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...more
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
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
• 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
Meanwhile, Leticia is a busybody who overhears Dominique's plan to jump Trina. He...more
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
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 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Dominique is an all-ball girl who's been benched because her grades are too low; she doesn't like anyone getting in her space and everyone knows not to mess with her. Trina is a peppy artist who loves to flaunt her stuff. All it takes is one word, "hey," to send Dominique over the edge. Leticia is stuck attending zero-hour classes to make up for the subjects she failed last term. She overhears Dominuqe's plan to jump Trina at the end of the day--onl...more
On the surface the story is about Leticia’s moral decision: should she “Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved” like the James Brown song played on the school loudspeakers? Should she warn Trina, who has no idea that she’s going to get pounded? Or maybe she should just stay out of it?
Chapters alternate, with each girl narrating...more
"I learned to read early, and...more