Jersey Angel

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It's the summer before senior year and the alluring Angel is ready to have fun. She's not like her best friend, Inggy, who has a steady boyfriend, good grades, and college plans. Angel isn't sure what she wants to do yet, but she has confidence and experience beyond her years. Still, her summer doesn't start out as planned. Her good friend Joey doesn't want to fool around anymore, he wants to be her boyfriend, while Angel doesn't want to be tied down. As Joey pulls away, and Inggy tours colleges, Angel finds ...
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Overview

It's the summer before senior year and the alluring Angel is ready to have fun. She's not like her best friend, Inggy, who has a steady boyfriend, good grades, and college plans. Angel isn't sure what she wants to do yet, but she has confidence and experience beyond her years. Still, her summer doesn't start out as planned. Her good friend Joey doesn't want to fool around anymore, he wants to be her boyfriend, while Angel doesn't want to be tied down. As Joey pulls away, and Inggy tours colleges, Angel finds herself  spending more time with Inggy's boyfriend, Cork. With its cast of vivid and memorable characters, this tale from the Jersey shore is sure to make some waves.
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Editorial Reviews

Jessica Wakeman
It's all too easy for adults who write for adolescent girls to caricature their subjects…But some young adult authors, most notably Judy Blume, respectfully develop nuanced teenage characters who are capable of doing more than furthering a story line. In Jersey Angel, an intimate coming-of-age story, Beth Ann Bauman's portrayal of Angel Cassonetti, a 17-year-old girl who controls and enjoys her sexuality, manages this feat. Though Angel is the prototypical pretty high schooler of young adult literature, Bauman…successfully humanizes her. In the process, she creates a delicate and very real story about the way a teenage girl grows up—and in certain ways, apart, from her mother.
—The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly
Bauman (Rosie and Skate) returns to the Jersey shore for her second YA novel, an acutely intimate portrait of a girl’s efforts to better understand herself and her relationships. The summer before her senior year, Angel Cassonetti is enjoying her freedom. Her family owns three houses on the shore, two of which they rent out to the tourist “bennies” who swarm the area every summer. Angel spends her days hanging out with friends and her half-siblings and working at her father’s marina gas station. Nights, she bikes over to her ex Joey’s window, trying to get back with him after she’s rebuffed him one too many times. While her best friend Inggy goes on college tours, Angel, whose sexual self-confidence contrasts with her insecurity about her future, has a steamy fling with Inggy’s boyfriend, Cork. “It won’t count,” she tells him after they have sex for the first time, during a boating trip. “I want it to count,” he replies. One can almost smell salt and sunscreen in the air in this soulful and insightful coming-of-age story. Ages 14–up. Agent: Tina Bennett, Janklow & Nesbit. (May)
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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, March 19, 2012:
“One can almost smell salt and sunscreen in the air in this soulful and insightful coming-of-age story.”

Review, The New York Times Book Review, May 13, 2012:
“Whatever the resolution to Angel’s story, it is clear that with Bauman— whether she’s Judy Blume’s successor or not—the genre is in good hands.”

VOYA - Paula Brehm Heeger
Beautiful seventeen-year-old Angel Cassonetti does not take much about her life seriously. Living with her twice-divorced, boyfriend-seeking mother and two younger half-siblings during the summer months and next door to them during the non-tourist season in another home her family owns, Angel has freedom and privacy to do what she wants. And doing what she wants is what Angel does. Her on-again/off-again boyfriend, Joey, has had enough of Angel's games and ends their relationship once and for all, but Angel does not go wanting for male attention. She promptly begins an affair with her long-time best friend's boyfriend, Cork. Because they can end things whenever they want to, Angel determines all of their sex and secrets "don't count." The reader can certainly see Angel's point as it is hard to tell exactly what is intended to "count" in this stream of consciousness-style book centered on a vapid, shallow high school senior. The meandering narrative might be more engaging if Angel were not a distinctly unlikeable individual. Her emotional inaccessibility permeates the story, making it hard to care with whom she has sex or if she is more upset about the results of the Miss Merry Christmas contest or the birth of a stillborn child by a friend. With some frank sexual discussions and references, this title may be of interest to older high school girls looking for an edgier coming-of-age read that does not require much thought or critical thinking. Reviewer: Paula Brehm Heeger
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Angel Cassonetti exists in the moment. Given a lot of freedom by her mother, the 17-year-old lives by herself in one of her family's Jersey Shore rental properties during the off-season, but she drinks and hooks up even when she's living with her family during the summer. She's never really paid attention in school or worried much about the future, unlike her friend Inggy, who's college-bound. But the summer before her senior year, when Inggy leaves for college visits and Angel's longtime, on-again-off-again boyfriend, Joey, says it's off for good, she finds herself wondering what comes next—and getting much too close to Inggy's boyfriend, Cork. While seemingly aimed at fans of raunchy reality television, this novel is Jersey Shore with heart. Bauman sometimes trips with awkward, scattered dialogue, and most of her secondary characters are stereotypes (the flighty mother, the perfect best friend, the sensitive ex-boyfriend), but Angel herself grows from flat to nuanced. Readers looking for a role model won't find it in her, but as she sees the effects of her freewheeling lifestyle (she's embarrassed by her failed attempt to take the SATs, hurt by classmates imagining her in a dead-end job after high school, and horrified after she discovers her mother kissing Cork), she promises herself that, "when I'm Mom's age, I'm going to know when to stop being a girl," and then realizes that her maturation must start now. Through it all, Angel remains her own person, independent, unashamed of enjoying sex, and determined to find her own way.—Gretchen Kolderup, New Canaan Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Six months in the life of a proudly sex-positive 17-year-old from the Jersey Shore (but definitely not Jersey Shore). Angel Cassonetti's life is based on two things: her exquisite awareness of and facility at wielding her sex appeal, and her close, almost sisterly friendship with Inggy Olofsson. Pale and blond, studious and monogamous with her longtime boyfriend Cork, Inggy stands in sharp contrast to the easily tanned, curly brunette, scholastically blasé and sexually precocious Angel. When Angel's longtime on-again, off-again boyfriend Joey tells her he's done playing games--"I don't want to sleep around. I want to sleep with my girlfriend"--she finds herself drifting through the summer before senior year. She begins a potentially explosive secret fling that she can't quite find a way out of, though she tells herself "I can stop it anytime. And I will. It's not cool. It just isn't." School begins anew, and Angel is forced to confront her future. How long will this secret relationship continue? What comes after graduation, if her carefree approach to school has made college a no-go for now? Aided by a strong evocation of the tourist-driven rhythms of life on the Central Jersey Shore and a satisfyingly complicated, modern protagonist, this quick read will please readers looking for both nuance and heat in their beach books. (Fiction. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385740210
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 633,152
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

BETH ANN BAUMAN is the author of Beautiful Girls, a short story collection for adults, Rosie and Skate, and is the recipient of a New York Foundaton for the Arts Fellowship. Growing up, she spent summers on the Jersey shore. She lives in New York City.
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Jersey Angel


By Beth Ann Bauman

Wendy Lamb Books

Copyright © 2012 Beth Ann Bauman
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780385908283

chapter 1

A whiff of seaweed blows in the window from across the bay, and the bed fills with sunlight. I reach for my sunglasses and have myself a long stretch. Maybe tonight will be a good time to see Joey, patch things up, and put a sweet ending on the day.

The screen door squeaks, feet dash up the stairs, and the kids charge into my room—­Mossy with a meatball on a fork and Mimi sloshing Coke from a glass loaded with cubes, just the way I like it.

“Happy birthday!” Mimi shouts, plunking the wet glass on the dresser and jumping into bed with me.

Mossy hands me the fork. “I couldn’t decide. Heated up or not.”

“Cold is de-­lish,” I say, sitting up and taking a nibble. What service.

“Gimme.” Mimi reaches for my sunglasses. She slips them on, curls on my pillow, and stares up at me. “Oh, I wish I was seventeen.”

“You’ll get there,” I tell her. Mimi’s short for Mimosa. She’s ten. Mossy’s eight. Mom was married to Tofu Bart when she had them, which should explain the names, and by the way, that’s Mimosa as in the flowering tree, not the champagne cocktail.

Mossy hands me a leftover valentine with hearts and Be Mine in big loopy letters. On the back he’s written Angel, treat yourself to something special and taped three dollar bills.

“Oh, my little man,” I say, throwing an arm around him. He smiles shyly, dropping his eyes.

“I didn’t make a card,” Mimi says. “And I’m broke, but I have a cheer.” She gets my shakers from the closet and stands at the foot of the bed in a purple bikini with a dirty white boa looped around her neck. She stamps her foot and waves the shakers.

“Angel is pretty!

Angel is great!

Angel is my sister

And she goes on dates!

Angel has a birthday

And we’ll have a cake—­chocolate!

Angel has boobs

And they’re not fake.”

She crashes to the floor in a split.

“Oh brother,” Mossy says.

“Who has fake ones?” I say, chewing.

“Nefertiti’s mom. She just got them. They’re bazoombas.” Mimi crawls back in bed. “So, you like it? On a scale from one to ten?”

“Loved it. Nine.”

She stretches out on the bed and sighs. “If I was seventeen then I could do anything I want. Date boys and be mean to them when I feel like it and nice to them when I feel like it . . .”

“Why do you want to be mean to them?” I say.

She tilts her head. “Because!”

“I’m not mean to guys,” I tell her. I take a sip of cold, fizzy Coke. Bliss.

“But you break up with Joey Sardone.”

Mossy leans over and takes a bite of my meatball.

“Not because I’m mean. Because we need a little break now and then to spice things up.”

She closes her eyes dramatically, and her cheeks grow rosy. “Oh, I want to spice things up!”

“Angel,” Mom yells.

I lift the screen and hang out the window. She’s standing in front of the house in a lime bikini top and jean shorts, holding a bucket and mop. She has a bandana tied around her hair.

“Happy birthday, kiddo.” She shades her eyes. “How is it you’re seventeen? That practically makes me an old goat.”

“Hardly, Ma,” I say.

She shrugs. “Gravity’s getting the best of me.” Here we go. The truth is, with her long, dark hair, dark eyes, and upturned mouth, she looks kind of like a forty-­year-­old Kim Kardashian. We all look like Mom, especially Mimi. “Okay, cake later. Now we work.”

“I hate to clean!” Mimi yells, squeezing in next to me at the window.

“Me too!” Mossy whines.

“You think I like it?” Mom says. “We’ll do it fast. Let’s go. Mossy, where are my rubber gloves? Were you using them again for one of your experiments? Go find them.”

He rolls off the bed and trudges downstairs.

We own three houses on the Jersey shore. Every summer we rent out two to some of the tourists who descend on our little barrier island like a stampede, which means we pile together under one roof. During the off-­seasons, at least, we get to spread out and breathe. Mossy and Mimi live with Mom in the House, and I get my own place.

But now it’s time to clear out. I grab a Walgreens bag and start unloading my drawers—­bikinis, panties, bras, tanks, shorts, jeans. I throw it all in. I wad up my sheets and blanket and shove them in too.

Yup, we have three houses. My grandfather, Pop, bought the House years ago; then he won the Next-­Door House in a poker game, or so the story goes, and old Mr. Zimmerman, who was a little in love with Mom, or a lot, apparently, left her the Corner House—­my house. So three in a row, overlooking the bay. The moolah we make by renting has to last the rest of the year because Mom isn’t cut out for nine-to-five, or so she says.

“Here. Help.” I throw Mimi my duffel bag. “Take the closet.”

She steps into my spiky sandals and admires herself. “Fierce.”

I empty the medicine cabinet into a shopping bag—­undereye concealer, eight tubes of lip gloss, hair gel, Tylenol, a couple of condom packets, and my birth control pills. In the bag it goes. I squeeze out toothpaste and brush my teeth as I chuck in shampoo, soap, three kinds of conditioner, a loofah, and a razor.

Mimi puts a sundress on over her bikini and swirls in front of the mirror. “Oh, I wish I was you . . . but still me.”

“So basically you?” I spit in the sink and toss the toothbrush and paste into the bag.

“Basically.” She teeters over in the sandals and looks up at me, her eyes all dark pupils. “Is it exciting to be you?”

I swish out my mouth with a handful of water. “What a question, Meems. Is it exciting to be you?”

“No,” she whines. “I don’t wear mascara. Or have a best friend like Inggy Olofsson. I basically hang out with Nefertiti. We just eat Popsicles and watch TV. I’m too pretty to be so boring.” She lets out a tiny sigh and collapses to the closet floor.

“You’re such a snot-­nose,” I tell her.

She tips her face up to me. “I can’t help it.”

“Sure you can. Hang in there.” I lean over her and start dropping clothes off the hangers, some of them raining down on her head. “One day boys will come a-­knocking and everything else too. And then there’ll be no look- ing back.”

“How exciting,” she whispers.

Have I been excited in a while? Maybe not. Maybe I’m due.

Continues...

Excerpted from Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman Copyright © 2012 by Beth Ann Bauman. Excerpted by permission of Wendy Lamb Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    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 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.

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

    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, 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."

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    It was such a pleasure to read a book with real, believable teen

    It was such a pleasure to read a book with real, believable teenage characters. The protagonist, Angel, is complex and interesting, and I was fully engrossed in her story. She behaves true to her age, but in an unexpected way. I thought the portrayal of her relationship with her best friend was very well done. Also, great dialogue throughout. For anyone looking for an atypical teenage story, I recommend Beth Ann Bauman’s Jersey Angel.

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    Good, juicy read.

    Good, juicy read.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    Interesting but a little too explicit

    This book is really not like anything I've read lately in YA lit. It is both refreshing and disturbing. Refreshing, because the main characters voice is so clear. Disturbing, because it is so sexually explicit and, at times, shocking. Angel is not really your typical YA protagonist. At 17 she lives away from her family in her own house and pretty much does what she wants. She drinks, smokes weed and sleeps around casually with really no thoughts of the consequences (she says throughout the book that she gave up smoking four years earlier, apparently pot doesn't count). These are not normally traits that a parent would want their teenager reading about. However, coming from an adult's perspective they make for an interesting and thought-provoking read. Angel's voice seems very genuine throughout the book, you really feel that you can see how her thought process works and while she isn't a very likable character most of the time, she can be a sympathetic character. I sort of liked that the author didn't make excuses for Angel's behavior because, well, there really isn't one. Angel acts how she wants to regardless of how it effects other people. While this isn't a desirable trait in a human being, it is true that some people behave this way and it is interesting to see inside the mind of such a person. I also liked that the "Jersey Shore culture" is explored without being mocked. There is no Snookie, no fist pumping, and while there are various "situations" The Situation is thankfully absent. This book is serious without being message-y and I liked that.

    Now lets talk about the controversy, and there is plenty of controversy, surrounding this book. Basically there are a lot of people who are concerned with the explicit sexual nature of this novel. There are several scenes in the book that were gasp-worthy, not because of what was actually happening, but because of the language that was used to describe it and the casual attitude with which it was approached. I get it, teenagers have sex, and I think that the topic is certainly fair game. However, I also think that the topic should be approached in a responsible manner and that the vocabulary used, while it doesn't need to be clinical, also doesn't need to sound like the dialogue from an "adult" film. I mean seriously.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    Fun and stylish. Snappy, engaging writing. Complex characters

    Fun and stylish. Snappy, engaging writing. Complex characters and situations. Both light and provocative. I really liked this book and would recommend it to both older teens and adults.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    I enjoyed Jersey Angel...Just like Rosie & Skate, I liked An

    I enjoyed Jersey Angel...Just like Rosie & Skate, I liked Angel's worldliness beyond her years, her feistiness, but also her vulnerability...but at the same time, she can be a bit of an uncomfortable heroine.
    As I was reading the Jersey Angel, I was reminded of Maeve Binchy, who is one of the biggest selling authors in Ireland and the UK...Her characters were more black and white...either lovely or almost impossible to root for...Jersey Angel felt like that place in the middle, where you didn't know how you would feel about Angel from one page to the next.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. On the surface, it's a fun, fast re

    I really enjoyed this book. On the surface, it's a fun, fast read with lotsa lively details like skinny dipping at midnight and a sexy romp on a boat. But there's also a more serious story about figuring out the next steps in life and growing up. Angel has led a carefree, sexually adventurous life all through h.s. Now in senior year, she's forced to figure out whats next and in doing so makes some serious mistakes. I really like books like this that combine charm with more thoughtful issues. And Angel is a refreshing character. She's not punished for being sexual, which alot of teen books do it seems to me. Adults will enjoy this book too. I'm in my thirties and gobbled it up.

    To all you peeps who think this will be a <i>Jersey Shore</i>
    kind-of book--its definately not so don't worry. The bikini bod and the word &quot;Jersey&quot; in the title are misleading.

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    Posted May 21, 2012

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    Not good!

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

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    An entertaining and fast read with little heart.

    Well. I’ll say this: Angel is not your typical young adult protagonist! She is saucy and opinionated and not afraid to do what it takes to get what she wants. She likes sex and goes after it when and where she feels like it, no matter who the boy may be (or may be dating). So now not only have I described the main character, I have also just described the plot. Not kidding.

    Seriously, there was very little plot to speak of. The novel simply covers Angel’s summer. There was no big mystery (other than how many people she’d sleep with before the end of the book), drama or climax (ha, I made a pun). The book just coasted along, following Angel’s days as she dealt with her not-as-horny-as-her ex, her best friend, her best friend’s boyfriend and various other characters that popped up occasionally.

    Her mother was a hippie with extremely lax parenting ideals (Angel lived in her own house during the winters). Her best friend was wispy in both looks and personality. Her “bed” buddy was a pathetic hanger-on. Her best friend’s boyfriend was an asshat. Her other friend was a drunken waste case. This book was just full of mostly one dimensional characters with no real redeeming qualities. I never grew to care for any of them, though I liked how Angel matured near the end of the book.

    The dialogue was peppered with sex talk, cussing and lots of Jersey slang, though none of it was hard to get. Everyone talked like real people, nothing fake or stilted. There was a lot of sex in this book, but I wouldn’t call any of it hot, romantic or even very sweet.

    The cover is okay. It’s definitely appropriate for the attitude of the book, very light and free. I’m just not a big fan of the bikini covered butt. I wouldn’t really want to read it in public.

    As reviewed by The Busy Bibliophile.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

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    I¿m just ¿eh¿ about Jersey Angel

    I’ll be honest. I’m struggling to find words to explain my thoughts on Jersey Angel. I read it. I didn’t like it much. I didn’t think it was completely horrible since I was able to finish it. I’m just “eh” about it.

    I kind of thought from the cover and from the description of Jersey Angel, it was going to be a beach read. It isn’t really. The book takes place from spring to winter and the author glosses over huge time periods during the summer. The cover is a bit misleading. Just remember that.

    Sex. I can’t get it out of my mind. I’m cool with sex in books and even young adult books. Many readers will be bothered by the sex in this book. It’s talked about in abundance. I kind of wish I would have kept track of how many times the author went into detail and how many times the protagonist thought about it. Again, nothing wrong with it per se, but it’s going to bother some readers.

    Another thing that bothered me and will most likely bother other readers who decide to pick up Jersey Angel…cheating. Angel has sex with her best friend’s boyfriend numerous times. I’m not giving too much away since it says that in the book’s summary. I think it’s the character’s actions after the fact that make it even more upsetting to me. No remorse whatsoever and at the end…still nothing. I was at least hoping for some major change in Angel at the end of the book , but I didn’t get that either.

    While I was reading Jersey Angel, I kept wondering if real teenagers act like this. I’m sure they do, even though that makes me sad. I’ve learned over the course of reading young adult, that I seem to be able to handle reading about teenagers in novels more so than in real life…real teenagers annoy the hell out of me. Then I’m wondering if the author just wrote about real teens and maybe other authors gloss over the nitty-gritty at times. Maybe that’s why I didn’t like the teens in this book. Just a random thought.

    I didn’t like any of the characters. They didn’t have any redeeming qualities. There were a decent amount of characters and teenagers for me to connect with in Jersey Angel, but I wasn’t able to feel much for any one of them.

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