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Shark Bait (Grab Your Pole #1)

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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 to being k
Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published June 15th 2012 by Jenn Cooksey
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Jan 21, 2013 Bayli rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting a fun romance with awesome humor!

Seriously... Seriously. Seriously. Hold up. Did all of that amazingness just come from this book? Did it? Did it really?

The things Camie says. bahhaha

Well, naturally, I'm screaming in my head. Holy Exalted Naked Chest Batman!!!

I mean, COME ONE> That's hilarious.

I've got to pick my jaw up off the floor. I think while I'm down here, I'll pray and thank God for His glorious creation, because seriously, He does some damned fine work.

I wish I would have marked every time I laughed- but that
Jenn Cooksey
Jun 15, 2012 Jenn Cooksey rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Um, I wrote it so I think it's fan-flippin-tastic... :-p
♥ Sarah
Feb 02, 2013 ♥ Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-na, romanceland
What the heck did I just read...?

Let me rewind & explain why I’m so confused.
First off, the book had me LAUGHING. OUT. LOUD. It was genuinely HILARIOUS & I really did like Camie as a character/narrator. I also really liked Jill, and wished I had a sister like her. Also, I especially LOVED the 70s, 80s, and 90s pop culture references. I mean, who doesn’t like Buffy, John Cusack, Pink Floyd, & John Hughes movies?! And I’m not even a part of those generations!


The story
Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss

I heard about this book late last year, but I just read it last week. I'm so pissed at myself. I want to go back in time and slap myself in the boob. Why in the world did I not read this until now? Ugh!!! Thank you, Autumn, for helping me see the light and showing me the good stuff.

Yes little guppies, it's that good. I didn't read the blurb for this one. I went in blind, having no idea what this book was about. And from page one, I was drowning in pure unadulterated awesomesauce. It was very har
Scarlett is✿Crazy4 R A I S Y
Warning: Extreme Fangirling

WIN. WIN. WIN. I loved this book from the start to finish.
It was fun.
And just over all hilarious.
I think I had a perma grin the entire read.

This is a cute coming of age story, with interesting characters. The plot is so simple, trite even, I’ve seen it more times than I could count but what makes this story unique is the humor and quirky writing. And the characters, with their dialogues and antics are just so lovable and adorkable.
TheGremlin | Before Midnight

Can I just… Ugh. Okay, so this book was terrible. I rated this book before I even finished it. But don’t worry, I finished it, even though I knew the rating wouldn’t change. I don’t even know where to start, but I’ll try my damnedest to make sense.

Let me issue a huge warning here: I hated this book. Hated. It took more than two days to get through because I was so damn busy highlighting and making notes in my e-reader. Also, I kept having to take facebook and TV breaks. I started watching wrestl
Jennifer Kyle
Apr 16, 2013 Jennifer Kyle rated it liked it
I found this book to be extremely frustrating although it was pretty realistic. It was very slow reading, the inner monologue went on forever, the couples back and forth was exhausting. But hey you may like it more than I did.


Shark Bait was like being right back in high school for me, where I’m sitting at the lunch table listening to my friends who are hell bent on getting the “it” guy’s attention. Truth be told, these daily conversations of plotting and strategizing at school bored me to tears
May 27, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
Wow, wow, wow, was this an incredible surprise and absolutely a new favorite series for me!! Shark Bait came highly recommended by a very good friend of mine, and I couldn't wait to dive in (har, har). My first impression was "okay, so here's a cute young love story with a naive heroine", and I was thinking it'd probably be one of those stories that I'd enjoy but not necessarily be blown away by. Oh boy, was I ever wrong!! I'm kind of giddy right now, because I absolutely fell in love with these ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Tara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
I wish I could give this more than 5 stars!! What a fun, roller coaster of a ride! Absolutely cannot wait for the next one. Awesome job Jenn! It was fun, funny, hot, emotional and just a perfect story.
This book was so great! I loved everything about it! Camie was awesome, very relatable even though she was a little young... her sister Jillian was just hilarious! Also, her friends were great I loved Kate and Jeff. Tristian was wonderful! The story was wonderful! Would recommend this to everyone.
Mar 25, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I'm going to do my level best here, to be brief and keep myself together, because what I really want to say is...



So yeah. That fanatic, CAP SMASH-riddled statement? I meant every word. I am seriously so mad at myself for not reading Shark Bait when I bought it, last June (!), that I'm contemplating punching myself in the face. I mean, how ridiculous is it that I have missed out
Sep 07, 2013 ELIZABETH rated it it was amazing
Deserves a MILLION Stars not a measly 5 Stars !!!

I don't think my review will do this book any justice (as I'm illiterate in expressing my thoughts into words)

Fabulous, Fantastic, Incredible, and Amazing!! Yes!! A Diamond in the Rough! Ms. Jenn Cooksey's writing is so indescribable! Every single word on the page, pulled you in. Even though the MC Cammie is 16 yrs old, I absolutely related to her!!! Don't let this boggle your mind about the ages of these incredibly unique characters. EVERYONE no
Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog
Dec 04, 2013 Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog rated it really liked it
This is Jenn Cooksey's first published book and I have to say that I thought Shark Bait was very well written and I LOVE J. Cooksey's style of writing, it's quick witted, sarky, REAL and bang up to date!! "Tristan's Wall of Infamy conversations" had me in stitches!!

Camie and her family move back home after her Mum gets diagnosed with breast cancer. After being home-schooled by her Mum she now has to enter and survive the gauntlets of proper high-school.

It took me a good few chapters to warm up
J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*

Re-read 4-15-2013

3 Stars! It pains me to say this but I did not enjoy this one as much the second time as I did the first. Maybe I've read too many books since then?? I don't know.

I had concerns during my initial reading that this would be too YA for me. At the time, I didn't think it was. Perhaps, I have read too many MA books since then because I found this to be VERY YA! The heroine, Cami, is 15 and has been homeschooled her whole life. Needless to say, she is very virginal. She's ne
Kim Ciara


*waves using whole body* Hi Jenn Cooksey !!! I'm so loving you please acknowledge my declaration of love


Shark Bait is the exactly what I crave for. I never figured that this book will be so good! Idk, If you are looking for something funny and giddy. This novel suits those categories naturally.

I really had so much fun reading it. Given the 80's movies reenactments and super fab song choices? Who won't love this!!!? Two thumbs up for the cutesy pop culture exposure!!! I ha

Ali *The Black Heart*
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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 gi
Things you should expect when reading Jenn Cooksey's "Shark Bait":

Prepare for this:

A whole lot of this:

A bit of this:

And PLENTY of this ;)

In short, my friends, this book is FANTASTIC. It will make you swoon, sigh, and laugh your ass off. I don't know how anyone could read it and NOT love it. It's so fucking good!!!!

Add it to your TBR list NOW! :)
5 Sunny Side Up Stars!!!

A truly wonderful read. An honest tale of life as teenagers and the trials and tribulations we go through during those awkward yet seemingly magical years. The friendships, the romance, the wit and the 80's references alone will hook, line and sink you! I adored this book through and through. Camie is a wonderful heroine. Tristian is not only a swoon worthy leading man but he's extremely smart, kind and a terrific friend. Kate is possibly the best BFF ever and Jillian? We
Amanda (Hootie) Clark
Oct 20, 2012 Amanda (Hootie) Clark rated it it was amazing
Shark Bait made me instantly think of that scene in Finding Nemo "Shark Bait OOH HAHA!"
The title and book cover are extremely catchy but it's the story that hooks you. (no pun intended) Being told through the eyes of Cameron (Camie) Ramsey going to high school for the first time in her home schooled life was brilliant. It was kind of like the movie Mean Girls minus Lindsay Hohan. To say I enjoyed reading this book would be a massive understatement and here is one reason why:

Me: k thx. ttfn. (Ye
Nov 11, 2013 Jennifer☠Pher☠ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this so very much. SO VERY MUCH!! Best surprise ever! I am not ashamed to admit I was scared to read this. You know, I am way closer to 40 then I am 15 and I just wasn't sure if I would even be able to get into the story. Boy, was I was freaking wrong! I LOVED this book! LOVED IT! I got it too! I am not too old and I totally got it, loved it and devoured it! I laughed out loud and seriously think I was smiling the entire time I was reading. OMG, Tristan! What a shark. Holy HELL! And Cami ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Dee marked it as dnf
DNF at 41% - honestly, camie drove me nuts, for a teen that had been home just didn't work - at times, it felt like she was in college and others barely in high school
Tabby -  Shattered Hearts Reviews
I have heard really good things about this book, but I just had not had the chance to read it. (I know, BAD BLOGGER !) Then Ashley over at The Bookish Brunette asked me to be in on this blog tour (: Needless to say - I am really glad that I said yes. Not only did I get the chance to chat with the author, (who is epically awesome) - but a chance to read this freaking amazing book. Serious; I absolutely loved it.

Cami just got the culture shock of a Lifetime. After moving, due to some family issues
Apr 16, 2013 Jexa rated it it was amazing
This was quite possibly the cutest book I have EVER read.

I admit that it's been a spell since I ventured into the land of YA but, I couldn't be happier that this was the book I chose to break that particular spell.

I honestly can't put into words how much I loved this book. I'm gonna go all out and say every single thing about it was perfect. The characters, from the main all the way down to the peripheral, were all completely fantastic. The story was fun and totally addicting, the writing was su
Daisy the Rock Star
Jan 11, 2015 Daisy the Rock Star rated it really liked it
Bunch of likable characters from mc to supporting. Cute, quirky and hilarious. Angsty but light. Tristan and Cameron ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Laci rated it really liked it
O.k. if you like YA you'll love this book.. I always read the sample chapters before I buy. If it doesn't grab me, then I usually just move on, like I did with this book however unlike so many before I couldn't get these characters out of my head. I keep going back to the sample. Kept looking at the cover. Needless to say I gave in and read what I just new I wasn't going to like. I was so dumb. I loved every single minute on this book. I thought the story line was great. Loved the characters. Co ...more
Kathe L
4,5 stars

Scarlett, I kind of hate-love you. Seriously. I wasn't planning on reading this book now! Because I can't read only one book at the same time (I am reading four right now), I wanted to wait to read this one. But because of your review, and when I saw that I indeed had this book, I asked myself "why not just read the first pages? It won't do you any harm". Oh, boy. I stayed awake until 4 a.M reading this book (and I had school in the morning), and as soon as I arrived home I finished it.
Kellie Maddox-Ward
May 05, 2014 Kellie Maddox-Ward rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-na
Oh I LOVED this!
Thank you Jenn Cooksey for taking me back to highschool, when just hanging out and texting was a drama!
I literally LOL'd sooo many times in this book.

Seriously though it's funny, and fun and HOT, and swoony, and drama filled and hysterical!

It's basically got everything a good YA can have and I am in LOVE with Tristan and Jeff.
I heart their bromance soo much!

Cammie is a great character, yes she can tend to overdo it on the inner monologue but still with so many movie quotes
**Manjula ♥ Connor Cobalt**
Jul 28, 2014 **Manjula ♥ Connor Cobalt** rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
5 stars
Yeah, I totally didn't see the 5 stars coming.

At first,
I really didn't like the writing style.
I didn't like how the story wholly focused on landing Tristan.
I was totally fed up with Katy's and Camie's lengthy plans.

I don't even know when the story started creeping up on me.
Omg, I so totally didn't care about all my dislikes when I found out how adorable Camie and Tristan were together.

The whole book does sort of read like a teenage diary.
No joke.

But it has it's appeal. I imagine a lo
Ashley - The Bookish Brunette
You should be reading Shark Bait. Right now. Like this instant.

If you like fun (mature) YA, contemporary romance... With a whole lot of KICK ASS- this book is for you.

Adding Shark Bait to my list of FAVORITE books ever. You will too, after you read it! Can't wait for book 2!

[full review to come]
Kelli Spear
Dammit! Dammit, dammit, DAMMIT!!! This is what I'm doing considering how long it took me to read this book:

Shark Bait is absolutely brilliant. I really have no other words to describe it. Phenomenal. Incredible. Stunning. Exceptional. Marvelous. But even these words can't encompass how much I fricking love this book!!

I'm going to pause in my fangirling over this book for a minute. For a little background, I've been in a severe reading slump since November of last year. Yes, that long. It's been
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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 awarde ...more
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“Tristan’s Mom: What are these?
Tristan: Your granddaughters.
Tristan’s Dad: Don’t worry honey, you don’t look old enough to be a mother let alone a
Tristan’s Mom: Again with the flattery, thank you dear. Where did they come from?
Tristan: Camie gave birth last night.
Jeff: I didn’t know she was pregnant.
Tristan: She wasn’t. It was a miracle.
Tristan’s Mom: Do they have names?
Tristan: Phineas and Ferb.
Jeff: From the cartoon?
Tristan’s Dad: That figures, he named the dog Scooby.
Tristan’s Mom: They sound like boy names.
Tristan: Mom! Shhh, you’ll give them a complex.
Jeff: If that Ferb one climbs my legs again I’m drop kicking it.
Tristan: That’s child abuse and I’ll press charges. Besides, they just miss their mom.
Jeff: I’m calling CPS (cat protective services)…
Tristan: What for?
Jeff: Because you’re making your kids live in a broken home unnecessarily.
Tristan: I’m not talking to you anymore.
Jeff: Fine, as long as you to talk to her.
Tristan: Back off.
Jeff: Nope, not gonna do it.
Tristan: I’m warning you man.
Jeff: You miss her too.
Tristan: Yeah, so?
Jeff: So do something about it.
Tristan: Happy? Last night was miserable and I think it’s too late.
Jeff: You still have a 12 year old ace in the hole.
Tristan: Saving it as a last resort.
Tristan’s Dad: Honey, do you have a clue as to what they’re talking about?
Tristan’s Mom: No and I don’t want one.
Jeff: I’m just helping my nieces get their parents back together. Dude, it’s time. Make the call.
Tristan: Alright, I did it. But I get the feeling I’m about to do business with the mob. I hope I don’t
wake up with the head of my horse in bed with me tonight.
Jeff: Well, a good father will do anything he can to protect his family, even if that means he runs
the risk of sleeping with the fishes.
Tristan: Okay girls, your aunt helped Daddy come up with a plan and if it works you should get to
see Mommy today. Cross your paws, or claws, or whatever…just cross something for luck.”
“On the wall next to the door we’d entered through was a huge floor-to-ceiling bulletin/whiteboard combo and hanging from a thumbtack on the bulletin board amongst pictures and other various sorts of memorabilia was my bra. It’d been washed but it still had
a good many blotches of pink on it. If that wasn’t shocking enough, the dialogue written over the last two weeks on the whiteboard pertaining to said bra certainly was. I’ll include the copy just so you can truly appreciate what I’m dealing with here.
Tristan’s Mom: What’s this?
Tristan: A size 34B lace covered slingshot.
Jeff: Nice!
Tristan’s Mom: Do I want to know?
Tristan: I don’t know, do you?
Tristan’s Mom: Not really. Are you planning on returning it or did you win some kind of prize?
Tristan: I plead the fifth.
Tristan’s Dad: Well done son.
Jeff: Ditto!
Tristan’s Mom: Don’t encourage him.
Tristan: Gee, thanks Mom.
Tristan’s Dad: Can’t a father be proud of his only child?
Tristan’s Mom: He doesn’t need your help…obviously.
Tristan’s Dad: That’s because he takes after me.
Tristan: Was there anything else I can do for you two?
Tristan’s Mom: Tell her I tried to get the stains out, but I’m afraid they set in before I got to it.
Tristan: I’m sure she’ll appreciate your effort, but if I’m any judge (and I’d like to think I am) its
size has caused it to become obsolete and she needs to trade up.
Jeff: I’m so proud.
Tristan: Thanks man.
Tristan’s Mom: A name would be nice you know.
Tristan: Camie.
Tristan’s Mom: Do we get to meet her?
Tristan: Sure. I’ll have my people call your people and set it up.
Tristan’s Mom: I don’t know why I bother. Do you want anything from the store?
Tristan: Yeah, Camie’s sleeping over tonight and I promised her bacon and eggs for breakfast.
Jeff’s got the eggs covered but could you pick up some bacon for us and maybe a box of Twinkies
for the bus? Thanks, you’re the best.
Jeff: I have the eggs covered?
Tristan’s Dad: He gets his sense of humor from you.
Tristan’s Mom: Flattery will get you everywhere. How would you like your eggs prepared dear?”
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