Jump by Michel Sauret is a story about faith. Faith in God, faith in yourself, and faith in the people around you. Ever since he was a little boy, Christopher’s parents made him jump from a tree…yes, that’s right, an actual tree, and every year they would make him jump from a higher spot on the tree. This was supposed to test his faith, and it did.
Until one day when he jumps and breaks his leg. Now that his leg is broken, it seems like his faith is depleting. He and his father are beginning to grow apart, and he’s starting to realize things in the world that he never thought about before-like sex. Ever since that last fall, he’s been on a path to ruin, and he wants to try anything he can to get out of that downward spiral.
Christopher goes to college, and hopes that this will be his revival, but unfortunately it’s not. He can’t seem to find what he’s looking for, and this whole book is about his search for a higher power and the meaning behind our lives. I found myself loving this book, and hating it at the same time. I hated that I was getting pissed off at Christopher for the things he was doing, and I was getting upset that he couldn’t find his way back to the faith that he had as a child. To be honest though, that is the work of a great writer, to make you feel as if you know this character and have emotions invested in them, that shows true talent.
If you are into faith based books, then this is definitely one that you are going to want to read. I really enjoyed it, and it will make you see how far a person can go, and how deep they can get, and their desire to find what they are looking for is the ultimate test. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. A real deep and poignant novel. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.