High school junior Brinkley Harper is beautiful, wealthy, admired, and powerful--until the day she wakes up in the body of a classmate she wouldn’t be caught dead hanging out with.
Goth girl Miranda is everything Brinkley isn’t: she won't leave the house in anything but black, her family life is in tatters, she’s practically invisible at school, and she’s hiding a dark secret. As Brinkley experiences Miranda’s life from the inside out, she’s forced to consider the world from a very different point-of-view. But this won’t be Brinkley's last “jump,” and each time she lives a day in another classmate’s body, Brinkley not only begins to feel empathy for others, she also begins to glimpse the fears, vulnerabilities, and disappointments behind her own perfect façade. By experiencing the world as somebody else, Brinkley may finally learn to understand herself.
A contemporary fantasy featuring a gutsy heroine and fast-paced action, Jump explores the transformation of a girl who never knew she needed one.
When Brinkley awoke, Cocoa wasn't there. Perhaps I've overslept
, she thought, and Tallulah has already come and let him out.
Brinkley noticed that the surface under her head was hard and cold, and the sound rousing her from sleep wasn't her cell alarm. It was...giggling?
She opened one eye and saw a face she'd seen before but couldn't place. It was some guy...some nobody...from school. What was he doing in her house? Immediately, she sat up, ready to demand that he get out of her room. But when she looked around, she wasn't in her room.
She was in a classroom at Story.
"Miranda, did you get your beauty sleep?" the teacher asked. The class giggled again. Brinkley stared, mouth open. Why was the teacher looking at her?
Excerpted from Jump by Ginger Rue. Copyright © 2010 by Ginger Rue. Excerpted by permission of Tricycle Press, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
About Ginger Rue
Ginger Rue has written for Girls' Life, Teen Vogue, and Seventeen magazines, and was the advice columnist for Sweet 16. Her first novel, Brand-New Emily, was published by Tricycle Press in 2009. Ginger lives in Northpoint, Alabama.
Review, Booklist, September 1, 2010:
"...humorous and engaging..."
Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2010:
"Brinkley’s journey of personal transformation will linger with readers endeavoring to define themselves."
Review, Parkersburg News & Sentinel, October 25, 2010:
"Part "Quantum Leap" and part "Mean Girls" this is a book to get teen girls thinking about cliques."
NOMINEE ALA Quick Pick for Young Adult Reluctant Readers
NOMINEE Young Adult Services Division, School Library Journal Author Award