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Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
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Sep 09, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: books-for-older-teens

I can't remember the last time a book made me sob this hard.

Jumping Off Swings is so beautifully written, so fiercely honest and so compelling. I read it in one intense session, because I Could Not Stop reading it. There are four different POV characters, some of whom hate or avoid each other now for really good, sympathetic reasons, and yet all four were equally compelling and real, and by the end, I cared desperately about all four of them. This is a book that never compromises the emotional truth of the very difficult situation, but it's not a grim read at all - it's just right.

I loved it, and I want to push it on everyone I know. It really is that good.
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