In the afterlife, Henry has remained with the same group of teenagers and he keeps wondering why. After all, what could he possibly have in common with a Mohawk-sporting punker from the 80s, a roller skater from the 70s with a thing for kimonos, and an English "rocker" from the 60s? Add to that, Henry can hear the other groups but he never sees them. Soon, Henry learns that his new friends all possess unique skills for making themselves noticed by the living. Is his group kept isolated because of their abilities? If so, are they considered gifted or seen only as a potential bad influence?
Before he can reach any conclusions, Henry witnesses his sister being kidnapped. He knows who did it, where she's being held and what will happen if the kidnappers don't get what they want. As the police chase false leads, Henry comes to realize that he's his sister's only hope. But for him to even have a chance, Henry first has to convince a group of teenagers that dead doesn't mean helpless.
"A fun read with endearing characters and a quick-moving plot. Jump When Ready is not a book to miss." - Portland Book Review
"The combination of coming-of-age, philosophical and thriller story comes together to make a fascinating and engaging book." -The Real Bookshelves of Room 918
"Jump When Ready had a great paranormal twist added to it. I appreciated the subtlety of it more than anything else, the idea of ghosts and haunting doesn't play as big a role as trust, self-realization, and essentially, coming-of-age, even if it is after death." - Bound By Words
"An engaging, poignant book that stayed with me long after I read the last word." —Tracy E. Banghart, author of Rebel Wing
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 a 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 an MFA degree in Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University (yet another life).