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Jersey Angel

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I loved this book - an enjoyable, addictive read (I've read it t

I loved this book - an enjoyable, addictive read (I've read it twice). Bold, sexy, good-spirited, page-turning, cleanly written, with many charming touches (I’m a fan of food details and authentic settings) and wonderful characters, most notably Angel, a girl who,...
I loved this book - an enjoyable, addictive read (I've read it twice). Bold, sexy, good-spirited, page-turning, cleanly written, with many charming touches (I’m a fan of food details and authentic settings) and wonderful characters, most notably Angel, a girl who, refreshingly, likes sex and isn't conflicted about it. I’m struck by how truly revolutionary the book is, creating an emotionally spacious world where characters accept each others’ foibles as they come to terms with their situations and relationships. Even when she has casual sex with her best friend's boyfriend, Angel is self-aware and confident in her sexuality, while being sure to protect her best friend, whom she truly cares about. There is nothing mean spirited in this book, yet it poses complex questions. (The situation may elicit a knee-jerk reaction from those who think in moral platitudes without an appreciation of subtler nuances.) The author takes risks in departing from formulaic PC messages to write something far more interesting. Jersey Angel is a pleasure to read, sometimes quite funny and always surprising. One of my favorite lines: "Nature is sexy, and that makes me think God is alive and has very good taste."

posted by MinonaWriter on June 3, 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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