Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review: Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott

  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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Sam has the rules of slackerhood down: Don’t be late to class. Don’t ever look the teacher in the eye. Develop your blank stare. Since his mom left, he has become an expert in the art of slacking, especially since no one at his new school gets his intense passion for the music of the Pacific Northwest—Nirvana, Hole, Sleater-Kinney. Then his English teacher begins a slam poetry unit and Sam gets paired up with the daunting, scarred, clearly-a-gang-member Luis, who happens to sit next to him in every one of his classes. Slacking is no longer an option—Luis will destroy him. Told in Sam’s raw voice and interspersed with vivid poems, Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott is a stunning debut novel about differences, friendship, loss, and the power of words.

My Thoughts

I'm not a big poetry person, but this sounded really interesting so I decided to give it a try. I'm really glad I did. I actually loved getting to know Luis through his poems, and I loved seeing Sam open up a little and finally let people in. This book tackles many different issues. Stereotyping, friendship, family, and learning to find yourself. This was a book I was very unsure about and ended up really enjoying. It was a pleasant surprise.

Sam is the type of person who keeps to himself. Abandoned by his mom, and expecting her to return to bring him back to his old home, he never wanted to get close to people. Didn't want to form relationships with anyone if he was just leaving soon anyways. After it was apparent his mom wasn't coming back, he just didn't care to be friends with anyone. It's easier for him to just be by himself. He won't have to ever subject himself to that feeling of loss again. It isn't until Luis becomes an unexpected and unwelcome part of his life that he starts to see things differently. He finds an unlikely friendship with Luis. He discovers that his stereotyping may have been wrong, and that people aren't always who they seem on the outside.

I found the writing in this to be fabulous. At first I wasn't sure about hearing Sam tell us a bit about what is happening, then getting a poem written by Luis, but soon it really flowed and I was flying through the book. I wanted to know more about both of them, about where their story was going. I loved that this tackled the issue of stereotypes in such a cool way. I loved that everyone was so much more than meets the eye. Besides Luis and Sam, I loved all of the characters. I thought they were all well developed, especially their English teacher. Every character had a reason to be part of the story. There were no side characters just for the sake of moving the story along.

Upon finishing this book, I was surprised how much I felt. I started off not really feeling any sort of connection or emotions at all, and I'm not sure when they developed, but by the end I was aware of all the feels I had. It really caught me off guard, and I love that! This book was just so well rounded. It covers so many issues, it's so real, and it also gives a few little lessons on poetry that I found really cool. I think this is the type of book that all high school (or even middle school) kids should read. I am so glad that I decided to read something different from what I usually do. This was a great book.


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

16 comments:

  1. I have seen this maybe once or twice, I like then sound of the writing!

    OH and I am crazily jelly about you seeing TMI movie. I don't think it's out in Australia yet.

    Fab review, Amy! <33

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  2. I haven't heard of this book until now, but I have to check it out soon! The writing sounds really gorgeous, especially from the way you described how it flowed so easily and effortlessly. The treatment of stereotypes sounds awesome, as does the fact that you didn't really connect with the characters at first but by the end you had all of these feels without really knowing it. That's definitely one of the best ways to read a book :)

    Fantastic review, Amy! <33

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  3. I'm not a fan of poetry at all - like you - so I wouldn't have given this book another glance but it sounds like you ended up enjoying it even if it took a while to connect to the characters. I'm actually pretty curious about how verse books even reads! Glad you liked it overall, chickie!

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  4. I would want to read this simply because of the music mentioned in the blurb. I've never even heard of this book, but it sounds right up my alley. I'm glad you liked it, Amy!

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  5. Ever since I read Slammed I've gotten into poetry. This book looks intriguing.

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  6. I hadn't heard of this before, but I love male POV books like this. And the music and PNW mentioned makes me more curious.

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  7. I love male POV and have recently learned to love Slam poetry. Might have to give this one a try.

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  8. Like Andrea, I want to read this because of the music in the blurb. This is the first time in a long time that I've seen a blog review of a book I completely hadn't heard of! I think I would like this one so I hope I can find time to read it.

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  9. I don't read a whole lot of poetry, but this sounds interesting. Thanks, Amy!

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  10. الاول سيو افضل شركة تسويق الكترونى تعمل على تسويق المواقع وارشفتها باحدث وسائل السيو فهى تقوم بتهيئة المواقع لمحركات البحث لجلب الزوار والعملاء
    ومن اقسام الاول سيو قسم الخدمات المنزليه مثل افضل شركة تنظيف بالرياض
    وافضل شركة تنظيف شرق الرياض بالاضافة الى افضل شركة مكافحة الحشرات بالرياض وتغطى خدماتها شرق وشمال الرياض فالاول افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات شرق الرياض تستخدم اقوى المبيدات الحشرية
    واسعارها في متناول الجميع ومن الهام التاكد دائما من خلو منزلك من تسربات المياه حتى لا تتعرض لمشاكل مثل انهيار وتصدع المبانى الاول افضل شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالرياض تستخدم اجهزه الكترونية اكشف التسرب بالذبذبات وتغطى كافة مناطق الرياض فهى افضل شركة كشف تسربات المياه شرق الرياض


    شركة تنظيف كنب بالرياض

    الاول شركة تخزين اثاث بالرياض
    توفر افضل المستودعات لتخزين الاثاث والعفش التى تتوفر بها كل عوامل الامن للحفاظ على الاثاث وتقوم بتغليف الاثاث قبل تخزينه للمحافظة عليها فالاول افضل شركات تخزين العفش بالرياض ونوفر سيارات لنقل الاثاث من اى مكان داخل المملكة .
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بينبع

    بالاضافة الى خدمة نقل اثاث بالرياض فنحن نمتلك اكبر اسطول نقل بالرياض يوفر لك افضل خدمة نقل اثاث بالرياض
    بالاضافة الى ان اسعارها في متناول الجميع فهى فالاول شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض رخصية بالمقارنة مع باقي الشركات بالرغم من جودة عملها ودقة المواعيد فهى تقوم بتغليف العفش للحفاظ عليه اثناء النقل وتقوم باستخدام سيارات مغطاه مخصصة لنقل العفش للحفاظ عليه من اضرار الشمس والامطار والاتربة فالاول افضل شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض وتغطى كافة مدن المملكة
    نقل اثاث بالرياض

    وان كنت بحاجة الى شركة شراء اثاثك القديم المستعمل فباتصالك بنا تحصل على افضل شركة شراء اثاث مستعمل بالرياض والخرج
    حقين شراء اثاث مستعمل بالرياض

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  11. تتميز الرحمه في تقديم جميع خدمات التنظيف مثل : تنظيف خزانات - تنظيف منازل - تنظيف بيوت - تنظيف شقق - تنظيف سجاد وموكيت - تنظيف مدارس ومساجد

    شركة تنظيف منازل بالرياض
    شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض

    افضل شركة جلى بلاط بالرياض

    كشف تسربات المياه



    كثيرا ما تحتاج شركة نقل اثاث عند شرائك اثاث جديد او عند تنقلك من منزل الى منزل اخر او من مدينة الى مدينة اخرى
    توفر الرحمة اسطول من سيارات نقل الاثاث الحديثة للحفاظ عليه من العوامل الطبيعية مثل الشمس او الامطار
    شركة تنظيف بالرياض

    تنظيف شقق بالرياض
    تنظيف فلل بالرياض

    إن كنت تعانين من مشكلة الحشرات في مطبخك وخاصة الصراصير، إتبعي نصيحة أطيب طبخة وحضري خلطات سهلة وطبيعية لتتخلصي منها بشكل نهائي وفعال.
    1- خلطة سحرية

    أخلطي القليل من حمض البوريك مع الدقيق والسكر البودرة ورشي الخليط في الزوايا، تحت الخزائن والثلاجة وباقي الأماكن التي تتكاثر فيها الحشرات. فمزيج السكر والدقيق كفيل بجذب الصراصير وحمض البوريك سيتولى القضاء عليها!
    2- تنظيف الأثاث الخشبي

    إهتمي بتنظيف الأثاث الخشبي في المنزل بعناية فالخشب يعزز وجود الحشرات وخاصة الصراصير وتكاثرها لذلك تأكدي جيداً من تنظيف هذا النوع من الأثاث.
    3- مزيج من الماء والصابون
    شركة مكافحة الحشرات بالرياض
    شركة تسليك مجاري بالرياض




    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض
    شركة عزل الاسطح بالرياض
    افضل شركة تنظيف كنب بالرياض
    افضل شركة تنظيف موكيت بالرياض
    شركة تخزين عفش بالرياض

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