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Jessica WakemanIt'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