Two teenagers, strangers to each other, have decided to jump from the same bridge at the same time. But what results is far from straightforward in this absorbing, honest lifesaver from acclaimed author Bill Konigsberg.
Aaron and Tillie don't know each other, but they are both feeling suicidal, and arrive at the George Washington Bridge at the same time, intending to jump. Aaron is a gay misfit struggling with depression and loneliness. Tillie isn't sure what her problem is - only that she will never be good enough.
On the bridge, there are four things that could happen:
Aaron jumps and Tillie doesn't.
Tillie jumps and Aaron doesn't.
They both jump.
Neither of them jumps.
Or maybe all four things happen, in this astonishing and insightful novel from Bill Konigsberg
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the third section lost me
this book is broken up into 3 sections, the first barely held my Interest and when the narrator did the singing (more like screeching) parts I almost gave up. the second section was great, I really loved all the characters in that story and that part alone would have gotten 5 stars from me but then the third section which both jumps back and forth between what would have happened if they both survived and what would have happened if they both died while simultaneously jumping huge amounts of time into the future completly lost me. even if I could have followed it and knew what was going on I think the futuristic setting would have ruined it for me because it really didnt feel like it fit into the rest of the book. the narrator was pretty good except for those singing parts that had me ripping my headphones out.
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