The books was told in the POV of Henry a young man who miss judged what
he was doing and got it a situation that caused him to drown.
Sadly his family believes he killed himself but really he was between lives.
He tried very hard to get in contact with his family to explain to them what happened
but he was causing more heartache then good. Suddenly his sister is kidnapped
and Henry is now on a mission to save her before it’s to late.
I will admit that the beginning of the book is a little frustrating because it seems that all the other kids in the “after life” wont explain to him what was going on. As the book moves along I really started to understand more and the characters in the books all had great personalities keeping you reading until 1:30 in the morning (oh wait that was just me) 🙂
You can really feel Henry’s pain as he watch his families lives turn upside down
and how desperate he was to have his friends help him.
This is one of those books that really makes you think about what is really after this life
and the way it’s explained in this book I really liked it. Having a little bit of what you are used to with you while you are waiting for your next time around.
I had a hard time writing this review not wanting to give a lot away.
I think this was a great story. I personally have never read anything like it. Original
and well put together. Looking forward to read more from David Pandolfe
I would completely recommend this book…..it is really a great read.
David Pandolfe has been a bartender in Seattle, the front man for an alternative rock band in Los Angeles and a college writing teacher in Richmond (among other things).
One day, it occurred to him that sometimes these experiences felt like completely different lives altogether. Which got him to writing Jump When Ready, a novel about of bunch of teenagers trying to get over their past lives while getting ready to jump into their next.
While he’s still writing about himself in third person, David Pandolfe should probably mention that at one point he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has had short stories published in Millennium and the Georgetown Review. Jump When Ready is his first YA novel but he’s currently working on another, to be released in the fall of 2013.