end as one angry girl( Dominique) takes her anger out on another student. Throughout the day, the suspense and anticipation build as students sense something is about to happen. They just don't have sense of what will happen or the long lasting consequences.
Lena Hillbrand
This is one of the contemporary YA I picked up in my recent library binge. It was the last of the dozen or so books I got around to reading. I almost returned it without reading it, because I'd had ANOTHER library binge in the meantime (I have a serious problem, I know).

Anyway, long story short, I'm so freaking glad I didn't return this without listening to it! It was awesomesauce X 20. The story is short and snappy, and takes place over the course of one school day, beginning in zero hour and...more
Told from the alternating viewpoints of three high school students, this book about girl-on-girl violence will leave you with all sorts of what-if scenarios in your head and a need to the analyze each of the sympathetically portrayed characters. The end is heartbreaking, particularly the final chapter from Leticia's point-of-view, which shows you how little it can all mean. Jumped is up for the National Book Award--I'd be happy to see it win.
Michal Hope
There were times in this book where I couldn't stay with the story...different POVs made for a realistic tale but were confusing at times. The ending was expected but still horrific as I did not imagine the complete violence that was exacted on Trina. What a tragic story, but one that is probably more real than we want to acknowledge. I would recommend this to some 8th graders but definitely not 6th graders! It makes me sad that kids so young carry around such anger and that they take it out on...more
As always, the writing of Rita Williams-Garcia in this book is of the highest quality in terms of pure rhythm and readability. The urban pop and stop of the storytelling really works to make for an entertaining narrative all the way through.

Told from the first-person point of view of three African-American girls—Leticia, Trina and Dominique—who are all students at an inner city school, the story unfolds incrementally as a single day goes by in the lives of the three girls. Academics aren't eas...more
I knew this book had to be decent--it was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. But, whoa, I didn't expect it to hit me this hard. Telling the story of three high school girls in an inner-city school, the book is about violence and stupidity.

Dominique is a starting basketball player ticked off because her coach is benching her. Yeah, it doesn't matter that her grades aren't good enough to play--in Dominique's eyes it's the coach's fault, not hers. She has maj...more
F.T. Bradley
I picked up Jumped because it made the ABA nominee list, and looked like the kind of book I would enjoy. Plus it has a skinny spine, and you know how I like that. Author Rita Williams-Garcia is also a Coretta Scott King Honoree (for Like Sisters on the Homefront, which I will now have to add to my list).

Jumped is written from three perspectives: Trina, who is a confident artist, Dominique, who’s rough around the edges with a solid temper, and Leticia, who falls somewhere in the middle.

All Trina...more
This is the story of three girls that go to the same school: Trina, the artist who knows she ‘s all that and everyone loves her; Dominique, the baller who don’t take notin’ from nobody and needs her minutes on the court; and Leticia, the girl permanently attached to her cell phone that knows everybody’s business. When Trina walks between Dominique and her girls in the hall doing her shimmy-shake, not even looking at Dominique, Leticia is the only one to notice that Dominique is planning to jump...more
I first gave this book a three star rating. After a second reading, as we consider the book for a community read, I raise my rating to four stars. I think this book has great potential for a community read program - it is a fast read, has diverse females as the central characters, deals with bullying (from the perspective of the bullied, the bullier, and the bystander), and is written by a female of color. There is some language and mention of sex (which is not too graphic). Bingo! And Rita Wili...more
Jun 25, 2010 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: realistic fiction fans
Trina knows she’s special, she really has it going on, from her looks to her art she is top notch. Dominique just wants to play ball, basketball that is, but she has been benched because of her grades. Leticia, just wants the scoop and the juiciest gossip, and boy has she found it this time. You see Dominique is going to teach Trina a lesson. Dominique is going to make sure that Trina knows she is there and make sure that Trina will respect her space. At 2:45 Trina is going to be jumped.

In 2009...more
I'm a middle school librarian and the counselor was looking for a book to read with her small girl's counseling group. This was the best book I found of the several that I read for her purposes.

The book tells a story from three perspectives, a girl who wants to beat up another girl, the girl who is going to get jumped, and the girl who hears about the plans and has to decide if she will get involved or not.

Each chapter alternates perspectives as the school day progresses, telling that girl's sto...more
It's hard for me to rate a book highly when I don't really like any of the characters. I was forced to wonder what was wrong with me when I found myself caring the most about the aggressor. I mean, she's basically a sociopath. But I could clearly picture the life she had led that turned her out that way, and I felt sorry for her. However, the other two characters--the target and the bystander--are kind of insufferable. Not to say that the target deserves anything like what she gets at the end of...more
Three girls - three different voices. Dominique has been benched - she didn't get that 75 allowing her to play. Now, she's full of anger that's ready to be unleashed. Enter Trina - a girl who is so full of self confidence that she doesn't realize she's just cut right through Dominique and her girls. Dominique decides Trina needs to get jumped - 2:45pm. Leticia overhears, calls her best friend, and her best friend pleads with her to do something - to let Trina know Dominique's plan. So, what will...more
This book sounds like an after-school special: tough basketball girl wants to beat up fluffy clueless girl and only spoiled self-absorbed girl can stop it, if only she's brave enough. Outdated, right?


This book is really about identity and perception. We have Dominique, the girl jock who believes she has no choices in life: all the power is held by her coach, her teachers, and her environment. She refuses to see that she has any choice in her actions. Then there's Trina, who steadfastly for...more
A teen realistic fiction novel that follows the lives of three teen girls over the course of one day at a large urban high school.

Latisha- is the bystander and is largely into her fake nails and her cell phone. She feels pressured to warn Trina, though she doesn;t follow through.

Trina- is the victim and a pretty girl art student with a big ego.

Dominique- is the bully who jumps Trina after a slight diss in the hallway. She's into basketball, but has been benched due to her grades. She's got a tem...more
Kristen Jorgensen
Rita Williams-Garcia Jumped

Wow. Jumped is an intense story following three very different girls in high school, mostly during the course of one day.

Trina: a flirty, good looking, thinks-she’s-a-star-born-to-shine girl.
Dominique: an athletic, angry, Don't-mess-with-me girl.
Leticia: an average, gossip, wants-the-best-seat for the "show" girl that gets by doing the minimum (in everything) every day.

Dominique has marked Trina, to beat up at the end of the school day, and Leticia knows. What we are...more
Jumped introduced me to a world that I know exists but am often able to ignore: teen violence. As much as I like to believe that everyone is nice and kind, the news reminds me that some people are selfish and cruel. Now so does Jumped. The action of Jumped occurs in one day through the stories of three different girls whose lives will become intertwined. Letica is probably your typical teenage girl who worries more about her nails than her education. She overhears Domininque's plans to beat up T...more
Leticia isn't doing so well in school but she is going to change that this semester. She is retaking geometry at zero hour (before school) and working hard to master her other classes. But her favorite subject in school is gossip!

Dominique's only reason for even coming to school is basketball. It is what she lives for, and because of that stupid D in English she isn't going to get to play for the rest of the season. 'Nique is going to change that or someone is going to pay.

Trina is the luckiest...more
Inspired by the dramatic increase of girl-on-girl violence, Williams-Garcia has given us a day in high school leading up to a violent incident. Dominique is already angry that her grades are keeping her off the basketball court, but when Trina pushes past her that is the last straw. She knows that she can’t just take the disrespect, she has to react. Trina is oblivious to the what happened with Dominique since she is rushing to hang her artwork in the gallery. Trina is self-absorbed and very con...more
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"I was born in Queens, N.Y, on April 13, 1957. My mother, Miss Essie, named me 'NoMo' immediately after my birth. Although I was her last child, I took my time making my appearance. I like to believe I was dreaming up a good story and wouldn’t budge until I was finished. Even now, my daughters call me 'Pokey Mom', because I slow poke around when they want to go-go-go.

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