recently mentioned that I love when novels have multiple narrators. I should add the caveat that I want to like (or at least be interested in) the characters. None of the three narrators in Jumped are worth the few hours that it took me to read it.
Jumped relates a day in the life of Dominique (a psychopathic basketball player), Trina (a conceited, hyperactive artist), and Leticia (a gossip who sits back and watches as Dominique prepares to jump Trina for an imagined insult). The story builds confusingly to the inevitable conclusion, leaving the reader shrugging her shoulders and tossing the book to the side.
Two things shocked me: this book was a National Book Award finalist and Rita Williams-Garcia took four years to write it. Jumped won't be joining my school library, not because it is racy or inappropriate, but because it is not worth my students' time.