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Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia
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Dec 12, 08

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I love how the author presents three viewpoints without a hint of editorializing. Dominique is a strong, angry, unapologetic presence; she's not an obvious villain, but neither does the author set her up with a tragic background or anything equally manipulative and convenient as an excuse for her actions. She's just playing by the rules as she understands them. Trina is very sympathetic, but still a little grating in her constant self-adoration even as you want to protect her naivete. Leticia may seem the simplest character, but in fact she's the one whose actions offer the most food for discussion, as she persists in her belief that she had no responsibility to warn Trina even in the tragic aftermath of the "jumping." It's hard to tell from her words whether she's horrified or just excited that someone she knows is on the news, that she saw it all go down, that she was a part of it. Maybe it's equal parts both. In any case, very strong character development and a skilled delineation of three different voices make this a memorable and thought-provoking book that doesn't rely on its "ripped-from-the-headlines" plot to sustain interest and relevance.
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