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Jersey Angel

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  618 ratings  ·  192 reviews
It’s the summer before senior year and the alluring Angel is ready to have fun. She’s not like her best friend, Inggy, who has a steady boyfriend, good grades, and college plans. Angel isn’t sure what she wants to do yet, but she has confidence and experience beyond her years. Still, her summer doesn’t start out as planned. Her good friend Joey doesn’t want to fool around ...more
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Wendy Lamb Books
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Jan 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Where shall I start with this book? Well the blurb was what drew my attention to the book in the first place. I read it and thought a perfect summer read, this is just what I need. I thought it would be along the lines of Jenny Han’s Summer series, but my assumptions couldn’t have been more wrong

Angel is having a break from her on-off boyfriend Joey, Angel doesn’t want to be tied down with a guy for too long; she likes to be care free and having fun. So after Angel’s had enough fun, she decides
Jan 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF. (pg. 78 out of 208)

I will say immediately that I did not finish this book. I stopped on page 78 of 208 (38%). I always try my hardest to make it through books, even if I'm not enjoying it. However, this book just made me want to hurl my nook across the room.

Take the last line of the synopsis. "With its cast of vivid and memorable characters, this tale from the Jersey shore is sure to make some waves." Vivid and memorable characters? Not so much. Angel, our protagonist, was probably one of
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like the way Beth Bauman writes and she has a bold hand that I trust. No sugar coated overly dramatic depictions of sex and no Vampires (thank goodness!) and no Snooki. Jersey Angel is just a really raw look at a believably promiscuous teen trying to find the confidence to face the reality of her impending high school graduation. And to make a decision herself for her own future. What I like about Bauman's writing is that it unapologetically forges new ground for the genre and makes the story ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Don't get me started on this book. First of all, it is not NATURAL to kiss your best friend's boyfriend and not SLAP him and tell him to lay off! And it's not natural for him to do it in the first place! What's wrong with you, woman?
Jason Kurtz
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great summer read, Jersey Angel will be perfect by the pool or at the shore. If you are looking for a plot driven book, this is not for you. Jersey Angel is a slice of life story about a girl who is trying to come to terms with her future, her sexuality, her social status, and life in general. It could be argued that this is a “regionalist” book, as it does take place on the Jersey Shore, but having friends from the OC, and being a frequent traveler to Lake Havasu, AZ, any person who has ever ...more
Oct 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Originally posted at: A Girl that Likes Books

I received this book through a give away from Naiche at The Book Girl Reads. She has pretty good reviews, mostly about YA fiction. Anyway, she gave this book a good review, but I’m afraid I just can’t concur.
This was not a good book for me. I had a problem with almost everything happening in the story. First of all, the main character, Angel. Sure, she is not supposed to be a role model, but just so we are clear, several characters are not role model,
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Jersey Angel takes a unusually candid look at teen promiscuity for a young adult novel. At the outset, narrator Angel Cassonetti is pretty much ruled by her id. She has a see/want/take attitude towards food (this might be a tough book for dieters) and boys. She sort of works, but selects her employment partly based on on-the-job tanning opportunities.

Angel's story has a deceptively strong moral compass. She's not necessarily punished for her choices by the standard teen sex bogeymen of pregnancy
Jan 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was really looking forward to Jersey Angel, but I had my doubts when the word “Jersey Shore” was linked to this book. I really do NOT like that reality tv show and its people but I still hoped it would be a fun, summer read. Boy, was I wrong. This book has nothing to do with anything except Angel getting it on with every guy she ever made eye contact with, and get this, she is PROUD of that. I mean, setting aside how wrong this is and the message it sends, I don’t think this is YA material in ...more
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Jun 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was really looking forward to Jersey Angel, but I had my doubts when the word “Jersey Shore” was linked to this book. I really do NOT like that reality tv show and its people but I still hoped it would be a fun, summer read. Boy, was I wrong. This book has nothing to do with anything except Angel getting it on with every guy she ever made eye contact with, and get this, she is PROUD of that. I mean, setting aside how wrong this is and the message it sends, I don’t think this is YA material in ...more
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to getting started on Jersey Angel. The cover alone is really fun and drew my attention. I was looking for a nice easy read that would also be fun! I'm not sure if Jersey Angel lived up to my expectations, though it wasn't a bad book. It just wasn't a very deep book. It didn't feel like there was anything under the surface for me. It's definitely one of those books you speed through in one sitting or so.

Angel is certainly not your typical YA female character! She's v
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read. A thoughtful, nuanced, and in-depth look at dating, sexuality, friendship, and school. It's also fun, suspenseful, and dramatic -- a page-turner. Very satisfying. And unlike some other reviewers, I loved the ending!

I don't want to give too much away, but I'll just say this:
Angel, the main character, is fun-loving, yet level-headed, popular but also affectionate and generous. She's someone who deals with her difficulties by living in the moment, generally avoiding too much se
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book expecting to like the protagonist Angel and come to her defense over some of the major slut shaming I've been seeing around the Interwebs regarding her sexual activity (seriously, 17yo teenage girls have sex, get over it). The author has also spoken out, saying that it's ridiculous that people want to hold a fictional character as a "role model" and that "slut" is a perjorative term (which it is). That being said, I tried but I couldn't bring myself to like her.

The truth o
Petty Lisbon
May 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog:

Like most people might, I was interested in this book because of the title. But not because I can’t miss an episode of the Jersey Shore. (Trust me, it makes me feel ill to even know it exists.) Born and raised in New Jersey, I’m used to all the jokes. And that was before MTV ever “created” that god-forsaken show in the very town my parents and I would spend two weeks on vacation every single summer. So when the publisher note said this book expl
Apr 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
At First Sight: It's summertime in the Jersey Shore and Angel is ready to have fun. Even if every summer starts with her moving to the smallest of the three houses her Mom owns and having to frantically clean the other two so they can be let out to the summer people.

But that's okay, because for Angel, Summer is the time to live life to the fullest, even if her on again/off again 'boyfriend' Joey doesn't want to keep on their pattern of breaking up and hooking up over and over.

He wants Angel to
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jersey Angel deals openly and shamelessly with sex, lust, and promiscuity, but those things don't have the final say over Bauman's characters - especially her central character, Angel. That is what stands out to me about this book.

Bauman's subtle, yet potent story-telling paints a living imagine of how things in life actually are. Her characters - teenagers, friends, siblings, parents, lovers - all experience the full effects of the human condition, and she presents them to us fearlessly.

Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
My review of Jersey Angel on my blog

I’ll be honest. I’m struggling to find words to explain my thoughts on Jersey Angel. I read it. I didn’t like it much. I didn’t think it was completely horrible since I was able to finish it. I’m just “eh” about it.

I kind of thought from the cover and from the description of Jersey Angel, it was going to be a beach read. It isn’t really. The book takes place from spring to winter and the author glosses over huge time periods during the summer. The cover is a b
E. Anderson
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a feeling a lot of folks are going to feel differently about Angel. But I really loved this girl, the protagonist in Beth Ann Bauman's latest, JERSEY ANGEL.

Jersey Girl Angel is almost a senior in high school, getting ready for her yearly move from one of her mother's summer rental properties on the beach back into the big house down the street for the summer. And that's about all she knows about her future. Angel doesn't have plans like her best friend Inggy. Angel likes meeting differen
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely, well-written book about complex, believable relationships among high school seniors at a specific point in time, within a specific place on the east coast. Angel and her friends live in a seaside town that is mainly taken for granted by others and "operational" two or three months out of the year. By staying put after the "bennies" (vacationers) leave, Bauman allows us to see a complete ecosystem. By boldly taking the focus off of sex (but definitely not ignoring it), Bauman illus ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
This was awful. The main character was just this spoiled, shallow, cheap do nothing loser who happened to live on the Jersey Shore. All she did was skankwhore around and whine that her best friend got everything. "Why does Inggy get EVERYTHING?" Because Inggy actually DOES THINGS. Like, she DOES HER HOMEWORK AND TRIES TO EXCEL AT THINGS INSTEAD OF SLAGGING AROUND LIKE A WASTOID LOSER. I couldn't figure out why they would be friends. I mean, this Angel bint got to live in her own house most of th ...more
Tracy Miller
I picked this up when I heard that Angel was the somewhat rare phenomenon of a sex-positive teenage female protagonist. And she was. Probably a little too positive for my taste as the mother of teenage girls. But, this wasn't a book about the way I wish the world was, it's a book about how the world is. And there are lots of girls out there with self-absorbed mothers, little supervision and guidance, and no life goals whatsoever. And many of them like to have sex - sometimes with their best frie ...more
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Personally, I had mixed reviews about the book. I loved it for the realism and the how raw the character is in the sense that we can see right through her. Angel is portrayed as anything but an angel- she fools around, betrays her best friend, and can't see that what Joey wants is sweet and innocent. Instead, she does things she soon comes to regret. What I and a lot of the readers have mixed feelings is the open nature of the discussion of the sexual acts Angel commits. Yes, the author has the ...more
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I might end up liking this book more than three stars depending on how long it stays with me. Jersey Girl is a short novel and a really quick read and, to be honest, I picked it up because it was mentioned in an article about sexy-times in young adult literature.

Angel is 17, and unlike her BFF Inggy, she doesn't have big ambitions about her future adult life. She just wants to hang out with her friends, have her boyfriends, and enjoy being a teenager. But maybe it's time Angel grew up just a lit
Dan Cooke
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Angel is a great, strong character. Although it's classified as a YA title, adults can also enjoy this quick, well-written read. I would recommend to my daughter who is 16 without hesitation. It doesn't pull any punches around the life of older teenager girls, and it's another pleasant break from the syrupy sweet stuff that sometimes haunts YA shelves. Bauman's writing is loaded with great details, painting a private, real, sensory-filled, and very specific world that you get immersed in quickly ...more
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
A bit of a reluctant 2 star on this.

I didn't connect with or care about any of the characters, as none of them were particularly developed. There wasn't really a plot -- there was the pregnancy issue with Angel's friend (view spoiler) -- but that sort of goes in and out between Angel's hook ups. I mean, this is a book about Angel's getting a lot of sex, which will definitely be t
Melissa D
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Even though that time is well behind me, I will never forget what it felt like to be seventeen: the reckless mistakes, the uncertainty, the excitement, the regret. Beth Ann Bauman remembers these feeling too, because I've never read a more honest, painful, exhilarating portrayal of seventeen than Angel Cassonetti, the Jersey Angel of Bauman's amazing novel. Jersey Angel is so far beyond the Young Adult genre it's being marketed in, not just in its frankness and sexual situations, but in its emot ...more
Mar 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
I mean no disrespect to the author when I say this, but this book was a complete waste of two hours of my life. I really despised Angel, not because she was a careless, ungrateful slut, but because she was so stupid, and her actions were just plain dumb. I also thought the conversations were awkward and weird. The book was really pointless, and there wasn't really an end. I don't know, just not the book for me.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I do believe this book is legitimately Hilarious !!!!!

Casonetti Had me laughing all the time ......she's an impressive Female figure of Boss lol #BOSS XD

Short but sweet & definitely satisfying :))))
Fabulous short novel about a teenage girl who loves sex, who loves to desire and to be desired, who sleeps around and is not shamed for it. Awesome.

Jan 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Beth Ann Bauman is the author of the acclaimed short-story collection Beautiful Girls and the young adult novel Rosie and Skate, which was a New York Times Editors' Choice and a Booklist Editors' Choice, as well as a Booklist Top Ten for Youth in two categories. Her newest book Jersey Angel hits the shelves on May 8, 2012. Beth is the recipient of fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the New ...more

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