Shark Bait (Grab Your Pole #1)
Camie’s worldly wisdom might be severely lacking (i.e., the closest she’s come to being k ...more
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!
HOWEVER. . .
The story ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"OMFG. YOU GUYS MUST, MUST, MUST READ SHARK BAIT! IT IS HANDS DOWN ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITE BOOKS EVER! GO NOW!!"
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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! :)
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 ...more
*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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Cami just got the culture shock of a Lifetime. After moving, due to some family issues ...more
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 ...more
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]
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 ...more
Oh my! I am so, so excited to write this review, for two reasons…
One, our MC Camie Ramsey. There is one thing I can no longer get angry about, insta-love. Why? Well, because I experienced insta-love with our dear Camie before I made it through the first two paragraphs of the first chapter!
Two, Jenn Cooksey is a mother-freaking genius!
Ok, so let’s dig a little deeper (and I should warn you, I’m bound to get long-winded here so please keep up!)
Camie seems like the best place to start ...more
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 Sama ...more
Yes I heard everyone talking about this book for months and I was all I will get to it, promise sparkly hearts. Well, Can I kick my own ass because I should have read this the minute it hit Amazon!! WHAT THE HELL anyway Thank you to everyone who was all this series is AWESOME and AMAZING and whatever other adjective works for you. Ok enough about how stupid I am and more of how much in LOVE I am!!
“I think I’m hooked. I feel like a drug addict. The p ...more
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. ...more
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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.”
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.
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.
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’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?”