Today on my blog I have the Jump When Ready tour. There is a spotlight, review, and awesome giveaway.
David Pandolfe has been a bartender in Seattle, the front man for an alternative rock band in Los Angeles and a college writing teacher in Richmond (among other things).
One day, it occurred to him that sometimes these experiences felt like completely different lives altogether. Which got him to writing Jump When Ready, a novel about of bunch of teenagers trying to get over their past lives while getting ready to jump into their next.
While he’s still writing about himself in third person, David Pandolfe should probably mention that at one point he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has had short stories published in Millennium and the Georgetown Review. Jump When Ready is his first YA novel but he’s currently working on another, to be released in the fall of 2013.
Since he drowned, Henry has remained isolated with the same group of teenagers and he keeps wondering why. After all, what could he possibly have in common with a Mohawk-sporting punker from the 80s, a roller skater from the 70s with a thing for kimonos, and an English “rocker” from the 60s? Henry can hear the other groups but he never sees them. Soon, Henry learns that his new friends all possess unique skills for making themselves noticed by the living. Is Henry’s group kept isolated because of their abilities? If so, are they considered gifted or seen only as a potential bad influence?
Before Henry can reach any conclusions, he witnesses his sister being kidnapped. He knows who did it, where she’s being held and what will happen if the kidnappers don’t get what they want. As the police chase false leads, Henry comes to realize that he’s his sister’s only hope. But for Henry to even have a chance, he has to convince a group of teenagers that dead doesn’t mean helpless.
I enjoyed this book so much even though from the synopsis it sounds like it’s depressing but it’s not. However my only complaint is that I fell asleep while reading this book and I lost my place when I dropped the book. Not fun trying to remember where you left off.
Henry drowned but he is stuck in-between worlds with the same group of that he has nothing in common with or so he thought. But when he sees his sister get kidnapped and the cops following the wrong leads Henry is the only person, well dead person who can help get her back before something bad happens to her also. But he also has to convince a group of teenagers that being dead doesn’t mean they are helpless to help him get back his sister safely.
As I stated earlier you would think this book is depressing with the main character being dead and stuck in-between worlds but it isn’t. The characters are all great especially Henry. I loved getting to know him and the rest of the characters. They each have their own quirkiness that just makes them stand out and has you wanting to be their friend. Even though this book deals with kidnapping, death, and suicide the author does a good job with handling it all with respect. For me my favorite part was the ending and I can’t tell you why so you’ll just have to read this book to know what I am talking about. David is now on my must buy list and I am anxiously waiting for more books by him. 4/5 Bloody Fangs.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Thank you to David for letting me review your book and Thank you to Book Nerd Tours for letting me participate in this tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway.