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Shark Bait (Grab Your Pole, #1)

Shark Bait (Grab Your Pole, #1)

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by Jenn Cooksey

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Previously homeschooled Camie Ramsey is being shoved into the shark-infested waters of public high school, where even helium filled, penguin bespeckled arm floaties likely won't help keep her inexperienced, fifteen-year old head above water in that rip current of hormones and emotions.
Camie's worldly wisdom might be severely lacking (i.e., the closest she's come


Previously homeschooled Camie Ramsey is being shoved into the shark-infested waters of public high school, where even helium filled, penguin bespeckled arm floaties likely won't help keep her inexperienced, fifteen-year old head above water in that rip current of hormones and emotions.
Camie's worldly wisdom might be severely lacking (i.e., the closest she's come to being kissed was sitting too close to the TV whilst Jake Ryan leaned in to give Samantha that fateful 16th birthday kiss), but she does understand her only hope for survival is if she's thrown some kind of "social" life preserver before she sinks like a freaking rock. However, what will her fate be when she endeavors to flag down the only lifeguard on duty, the enormously popular and ridiculously beautiful Tristan Daniels? The most sought after and virtually most unattainable guy in school who not only makes Camie's heart flatline on a recurring basis, he's also the one guy who seemingly doesn't know she exists.

Feeling like an inept piece of chum that could ultimately be swallowed by Jaws, can Camie get Tristan to rescue her from floundering in the treacherous deep, or is she destined to be Shark Bait?

Author's Note:
While the tales themselves are fictional, some of the events and characters are very loosely based in reality and on my experiences-but don't worry, the names of the characters, most of their unfortunate fashion sense and/or questionable taste in music has been changed to protect the not-so innocent.

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CreateSpace Publishing
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Jenn Cooksey is a Southern California girl born and bred, however she's no longer a resident of heaven on earth, but instead she currently resides in the 7th Ring of Hell with her husband, their three daughters, and a goodly number of pets. Aside from her husband, one cat, and three out of five fish, everyone living under the Cooksey's roof is female. She's sure her husband will not only be awarded sainthood when he kicks the bucket, but that Jesus will welcome him into heaven with a beer and a congratulatory high-five. Jenn is also of the belief that Bacon should be capitalized and that just being yourself is the best way to go. That is, unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.

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Shark Bait 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My all-time favorite read. Laugh out loud funny. Wonderful story, witty writing and fantastic characters. Buy this book for yourself and for a friend.
Kerri_Fitzgerald More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much, I bought the other 2 books in this series before I even finished this one! First, I love how long the book was. I hate it when I pay for books, and they seem to be over before I even start them. Second, this book held my attention from the first word. I'm not a very good review writer, but I wanted to give the author props on this book, because it was one of the best that I have read in a long time!
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Shark Bait by Jenn Cooksey is an adorable NA read. It is super funny with a twisty plot that keeps the pages turning. These characters are all very lovable, so it should make for a terrific series. I look forward to reading more.
AFwifeBookJunkie More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I think it is smart and witty.  I has a ton of 90's and 80's TV/Movie/music references. I enjoyed the story, because that is my generation. I don't know if the older pop culture references makes it relatable to today's young readers.   But who cares! I loved it, and have read it and reread it! I hope  B&N buys the other two in the series. Totally worth the buy! And become a fan on Jenn Cooksey web site. 
keleex More than 1 year ago
First, I have to say that the chapter headings are hilarious! And if this was how it starts, you know how this is going to end. Camie’s parents move due to her mother being ill and goes from being home-schooled and is thrown into public high school. This instantly takes you back to high school. She runs into Tristan, literally, and cannot stop thinking about him. She ends up being friends with Kate (she dates Jeff who is Tristan’s best friend) and is put into their group of friends. They are absolutely hilarious! There are many moment where you laugh out loud but also keeps you down to earth while you experience your firsts all over again through Camie’s eyes. The characters are so funny and very relatable. Did I say this is hilarious? Because it is! A must read!
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Lost_in_Literature More than 1 year ago
Actual rating: 3.5 stars Ooph, I'm having such a difficult time pulling my thoughts together to review this book.  At times I loved it.  Then other times I wanted to put it to the side and read something else.  I read this one with my sister-in-law, Becca, so the fact that she was enjoying it so much really kept me focused on it, giving it my fullest attention.  But honestly, if I wasn't reading it with her, I probably would have put it aside and come back to it at a later point. I don't know if I would have liked it better at a different time, that maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it?  Who knows.  I did like it.  I just didn't love it like I thought I would. First the good.  Cooksey has an amazing sense of humor!  I loved her writing style and how she was able to add the humor so effortlessly throughout the story.  And most of the time it was when I would least expect it.  I was literally laughing out loud at several different parts.  I really respect an author who has that level of talent.  I also really loved the secondary characters.  The friends and their silly behaviors really made this story for me. Another thing I really enjoyed were all of the 80's references!  Though I found it a bit odd that 15-year-old Camie got the references, I really enjoyed them myself.  And all of the music referenced was entertaining as well.  It was like I had a soundtrack playing throughout the story. :) The not-so-good aspects... it dragged... a lot... for long periods of time.  The beginning, several times in the middle, and even the ending.  It just seemed to go on, and on, where I found myself almost skimming sections just to find out what would happen finally.  I felt that the book was much too long and several parts could have been cut out. So, now I'm sure you can "feel my pain" and see my frustration and difficulty in rating this book.  Though I read several 5-star reviews for this story, I just can't give it that myself.  I am wavering between 3 stars and 4 stars.  Some parts I really loved, others were extremely difficult.  I think I'll have to meet in the middle and go with 3.5 stars on this one.  Again, these are just my thoughts.  MANY other people have absolutely fallen in love with this series.  And honestly, I can see why.  It just wasn't a favorite of mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a great read!
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Review from SlicedOpenReviews(dot)com Camie seems like the best place to start since I’m pretty sure her and I were separated at birth. I have never started reading a book and felt so connected to the MC. Everything about her actions, thoughts, mannerisms and choices reminds me, dead on, of myself. I was pretty freaked out and ready to have a full on panic attach before I got 10% through the book because I just couldn’t get beyond it. Taking that a step further, Camie is 15 in this book and this usually puts a halt on any true relation to a character. Me at 15 and fictional portrayals of 15-year-olds are on total opposite sides of the Grand Canyon. I guess maybe I was a bit of a delinquent in my younger-days but regardless, it was insta-love for Camie and I, and I have a feeling it will be the same for many more readers. Sticking with discussing characters let’s move to our wonderful supporting cast; Kate/Jillian/Pete/Jeff just to name a handful. Each character had something to give to the story. Each character was dynamic without being over the top and complicating. There was a great balance in each and I give kudos to Jenn Cooksey for this! Last, but oh-so-certainly not least, is the ever so sexy Tristan. If I’ve said it once, I have said it 1000 times. OHHH how I love the bad boy and Tristan was the uber-balance of bad-sweet boy. Much like Camie, I was instantly connected to his character, actions, mannerisms, etc. Oh and he provided a lot of the laughter for me while reading (alongside Jeff, cause he was so funny). Moving on, so one thing this book does NOT lack is story and substance. There wasn’t a lot of “fluff” as I call it. Yeah, that in between stuff that fills pages but doesn’t really contribute to the story. To me everything had a place, meaning and purpose. Sounds a bit overbearing right? Well, it’s not. There is so much humor and other emotion built-in to each page and movement that even though my Nook tells me it was 359 pages, I feel like it flew by way too quick. There are three levels of emotion that I grade a book on and I use those to gauge how good the author was a relaying the emotion of the characters and story and well, Shark Bait hit ALL of them at one point or another during the book – thus, one real successful book if you ask me. High-school, like real people experience…yes, like parties with drugs and alcohol, cussing and slutty girls. It was great! Scream Lions and Tigers and Bears OH MY all you want, but it’s real life people, not this fake fictional world we sometimes like to pretend teenagers live in. I really appreciated authors who are not afraid to show the way things are. Shows how ballsy they can be and usually is only done by authors who have true skill My last point may be one of my favorite parts of this book. It showed the true level of creativity and witty repartee that Jenn Cooksey is capable of…yes…the Whiteboards. I am not going to give much beyond that in description because I have read and re-read each section of this and I just feel that if I quote any part of it, it will spoil it when you read it. Because you should, like right now. Go read the book and experience the unexplainable excellence that is Jenn Cooksey!
jlynnJB More than 1 year ago
The book took me right back to high school, where everything was so dramatic. It cracked me up to think about how just like the teens in this book my friends and I were. Every boyfriend we had, we were going to "marry" (even if we were only 15 yrs old) and all the nasty girl fights were so ridiculous. Since I happened to go to the school that is referenced in the book, I of course had great pictures in my mind of where everything is. It also reminded me that I really need to hit up the pizza joint mentioned next time I'm in town, because it really is the best! Can't wait to read the next installment! Way to go Jenn!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago