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Shark Bait

(Grab Your Pole #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,856 ratings  ·  371 reviews
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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Jenn Cooksey
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Um, I wrote it so I think it's fan-flippin-tastic... :-p ...more
Nov 15, 2012 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
♥ Sarah
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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 completel
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

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
Apr 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one

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
Feb 07, 2013 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
Apr 16, 2013 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
Sep 18, 2012 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.
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

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
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Jun 15, 2012 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
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! :)
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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

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

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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 po

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
Jan 05, 2015 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 ...more
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 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
Jun 26, 2013 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
Aug 01, 2013 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
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]
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bunch of likable characters from mc to supporting. Cute, quirky and hilarious. Angsty but light. Tristan and Cameron ❤️
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
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: virgin, high-school
4.5 There is so much to talk about in this book but really it's more things the author mentions, quotes and just her phrasing that I enjoyed more than the actual story.

At the first mention of my all time favorite show ever, Buffy, I thought the author was cool. At like the 3rd mention, then direct quote THEN she goes so far as to use a scene from buffy as the way the guy asks the girl out, and I'm so loving this author. The author makes a LOT of pop culture refeerences, stuff like Say Anything,
Kim (Sliced Open Reviews)
My thoughts?

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 sta
Jessica Johnson
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shark Bait by Jenn Cooksey

Goodreads Description:

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
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“WHOA, Insert choice expletive here _____>”

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 prob
Jac (For Love and Books)
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, books-i-adored
**Originally read August 25, 2012 - reread April 23, 2013! My new review can be read On my Blog!

A few days before reading Shark Bait, I was tweeting about another book and got into a conversation with Jenn Cooksey (which may have involved Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream!) and from there? She asked if I'd be interested in participating in her blog hop, so of course I said yes!! And immediately downloaded her book, Shark Bait.

From there? There was no turning back. None. I was in love. I have ZERO
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.
Autumn Review
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, blog-tours
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 c
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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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