Shark Bait: Grab Your Pole Series

Shark Bait: Grab Your Pole Series

by Jenn Cooksey

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Shark Bait: Grab Your Pole Series by Jenn Cooksey

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. __________________________________Due to language and some adult content, this book may not be suitable for readers under the age of 16.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477686782
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2012
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Jenn Cooksey is a Southern California girl born and bred, and proudly boasts being a member of Grossmont High School's alumni.She currently resides in the 7th Ring of Hell (aka; Arizona) with her husband (whom she married on a dare while in Las Vegas), their three daughters, and more pets than she has the patience to count.Aside from her husband and one cat, everyone living under the Cooksey's roof is female. She's sure her husband will be 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.She also believes that Bacon should be capitalized. Always.

You can learn more about Jenn and her books at:www.jenncooksey.blogspot.com and at both Amazon.com and Goodreads.comOr follow her on Facebook at Jenn Cooksey Novels and on Twitter @Jenn_Cooksey

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Shark Bait: Grab Your Pole Series 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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.
Ginger-Read-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Lets get some of the nitty-gritty out of the way...Camie has been homeschooled, along with her sister, by her mother her entire life. Her mom is now battling breast cancer so they have moved back to So-Cal to be near family, while Camie (16) and Jillian (12) will now be entering that place called Hell. Otherwise known as public school. Not two minutes into her first day of high school Camie is rescued from becoming fodder for the social Elite by Tristan, who simultaneously nearly kills her by giving her cardiac arrest. Okay, not really...but he does bare a striking resemblance to Taylor Kitsch and he did just touch her. Just her arm, to keep her from falling on her face mind you...but those are just semantics. She's an instant smitten kitten and proceeds to think of him as the following: My Tristan, my soul mate, my future husband, my favorite womanizer and the like. Cute, huh? I guess I should elaborate on that last one though, the womanizer one. Camie quickly comes to learn that Tristan is, to put it mildly and bluntly, known to be quite the man whore. However, when one of his life long best friends (Kate) picks up on some strangeness wafting from Tristan that floats directly to Cameron, they hatch a plan for Camie to hook the biggest catch in school. Now, normally this kind of plot would drive me up the wall. I remember all too well how games are played in high school and they usually annoy the crap out of me. This is different though. There is no vindication here it's just some plain old observant girl who really wants one of her oldest and dearest friends to grow up a little, settle down a lot and be more happy/ less moody. Kate thinks Camie is the one to do it and Camie, as infatuated and struck as she is by him thinks she's up for the challenge. Even knowing she is more than clueless and may end up heart broken. The chance at love is worth the risk though. What made Shark Bait such a fun read is how incredibly smart and funny this group of kids are. Camie is completely endearing with her sense of humor, intellect and complete naivete. She's a fairly grounded girl even if she does let her imagination wander where Tristan is concerned. Seriously, when she programs him into her phone she nicknames him this: Tristan is an enigma of sorts to start out but once you get to know who he really is you can't not love the guy. The relationship that builds between these two is adorable, heart warming and also extremely volatile. Tristan has a short fuse, large ego and a disconcerting amount of experience. Paired with Camie's lack of certain social life skills, the two of them together are like a sleeping volcano, ready to blow at any second. The side characters are all equally loveable. I'd say character development is probably Cooksey's strong point. Even the characters you dislike are interesting to say the least. Jillian is beyond bad ass though. She is way at the top of my favorite characters. Picture this: Malibu Barbie looks, Mensa Member brains, cat like reflexes all packaged in a evil, darkly goth attitude and wardrobe. I want to adopt her. The writing is fun loving, super witty and full of 80's references and Buffy The Vampire one liners, which are two of my favorite things. Most important moments in the book give way to some song that plays in Camie's head and I loved seeing all those pop up. Truly, Shark Bait is great, fun read that will elicit tons of giggles and heart tugging. Go read it, you won't be sorry!
emerald1008 More than 1 year ago
Great Read!!! I think I will always enjoy reading YA books. But this was one of the best. It was laugh out loud funny. I loved Camie's sense of humor, Tristan's surfer godliness, and oh boy do I hope if I ever run into Jillian she is one my side!
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AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this! I can't begin to tell you all how much I enjoyed book. I absolutely loved Shark Bait and it ranks up there in my list of all times favorites. Seriously, I was completed sucked in and captivated from beginning to end. You know those kinds of books that keep you smiling like an idiot the whole time your reading it, along with having fits of laughing out loud (the kind where people look at you like your "not quite right," especially when it is just you and book, and your acting like that), well Shark Bait is that kind of book. The story line itself was captivating and so much fun, and the characters themselves were even more fun. I loved, loved, loved Camie. Her inner dialogues were funnier many times than the things she actually said, and her personality just grabs you. Tristan, the surfer god who all the girls worshiped, and many guys for that matter, was a total hottie, all alpha male and all that, who was much deeper than people give him credit for, and who didn't quite know what to do with his feelings for Camie. The chemistry between these two is off the charts hot and there are some really steamy scenes that get your heart pounding. Another one of my favorite characters was Camie's little sister Jillian and I cannot wait to see more of her in the next book. Jilllian is a total badass in every sense of the word. Seriously guys, all the secondary characters were great and I really loved them, and even loved to hate a few.  I can't encourage you guys enough to get this book. If you are a fan of Jillian Dodd and love her Keatyn Chronicles, then you are going to absolutely love Shark Bait. It truly is one of my favorite books EVER. I would really love to see this as a movie or a television series, I think it would be that big of a hit. If you haven't read or heard of Jenn Cooksey, she is an author you definitely want to get to know, and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future. Again, if you haven't read it, what are you waiting for, hurry and get it. 
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
My friend Jessica at Hackaroo's Reviews reviewed this book recently and had a contest to win the book. Well, Jess sold me on the book in her review, so I entered and WON! Now, I've chatted with Jenn Cooksey on Twitter, but until Jess, hadn't heard of her book. I'm here to say....everyone needs to read this book! I really, truly, loved it. I'm blown away that this is a debut novel. This is only the third book I've read by a debut author that has seriously blown me away this year. There are many characters in the story, but I'm going to focus on lead characters first. Even though Cami is sixteen, I identified with her immediately. She's been homeschooled and is very mature for her age. When she moved to San Diego, she's pushed into the wonderful world of high school clicks and angst. Because Cami has a good head on her shoulder's, I felt like she handled it all well. She's really funny too. When Cami first sees Tristan, she's immediately in love. Now, I know some people aren't fans of insta love, but let's take a moment to remember high school and seeing a dreamy guy for the first time. Insta love. So, what's a girl to do in order to get the hottest guy in school to notice her? She becomes friends with his best girl friend Kate. A plan is made, and operation get Tristan begins. I must admit, while Tristan sounds like a dreamboat, I wasn't sure about him at first. It appears that he's playing hard to get, but I'm here to tell you, this guy is deeper than he may seem. Tristan doesn't put himself out there for just anyone, but he takes notice of Cami right away. Slowly, he works his way into her life. Once their feelings for each other come out, it's like watching fireworks. There is some serious chemistry between these two. Tristan has easily become of my favorite male leads. I can't wait to see what happens with these two as the series develops! Now, the supporting characters kick butt! With the exception of Zack, I loved every character. I have hopes that as the series continues we will learn more about each one. In fact, I really can't wait to see what happens with Cami's sister Jilly as she gets older! She cracked me up! As I mentioned before, this is Jenn's first novel and I'm blown away by the writing. The story flow was so smooth and she captured my attention immediately. She created likable characters that you can identify with and fall in love with. I also appreciated all the pop culture references. They provided good visual in many different scenes. Thanks for that Jenn! I'm literally chomping at the bit for the next book to release. I MUST know what is going to happen next. I have to say that there are some mature situations in the story, so I'd recommend this book to the over 16 crowd. If you are a fan of true love, pop culture, and just plain fun, this is a great book for you.