Jump by Ginger Rue (ARC)
Publication Date: September 14, 2010
Received from: Around the World Tours
Summary (from goodreads):
High school junior Brinkley Harper is beautiful, wealthy, admired, and powerful-until the day she wakes up in the body of a classmate she wouldn't be caught dead hanging out with.
Goth girl Miranda is everything Brinkley isn't: she won't leave the house in anything but black, her family life is in tatters, she's practically invisible at school, and she's hiding a dark secret. As Brinkley experiences Miranda's life from the inside out, she's forced to consider the world from a very different point-of-view. But this won't be Brinkley's last "jump," and each time she lives a day in another classmates body, Brinkley not only begins to feel empathy for others, she also begins to glimpse the fears, vulnerabilities and disappointments behind her own perfect facade. By experiencing the world as somebody else, Brinkley may finally learn to understand herself.
A contemporary fantasy featuring a gutsy heroine and fast-paced action, Jump explored the transformation of a girl who never knew she needed one.
Lets face the truth, Brinkley is one of the meanest and most unlikable characters I have ever read about in a book. But that was the point-so the author displayed this character really well. Brinkley is popular, rich and everyone knows it. She would never hang out with the less than popular group and she doesn't care about showing her mean side. Everyone hates her or fears her but she doesn't care. That is until she wakes up in another girls body. She can't stand Miranda, the goth girl at school, and she can't stand being in her body either. But soon she realizes that Miranda's home life is anything but normal and that not everyone is what they seem on the outside.
I guess you could say that Brinkley learns and grows a lot up until the end of the book, but I didn't feel any sympathy for her and didn't really care about her. The book was pretty funny though and I loved reading about what Brinkley had to do when she was in Miranda's body-like finding her locker and figuring out the combination for the lock.
Will I reread it?
Probably not, but I did enjoy the book. I'm kind of sick of the whole mean girl character because it's so overdone but Brinkley takes it to a whole new level. I would recommend this book to fans of the movie: Freaky Friday.