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Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
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bookshelves: read-in-2010, young-adult
Read from April 20 to 21, 2010

Ellie and Josh are two teenagers who have a one-night stand in the back of Josh's van. The novel starts off in the awkward moments after their coupling and explores their reaction to events as well as that of two close friends. Told from the first-person perspective of each character, the story switches points of view, allowing us inside the heads of each character and offering a fascinating, compelling and (at times) frightening look at what it's like to grow up today.

Of course, Ellie ends up pregnant after a mishap with the birth control and the story begins to examine the impact of that on all the players involved. By going inside the minds of the various characters, we get an interesting view and Jo Knowles captures a lot of the angst and uncertainty of being a teenager without being over the top or overly angsty about it. The novel does look at the decisions made and their impact on each of the characters in an honest, refreshing way.
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