The majority of 'Jumped' is told over the course of one day in an inner-city high school. Through alternating chapters in the voices of three teenage girls - Trina, bouncy, confident, and artistic; Dominique, an angry basketball player; and Leticia, gossipy and afraid - the story of an average day builds to a jump. Trina has unwittingly offended Dominique, who plans on jumping her in the parking lot after school. Leticia knows Dominique's plans, and knows that Trina doesn't know, but because of laziness and fear doesn't tell Trina.
Jumped is a quick read full of anticipation for the reader who is waiting for the fight and its consequences. The voices of the three girls are convincing and authentic, and Williams-Garcia manages to fully develop the girls as characters, which in the multiple narrative and novella formats can be difficult. Not a book for those who like their endings wrapped up neatly, but a great one for conversation.