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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  269 ratings  ·  73 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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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."
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Andrea Mullarkey
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
Tara Ethridge
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
Mia Searles (The Muses Circle)
A book that totally caught me off guard. Made me laugh and made my cry. REVIEW COMING SOON
Lara
May 11, 2014 Lara rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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Amy Fournier
*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
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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
READ.
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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.
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Barbara
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
Eden
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
Brenda Ayala
Well.


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
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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
Liz B
This is "buy for book clubs" with a question mark.

1. I really enjoyed reading it--finished it easily in a few hours. It's not an action-packed book--it's about two outsider boys becoming friends by working together on a poem for 10th grade English--but it is full of emotions and social risk & danger and has very short chapters.

2. It is thematically interesting, with a powerful first person narrator, and is perfect in so many ways for 8th grade boys and girls. Flores-Scott does some interest
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Jennifer Kinney
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!
David Jin
I am a huge fan of slam poetry, of hip-hop, of poetry in general. I like to watch the live performances at CUPSI and I once participated in an open mike at a local cafe. I was so eager to read this book, and for the most part, it was fine. I liked Sam and Luis, and I enjoyed the story. However, 3 seems a bit of a low score, and I attribute it to the fact that my expectations were too high. In my opinion, the majority of the poems were forgettable and almost boring. The writing was decent, but it ...more
Cindy Mitchell
Flores-Scott, Patrick Jumped In, 291 pgs. 2013 Henry Holt and Company. $16.99. Language: R; (151 swears 27 Fs) Violence: PG; Mature Content: G.

Sam has a list of rules that keep him invisible in High School: don’t be late, don’t screw around, don’t raise your hand etc. So far, the rules are working, until Luis comes to class. Luis has a reputation - - he’s quiet, has a bad scar on his neck, and the gang kids seem to respect/fear him. Their English teacher, Ms. Cassidy has started a poetry unit,
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Beth
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.
Sarah
Sam's mom dropped him off at his grandparents' house in Des Moines a little over 2 years ago. When he lived in Aberdeen, Sam and his friends had dreams of forming their own band, inspired by the grunge sounds of Seattle. But since moving to Des Moines, Sam finds himself isolated. He isolates himself and retreats into his own head. A new student, Luis, is suspected of gang activity, and somehow becomes associated with Sam. As the two classmates are paired for a poetry slam assignment, Sam discove ...more
Maria Murillo
Flores-Scott masterfully crafts this book in two voices: Sam's through the narrative, and Luis' through poetry. As we get to know each, we feel the awkwardness of adolesence, the pain of heart break and the struggle to find one's voice. The writing is simple and true and you feel for the characters, want them to find what they're looking for and I found myself reading on into the night to see if they would, to encourage their friendship and connection. This book is sentimental without the sap. I ...more
SharonJH Harman
After Sam's mom leaves him with his grandparents and disappears, he has to figure out how to be Sam in a community he doesn't care to join. He and new student Luis find themselves using the same strategy of slacking, silence and no eye contact to deal with their discomfort, causing them to gradually start appreciating each other. When their English teacher challenges the class to perform in an upcoming slam poetry unit, Sam and Luis team up to create a memorable performance. The story is mixed w ...more
Lonna Pierce
This realistic YA novel about prejudice and finding your authentic voice via slam poetry is a powerhouse! Sam retreats into his hoodie like a turtle in his shell at his new high school after his mother abandons him to live with his elderly grandparents in a new town. Luis is assumed by all to be connected ("Jumped In")to a cholo gang, but nothing is as it seems. Sam & Luis's unexpected friendship saves both in a way, and gives them the opportunity to speak through poetry. As a Poetry-Out-Lou ...more
Andre'a Akers
This book ended up being way better than I ever thought it was going to be. I was worried it would be a little cheesy even though the idea behind the story sounded great. It turns out I was pleasantly surprised instead. I enjoyed every last bit of the slam poetry especially the poetry included in the end of the story.

The book was a quick enjoyable read with an inspiring story. If a YA book, that was very specifically aimed at late middle school-high school kids was inspiring to someone outside
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kerrycat
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
Diane Ferbrache
Sam wants to be a rock star, just like Kurt Cobain. He and his friends live in Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen, until his mom takes off to find herself. Now Sam lives with his grandparents outside Seattle and specializes in flying under the radar. He even has rules for how to remain unnoticed in high school. Then one day everything changes -- he gets paired with Luis (in EVERY CLASS!) -- a would-be gang member with a penchant for writing poetry!

Told in Sam's voice, this is a great story about frie
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Kellee
Full review at: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=3798

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
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Jelsa Mepsey
Yays:

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
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Hayley
It's been a long time since I gave any book 5 stars, let alone one I just picked up randomly at the library because I wanted to waste an hour. It has also been a long time since a book made me cry. And I don't mean tear up a little, here. I mean bawl. I had to stop reading because I physically can't see the page anymore. I don't know why this book in particular created that response, but it did.

Something magical happens when a fresh wave of tears comes on the very last page, but you can't stop s
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Magan (Rather Be Reading)
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading...

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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
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R.Z. Valentine
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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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
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Michelle
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
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