Jumping Off Swings

Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles

This book takes a unique approach to the typical teen pregnancy story.  Instead of simply detailing what goes on with the pregnant girl, the book shares the tale from four different perspectives:

Ellie, whose “one time thing” with Josh ends up in pregnancy

Josh, who “hooked up” with Ellie partially to stop his friends from teasing him about his lack of experience

Corinne, Ellie’s best friend who tries to help but never forces her BFF to face the facts

Caleb, who’s had a crush on Ellie since they were in elementary school, but now finds himself increasingly attracted to Corinne.

What I really appreciated about this book is that it didn’t make Josh into the villain: it gave responsibility to both teens where it belonged.  The fact that Josh had guilt he didn’t know how to cope with made the title unusual and realistic for me, instead of painting the characters in black and white.  Just a warning, you may/will probably get teary as you get near the ending, even if you don’t agree with the choices the characters are making.


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