Jumping Off Swings – Jo Knowles

One pregnancy. Four friends.

Ellie remembers how the boys kissed her. Touched her. How they begged for more. And when she gave it to them, she felt loved. For a while anyway. So when Josh, an eager virgin with a troubled home life, leads her from a party to the backseat of his van, Ellie follows. But their “one-time thing” is far from perfect: Ellie gets pregnant. Josh reacts with shame and heartbreak, while their confidantes, Caleb and Corinne, deal with their own complex swirl of emotions. No matter what Ellie chooses, all four teenagers will be forced to grow up a little faster as a result.

This book is told with alternating chapters from each of the four friends.  It was really interesting to see time pass and to have revealed how each teen was coping with Ellie’s accidental pregnancy.  A very good book.      – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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