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Jersey Angel

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

This is a beautiful, unusual book featuring a female protagonist

This is a beautiful, unusual book featuring a female protagonist who we haven't seen before, but who very much exists. Bauman's prose is fresh and zingy, and her anti-heroine, Angel, is a sassy, sexy 17-year old looking for meaning and identity in early love, as so many...
This is a beautiful, unusual book featuring a female protagonist who we haven't seen before, but who very much exists. Bauman's prose is fresh and zingy, and her anti-heroine, Angel, is a sassy, sexy 17-year old looking for meaning and identity in early love, as so many girls do. It's an uncanny rendering of female adolescence and explores many of the pivotal physical and emotional moments experienced by girls this age whose worlds are small, but who are worldly beyond their years. I zipped through this book because it is a good summer read, redolent with all the sounds, smells and languid moods of the season, but it is also more layered than that. It's a bittersweet, poignant story because you can see Angel making choices that will perhaps affect the rest of her life. The idea the book essentially explores, as far as I could tell, is how girls can balance freedom of choice and sexual pleasure with moral boundaries and social judgment. Part coming of age, part cautionary tale, Angel will strike a chord with readers whether they approve of her or not. If you like your YA female leads to be pure as snow, look elsewhere. Bauman stretches the conventions of this genre with a real live girl who knows what she wants and enjoys it...but is that good for her and those around her? A bonus of this book is the sensitively-drawn male characters who are fleshed out with understanding and understatement. As an adult I enjoyed this book, and if I were to recommend it to a younger female reader I would want to know her opinion of Angel's unencumbered sexuality and how her moral choices will impact her later in life. Angel is nicely counterpointed with Inggy, clearly the girl most likely to succeed, and Angel's mother, still trying to find her place in life, so any feelings that the book itself proposes leading adolescent girls astray is really not valid. In fact, the book could spark very productive discussions among both genders of this age group.

posted by Mez123 on July 22, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I was really looking forward to Jersey Angel, but I had my doubt

I was really looking forward to Jersey Angel, but I had my doubts when the word “Jersey Shore” was linked to this book. I really do NOT like that reality tv show and its people but I still hoped it would be a fun, summer read. Boy, was I wrong. This book has...
I was really looking forward to Jersey Angel, but I had my doubts when the word “Jersey Shore” was linked to this book. I really do NOT like that reality tv show and its people but I still hoped it would be a fun, summer read. Boy, was I wrong. This book has nothing to do with anything except Angel getting it on with every guy she ever made eye contact with, and get this, she is PROUD of that. I mean, setting aside how wrong this is and the message it sends, I don’t think this is YA material in my opinion. I mean if you are looking for the moral of the story? I don’t think there is any, because for one, there is no character development, the Angel (yea that’s her name) at the beginning of the book, is the same one at the end, oh but she’s even worse. She somehow found it in her mind that it is fine to cheat with her best friend’s boyfriend AS LONG as she ’didn’t find out, because if you look at it 30 years from now, we will all be laughing at the time I cheated with her boyfriend’. Yes, I summed up her mentality regarding cheating.
Oh, can I point out she is only 16? There was a scene in the football field where she looks at all the guys she has slept with one by one as if she’s ticking off a checklist and you sense that THIS is her accomplishment and goal in life. This book is wrong in so many ways, I definitely wouldn’t want my younger sister to read this and see how frivolous the protagonist is and how this book was one step away from being an adult book. There is even an explicit scene between her and her best friend’s boyfriend. I really can’t stress how misleading the synopsis is and how wrong the message sends about what normal life for girls of that age.
Overall I did not enjoy this book one bit, I actually have a lot of problems with the overall ‘moral’ of the story and what it is trying to teach the young adult community, which if some may have forgotten, DOES contain YOUNG adults, and not just us old people who still read YA. I am really disappointed in this book and honestly wouldn’t be recommending it to anyone at all.

posted by majibookshelf on May 10, 2012

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    I was really looking forward to Jersey Angel, but I had my doubt

    I was really looking forward to Jersey Angel, but I had my doubts when the word “Jersey Shore” was linked to this book. I really do NOT like that reality tv show and its people but I still hoped it would be a fun, summer read. Boy, was I wrong. This book has nothing to do with anything except Angel getting it on with every guy she ever made eye contact with, and get this, she is PROUD of that. I mean, setting aside how wrong this is and the message it sends, I don’t think this is YA material in my opinion. I mean if you are looking for the moral of the story? I don’t think there is any, because for one, there is no character development, the Angel (yea that’s her name) at the beginning of the book, is the same one at the end, oh but she’s even worse. She somehow found it in her mind that it is fine to cheat with her best friend’s boyfriend AS LONG as she ’didn’t find out, because if you look at it 30 years from now, we will all be laughing at the time I cheated with her boyfriend’. Yes, I summed up her mentality regarding cheating.
    Oh, can I point out she is only 16? There was a scene in the football field where she looks at all the guys she has slept with one by one as if she’s ticking off a checklist and you sense that THIS is her accomplishment and goal in life. This book is wrong in so many ways, I definitely wouldn’t want my younger sister to read this and see how frivolous the protagonist is and how this book was one step away from being an adult book. There is even an explicit scene between her and her best friend’s boyfriend. I really can’t stress how misleading the synopsis is and how wrong the message sends about what normal life for girls of that age.
    Overall I did not enjoy this book one bit, I actually have a lot of problems with the overall ‘moral’ of the story and what it is trying to teach the young adult community, which if some may have forgotten, DOES contain YOUNG adults, and not just us old people who still read YA. I am really disappointed in this book and honestly wouldn’t be recommending it to anyone at all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 21, 2012

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    Posted September 4, 2012

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