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Jumped In

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  429 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Sam has the rules of slackerhood down: Don't be late to class. Don't ever look the teacher in the eye. Develop your blank stare. Since his mom left, he has become an expert in the art of slacking, especially since no one at his new school gets his intense passion for the music of the Pacific Northwest—Nirvana, Hole, Sleater-Kinney. Then his English teacher begins a slam po ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Patrick Flores-scott Hi, I'm guilty of not reading these questions very often. I love this one. I was that kid who never read because I could not focus. Over the years,…moreHi, I'm guilty of not reading these questions very often. I love this one. I was that kid who never read because I could not focus. Over the years, I've learned strategies to keep my brain engaged so, although the focus issues are still there, I now know how to deal with them. I wrote this book for kids like your son, who struggle to read and I'm so glad to hear that (for him at least) it worked ! As a writer, you're constantly re-reading and it helped me a lot to have smaller chunks to deal with as I was revising drafts. So the short chapters were helpful for me as well. Thanks for the question and for being engaged in your son's reading life. I think that's really cool. -Patrick(less)

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Emily (Book Jems)
There are some books that take awhile for you to decipher your feelings towards. Other books you know immediately that you are going to dislike. Then there are the little gems that you connect with from the very first page. For me, Jumped In fits into the third category. From the first mention of Nirvana--my favorite band, if you didn't already know that--I knew I would love this book. This was a fantastic debut that made me believe that this is an author to watch.

Sam has mastered "slackerdom."
Rachel's Book Reviews
We studied poetry, I sucked.
I always respected it.
But could never write it well.
An inmate given keys,
This book spoke to me
Lou is hero
Sam is lost
Just Go
In depth review:
I love this novel. How I got it, is by pure miracle. I was holding it, at the Macmillan booth at ALA 2013 in Chicago. I’d waited an hour to get in the booth, to purchase a book I’d had my eye on all weekend. But sitting there at a table, there were about 9 ARC’s. I decided to pick up the one nearest to me, to read the back.
Mia Searles (The Muses Circle)
A book that totally caught me off guard. Made me laugh and made my cry. REVIEW COMING SOON
Aug 29, 2013 Eden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gosh, Jumped In is a very mixed bag. Sam’s voice is moderately authentic, at least in his narration. This was one of the rare cases where I found the swear words used judiciously, realistically. However, when we get to dialogue, too often Sam or other characters sound (well, read) awkward, stilted or simply phony, especially once we hit the exclamation marks. Combine this dichotomy with a great structure—short chapters that work fabulously to keep up an otherwise-draggy pace, interspersed with L ...more
Amy Fournier
Jun 29, 2013 Amy Fournier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, to-review, own
*Actual rating 3.5 stars

I'm not a big poetry person, but this sounded really interesting so I decided to give it a try. I'm really glad I did. I actually loved getting to know Luis through his poems, and I loved seeing Sam open up a little and finally let people in. This book tackles many different issues. Stereotyping, friendship, family, and learning to find yourself. This was a book I was very unsure about and ended up really enjoying. It was a pleasant surprise.

Sam is the type of person who
Brenda Ayala
Sep 30, 2013 Brenda Ayala rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, signed

I don't really know where to start with this. I suppose it would be prudent to say that I really wasn't expecting much from this novel. I'm not a particularly big fan of poetry, don't own any poetry books. The story sounded basic enough that it didn't warrant an immediate reaction of I have to read this from me. I did love the cover though. It feels chaotic and and unpredictable, much like how the plot of this story went for me. I will say that I think if the man on the cover is meant to be
Sophomore Sam Gregory has learned how to blend into the scenery in his Des Moines, Washington high school. He follows certain rules that make sure he won't be noticed by his teachers or classmates and spends most of his afternoons sleeping in his grandparents' home. Sam longs for the good old days when he and his mother lived in Aberdeen, and he and his buddies listened to the music of Nirvana and dreamed of starting their own band. When he and Luis Cardenas are seated together in English class, ...more
Nov 24, 2013 Lara rated it liked it
Shelves: royal
Reviewed by Janelle S., 6th Grade Teacher Extraordinaire

Sam is in a state of depression. Left by his mother at his grandparents’, he feels abandoned and lost. He misses his buddies and their love of grunge music now that he lives with his willing-to-try, but very old grandparents. When a new student, Luis Carderas, shows up, things change. This tough looking guy, who is rumored to be a gang-banger and has a thick scar and an attitude to match, decides that he wants Sam to be his partner in the u
Andrea Mullarkey
Jul 18, 2015 Andrea Mullarkey rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Sam lives with his grandparents in Des Moines, Washington a suburb of Seattle. What starts as a short visit while his mother goes off to get herself settled at the end of a bad relationship turns out to be a relatively permanent situation for Sam, one he is not thrilled about. He is determined not to get close to anyone at school or attract the attention of his teachers. He wants to suspend his life in a haze of the grunge music he loves until he can move back to the coast where he imagines his ...more
Jan 13, 2017 Kristen rated it really liked it
At first, this book moves along at a fast past and you think, "Hey. This is a nice book about a two boys becoming friends." And I liked that--there aren't a lot of books out there that are, at the core, just about two teenage boys becoming friends. Sam is a white, grunge-loving slacker whose mother abandoned him with his grandparents. Luis is a Hispanic, possible-gang-banger with mysterious scar and a secret love a poetry. They both try to fly under the radar in school but pair together to work ...more
Tara Ethridge
May 19, 2015 Tara Ethridge rated it it was amazing
There are so many things I loved about this book--just so many things. The slackers who are truly deep thinkers just waiting to be heard, the teachers who ROCKED and cared so much, the poetry strewn throughout the book, and even smaller characters were so meaningful. A student recommended this to me and told me I would cry, and he was so right. There were even a few audible sobs from me whilst reading. For middle schoolers, this is a great book for both genders, but both main characters are boys ...more
Oh the tears. Thank goodness I wasn't out in public when I was reading this. The last 40 pages of the book had me weeping incessantly.

I would love to make this a read aloud in my classroom, but I fear I won't be able to get through the ending. Plus there's a fair bit of language, which could get awkward with middle schoolers. Would be a good high school read aloud though.
Laine sanders
At he end of this book I almost because of what happened to Luis. I feel that Sam is a good friend for going through all this trouble just figure out a tragedy. I feel that this book showed to never judge a person by what they look like and by rumors.
Jennifer Kinney
Jun 11, 2015 Jennifer Kinney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such an excellent book. I loved the character of Luis immediately. I could not put this book down. It was so heart wrenching at the end. I cannot stop crying for the goodness in the charactr of Luis. What a fabulous read!
Oct 02, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

This was such

I cried, just a little.

This really teaches the lesson of not assuming things about others as well as stepping out as yourself.

Emmilee Throckmorton
May 11, 2017 Emmilee Throckmorton rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I honestly was not expecting to like this novel. I don’t typically like books that insert poetry throughout, but I found myself curious from the very beginning as to why the poetry wasn’t the main character’s poetry but rather the poetry of the kid he sat next to. I found myself getting drawn in to the narrative and I found myself reading my own students into the students in the classroom. I began to see the characters as the students in my class and I realized I should never judge a person base ...more
Meredith Schimmel
May 11, 2017 Meredith Schimmel rated it really liked it
A quick and very interesting read. This book keeps the reader's attention because you want to know more about the characters. The relationship that develops between Sam and Luis is fascinating to follow. I really enjoyed Sam as a narrator and found him to be very believable. Entwined with the themes of friendship and courage, I think this book would be a favorite for reluctant high school boys!
Rich in Color
Sep 29, 2013 Rich in Color rated it really liked it
From the beginning Sam pulled me into the Pacific Northwest with it’s gray sameness. The gloom just rolls across the pages with the weather completely matching his mood. Sam slowly reveals the reasons for his negativity. He has plenty of pain in his life, but fortunately, the book also has some light moments so readers don’t sink completely under the weight. Many of the lighter bits happen because of the poetry unit. The teacher, Ms. Cassidy, provides a lot of entertainment as she pulls out ever ...more
Sep 26, 2016 Clovercoda rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome book about the struggle with dealing with past traumas and how you let it shape who you are. I loved this book, incredible characters who are very relatable.
Magan (Rather Be Reading)
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading...


Jumped In is a fast, quick-moving story that was extremely touching and heart-warming. Two boys, both disinterested in school for very different reasons, are pushed by their English teacher, Miss Cassidy, to engage and participate in her class. She intentionally pinpoints Sam and Luis each class, waiting for them to answer and making sure they know the material. Sam’s just trying to get by, unnoticed, because he feels worthless and abandone
Jelsa Mepsey
Jun 06, 2014 Jelsa Mepsey rated it it was amazing

The characters are very realistic. They really do seem like teenage boys, without seeming like the author is trying overly hard to make them sound that way. It makes it so easy to forget that it's a fictional book because it feels so real.
Luis and Sam. They're such great characters because they have their flaws, they have their problems, but they're still likable despite that.
The minor characters. All the minor characters are quite well developed, and end up playing some kind of important r
Arianna Green
Mar 31, 2016 Arianna Green rated it it was amazing
Have you ever felt alone in a situation, or felt like no one could understand how you feel? Well this book explains it all through a perspective of a seventeen year old boy named Sam. He is going all through high school with a couple of different rules for himself. Sam’s rules consist of never looking the teacher in the eye, don’t be late to class, and develop a blank stare. I have read this book three times now and it inspires me each time.
Throughout the whole book, there are poems or little
LaQuita (Just Us Girls)
I don't know what to really say about this story. I would recommend reading it. It makes you think and leaves you wondering if you loved it or hated it.

Love it… because there is inspiration and belief that simple decisions can make a world of difference, individual actions and choices affect others and that is easy to forget when those choices are hard.

Hate it… because you wish those hardships and life difficulties would never touch the youth of the world, that children shouldn't have to have g
Aurora Dimitre
So you know 'issue books', right? Those YA or children's books that try and take this big issue and the characters are flat and it's all about the Message and probably at the end the main character commits suicide.

So this was a borderline issue book. The issue was, as far as I can tell, racism and stereotyping people, namely Mexicans. But it was also kind of the borderline issue book where the main character is just some outcast white dude, but this book did have characters with personalities
BAYA Librarian
Sam lives with his grandparents in Des Moines, Washington a suburb of Seattle. What starts as a short visit while his mother goes off to get herself settled at the end of a bad relationship turns out to be a relatively permanent situation for Sam, one he is not thrilled about. He is determined not to get close to anyone at school or attract the attention of his teachers. He wants to suspend his life in a haze of the grunge music he loves until he can move back to the coast where he imagines his ...more
Rachel Valentine
Oct 09, 2013 Rachel Valentine rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I got this book from Goodreads First Reads. It was very good.

I really thought that Sam was a relatable and realistic character. He seemed like teenagers who I knew in high school and I felt bad for him. He tried so hard to not be noticed and I found myself hoping that one day he would find his voice and make friends at his new school. I loved seeing how he developed through the course of the novel. The author did a great job with character development especially when it came to him but also wit
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This book is about depression, friendship, poetry, music, loyalty, teachers, and family.. It is amazing that through Sam’s interactions with Luis and introduction to poetry, he goes from trying to be invisible on purpose to having a whole different view of his surroundings. Luis changes how he sees the world because Luis ends up being everything he thought he wasn’t.

This book surprised me. I didn’t know what it was about when I started, so
Dec 22, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
A few years ago, Sam and his mom moved from Aberdeen, WA to Des Moines, WA to live with Sam’s grandparents. His mom had gone through a nasty break-up and wanted to get away for a little bit and regroup before they went back. But she ends up moving to Arizona and leaving her son to be raised by her parents.

Ever since the move, Sam has tried to be as unnoticeable as possible. He keeps his head down, doesn’t speak up in class, and doesn’t make any friends. That is, until Luis. Luis looks like a gan
Jul 23, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazing-ya-books
DANG YOU BOOK! YOU WERENT SUPPOSED TO MAKE ME CRY!!! I was ill prepared for the emotions this book stirred but I adored it! The story is told in present tense prose from Sam, a teenager who has been abandoned by his mom and now lives with his grandparents, as well as through slam style poetry from Luis, the son/brother of gang bangers who is trying to find his way in the world. Reading this book from the perspective of an adult inspired me to listen to the teenagers who arent talking. I love wor ...more
Sep 25, 2014 kerrycat rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-the-margins
Sam's mother dumped him on her parents when she lost her job and ditched her abusive boyfriend. She's been gone too long to be coming back, Sam figures, and he does his best to be invisible at school and interact as little as possible with his grandparents, who are devastated their their daughter would treat her own son this way. Sam is now in tenth grade and when new kid Luis shows up looking like a Latino gangster, rumors fly that Luis is dangerous and out to get Sam for staring at a huge scar ...more
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I was born in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains just east of Seattle and grew up wanting to be a basketball player. Unfortunately at the time, I had the body and athletic talent of an author.

I played the clarinet in band and became a drama geek in college. I went on to write and act in plays, including "The True History of Coca-Cola in Mexico.' I became a teacher and for years worked with el
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