Jump When Ready

Jump When Ready Since he drowned Henry has remained 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 s a roller s

  • Title: Jump When Ready
  • Author: David Pandolfe
  • ISBN: 9781484153956
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since he drowned, Henry has remained 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 Add to that, Henry can hear the other groups but he never sees them Soon, Henry learns thaSince he drowned, Henry has remained 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 Add to that, 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.

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    1. What can I say? Of course, I'm giving this one five stars since I wrote it. I'm really excited about JUMP WHEN READY being published and I hope you all enjoy the novel!

    2. Are You Ready?,When I first read the blurb for this book I had two distinct reactions. On the one hand I thought this could be an imaginative, exciting, thoughtful and creative variation on the teen adventure/thriller. On the other hand this could be a heavyhanded teen crime/suspense novel with an odd take on life/death or heaven/hell, and heavy reliance on teen angst and drama. Guess what? First reaction was right, and this is even better than I could have hoped.We have a motley crew of teens w [...]

    3. Mortality. Yikes: heavy stuff. The sort of heavy stuff that most of us don’t really want to think about because it’s scary and depressing and unpleasant, but also something heavy that’s utterly inevitable and part of everyone’s life. Everyone has different views of what happens after we die, some more pleasant than others. But we really don’t know. In Jump When Ready, author David Pandolfe provides his take on the afterlife: an uplifting but not cliché vision.When 14-year-old Henry dr [...]

    4. As seen on my blog:What a great throwback to the contemporary YA fiction I started off reading a year ago. It also didn't hurt that Jump When Ready had a great paranormal twist added to it. I appreciated the subtlety of it more than anything else, the idea of "ghosts" and "haunting" doesn't play as big a role as trust, self-realization, and essentially, coming-of-age, even if it is after death.Jump When Ready reminded me of a Five People You Meet in Heaven, but for teens, and with a quick-paced, [...]

    5. I don't read a lot of "afterlife" books, generally, so this was a bit out of my comfort zone. But I'm so glad I made the jump (Har har. See what I did there?) because JUMP WHEN READY was an engaging, poignant book that stayed with me long after I read the last word.Henry is a great character with a consistent, realistic teenage voice. At first I had a little trouble keeping his new friends straight, but soon enough their personalities emerged and I loved the interaction between them. The idea of [...]

    6. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. I was not disappointed, what an excellent book. The main focus of the book is a fourteen year old boy who has the misfortune of becoming a ghost. It is a tale of his becoming aware of himself and of other ghost that help him fulfill his mission while helping each other to realize their own talents.This is an excellent read for Tweens and young adults. I highly recommend this to the younger readers or even the young at heart old readers. [...]

    7. I absolutely loved this book, and read it in two sittings, I didn't want to stop! I wished the main characters were my friends (around whom I could wrap my arms and with whom I could spend my free afternoons), and the story is so beautifully written so real that I actually felt their struggle. It's a fresh and exciting one: a "who am I" story, inside a really cool spiritual ("bigger-than-us") perspective, and tied together by an exciting thriller. Jump When Ready stuck with me - what vivid vulne [...]

    8. Definitely a good read! I'm sure the author had as much fun writing this story as I had fun reading it. A tale of a teenager who seemed lost in afterlife but eventually find his place among his group of 'between-lifers'. When tragedy strikes the living, he finds that a certain 'ability' may help him change the course of the living but things don't go as smoothly as hoped. The author paints a wonderfully magical afterlife, sprinkled with teenage wonderment, friendship, family love and an exciting [...]

    9. Fantastic read. I'm looking forward to future stories from this author. Great plot, likeable characters and good pace at storytelling. I haven't noticed any grammar, spelling or editing issues.I got this book for free and I was a surprise how much I enjoyed it.

    10. Good book. Thought provoking. Really fast read and the type of book that makes you want to read it in one sitting. Like you want to read more than sleep.

    11. Jump When Ready by David Pandolfe is a well done after-life story about 14-year-old Henry who accidentally drowns while wading in a river during a teen party. He finds himself in the company other “dead kids” and an older woman, Martha, in another place – a nice, “normal” place that changes according to the desires of the kids and Martha. The kids have their own home together, each with their own private room that suits their personalities and interests from the lives they just left. A [...]

    12. Actual rating:4.5/5As soon as I started this book, I knew it was going to be good. I absolutely loved the style and voice of the writing. It charmed me right away and I was pulled in to this really cool world. Jump When Ready is a book that you would think would be kind of sad and depressing, as it's about a boy who dies and tries to help his family from the "in between" but the author does an excellent job of incorporating humour into it and keeps the story with a lightness to it. Here's a quot [...]

    13. I was given this book to review by the author on . It did not disappoint. I was immediately taken in with the main character Henry and his transition into the in between and his goal to help save his sister Bethany. It touches on many points in a subtle way. It presents the side of a love one passing (Henry) and his difficulty with the fact that he is gone. We get the perspective of the loved ones left behind (his family) and the different grieving processes: his father's drinking, the mother's [...]

    14. I read this book in one sitting. I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down. Originally I thought this would be a depressing book since the main character is dead and stuck “in-between” worlds, but it wasn’t doom and gloom. There is witty banter and strong bonds between characters. And speaking of characters, I loved all of the characters that Henry meets upon his arrival to the in-between world. They are realistic and each have their own quirkiness that makes me want to be th [...]

    15. I received a free copy of this book as an exchange for an honest review. Jump When Ready is an interesting take on the afterlife of a teenage boy who accidentally drowned. Sitting in a tree occupied by other teens hardly feels like being dead, but that's what Henry is - dead. Yet, Henry can talk to the other deceased teens, travel to places just by imagining being there, and he can see the world of the "living" as if he never left. The only thing he cannot do is to communicate with the living an [...]

    16. I really didn't mean to read it in one sitting, but the suspense started early and stayed until the end. "Jump When Ready" manages to tell a story that involves drowning, kidnapping and suicide without being sad and still maintaining respect. The supernatural gives it a little edge, the humor keeps it light, the suspense keeps it moving and the character development and interactions keep it engaging. I also enjoyed reading the basic "teenage-ness" applied to a group of kids from different decade [...]

    17. Jump When Ready grabs you by the shirt collar right from the start. I cared immediately about the story and the characters; and couldn’t wait to join their journey. A quick-paced and fully engaging read that leaves you wanting. More! More! More! These wonderful children “in-between” with their real-life challenges, witty banter, heroics and emotional insights will be with me for a long time to come. A thought-provoking take on life after life. Jump When Ready closes generation gaps, shorte [...]

    18. I really enjoyed this book, I couldn't put it down, lovely concept to it. It would be nice to think that this is what happens to you when you die, sorry I mean when you are "between lives" I got this book free in exchange for a review and I can honestly say I would've happily paid for it now that I've read it. I will be looking out for this author now, it would be nice if there was more books following this story! Please write a sequel :)

    19. This book was absolutely amazing! I loved how despite it's somewhat depressing storyline about death/suicide and kidnapping, the book itself was very light and really a joy to read. I hated having to put it down to do other stuff! I got so engrossed and was cheering on Henry as he tried to navigate his situation and help his sister at the same time. The ending had me tearing up. I'm so glad I read this book.

    20. David Pandolfe takes death and gives you a whole new way to look at it. When 14 year old Henry dies he doesn't end up quite where he expected. He finds himself in a tree surrounded by a cast of colorful characters. They embark on a journey to save Henry's sister Bethany, but what can of group of kids between life do? Can they really help her? This is an amazingly fast paced book that you are not going to want to miss!

    21. A fascinating world, lovable characters and a nail-biter story, what else can one ask for in a novel? David Pandolfe took a situation that I would have assumed to be sad and terrifying and turned it into a surprisingly thought-provoking and upbeat page-turner. What a great read!

    22. This book has a very interesting take on death. It's a fast but very engaging read. I was on the edge of my seat for a lot of it, especially near the end. Extremely well-written. Can't wait to read the next two books.

    23. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that the other 9 reviews were written by friends and family of the author.

    24. This was a quick read and as the main characters here are all teens, it felt very "teen" to me. It was a little hard to take seriously. Several teen ghosts hanging out together, it turns out they all have special abilities (one can move things, one can talk to the living, one can be seen by the living, one can hear the livings thoughts). This all comes in handy when Henry's sister is kidnapped (being held for ransom). With their ghostly powers, I'm surprised it takes as long as it does to rescu [...]

    25. Despite the thematically dark subject matter, this book is simple and sweet, with a power of friendship theme. I found it a little preachy at times narratively and revealing that one of the girls is Asian by describing her kimono rather than just saying it was kind of weird but overall I'd recommend. Teenage ghost is kind of a theme that's been done a lot before but there's some really neat original ideas in this book.

    26. Very interesting readNot my usual genre but I enjoyed it. Author made a normally depressing topic both enjoyable and believable. I was very surprised in that I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next and how. Would recommend.

    27. Terribly mindless literature Not a very enthralling book and to be honest I have no idea how I acquired it but read it to pass some time. Very juvenile storyline and far fetched ideas of what being in the afterlife should be. I won’t read anything else by this author.

    28. So, I know I choose to read YA (even kids' books) as an adult but this came up short. I think the story was fine but it seemed to me to be overly dialogue. I think its audience would be around about 12-14.

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