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October 28th, 2010

Cross-Bloggination with Danielle from There’s a Book

by Gwen

It’s that time again! Can you believe another month has already come and gone? It’s unbelievable!

Well, thanks to the fabulous Lydia at The Lost Entwife (the brains behind "Cross-Bloggination"), I get to chat a little bit more about a book that moved me beyond almost any other than I’ve read. My choice this month…Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde.

Jumpstart the World is a book all about making changes, and impacting the lives of others for good. A fictional story based in a world of reality, of fear and discrimination that revolves around the life of a young girl with a flighty mother. Elle is suddenly dumped in her own apartment with her "own" things after her mother’s rash decision to follow the desires of her relatively new boyfriend. Problem…Elle is still in high school and not even a legal age to be on her own yet. Instead of seeing this as a problem, her mother looks at this as a grand new adventure and ignores the feelings of her only daughter. Once alone, Elle finds new friends and slowly comes to many of the realizations that so many do after being on your own for the first time, but decides…it’s time to make a change.

This book is by far one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. Not only is the writing impeccable, but the story is absolutely compelling. Elle’s first encounter with anyone besides her mother in her new apartment is a man who lives down the hall, Frank. Frank happens to be transgender, but this is something that Elle doesn’t see until much much later in the book. Outside of Frank the only other person she feels she can trust is a new friend from school, Wilbur. They both help her to see the importance of the relationships we have and the lives of those in the world.

Truly, I could go on and on about this book. Jumpstart the World is about love. It’s about showing others they have value and that no matter what someone may say about them it’s who they are that is important. In a world torn up by so many issues, especially those dealing with the LGBT community and teens this is a book everyone should read. From teens who will find comfort and strength in it’s pages to adults who will be reminded of the importance of the individual, you don’t want to miss this fantastic addition to Catherine Ryan Hyde’s writing.

Thank you so much to the always wonderful Gwen for hosting me today! If any of your readers are interested I have reviewed and am giving away 2 Signed copies of Jumpstart the World on my site and I’d love to have them enter. Thank you again!