In JUMPED IN by Patrick Flores-Scott, Sam is an expert in the field of slacker-hood. He knows exactly how to blend in and not be noticed by anyone. He is content in being alone, listening to Nirvana and trying not to think of old memories. Sam abides by a strict set of rules and is almost invisible to the world; at least until Luis shows up.
"I absolutely loved JUMPED IN. From the beginning to the end, Patrick Flores-Scott did an excellent job portraying incredibly complex characters who grab your heart and steal it away."
Luis is someone of whom everyone is scared. With looks like his gangster brother and bearing a long scar on his neck, Luis knows the rules of slacker-hood, too. Soon, he and Sam are grouped together to work on a piece of slam-poetry for their English class. As they get to know each other, a tentative friendship begins between the two boys as they escape doing what is expected of them.
I absolutely loved JUMPED IN. From the beginning to the end, Patrick Flores-Scott did an excellent job portraying incredibly complex characters who grab your heart and steal it away. With a completely unexpected twist at the end, readers will have trouble putting the book down. Between Sam's narrative and Luis's poems, the friendship and bravery in this novel will leave readers satisfied that they picked up the book.
- Publication Date: August 27, 2013
- Genres: Social Issues, Fiction, Young Adult 12+
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
- ISBN-10: 0805095144
- ISBN-13: 9780805095142