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Jersey Angel [Kindle Edition]

Beth Ann Bauman
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 anymore, he wants to be her boyfriend, while Angel doesn't want to be tied down. As Joey pulls away, and Inggy tours colleges, Angel finds herself  spending more time with Inggy's boyfriend, Cork. With its cast of vivid and memorable characters, this tale from the Jersey shore is sure to make some waves.

Editorial Reviews


Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, March 19, 2012:
“One can almost smell salt and sunscreen in the air in this soulful and insightful coming-of-age story.”

Review, The New York Times Book Review, May 13, 2012:
“Whatever the resolution to Angel’s story, it is clear that with Bauman— whether she’s Judy Blume’s successor or not—the genre is in good hands.”

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Beth Ann Bauman is the author of the 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 10 for Youth in two categories. She lives in New York City but will always be a Jersey girl at heart.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1166 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009I7QPZK
  • Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NKHBO0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and frank, with a lot of heart May 10, 2012
Angel is a unique YA character in that she's far more independent (she lives in her own house on the Jersey Shore), sexually free (she likes sex and isn't afraid to admit it), and unconventional (her career goal is to become a receptionist) than most teen fiction permits -- but that doesn't mean readers of all stripes won't relate. In fact, what I love most about this book is how honestly it deals with what I see as the universal challenge of being a teen -- the question of how to go from being a child to an adult. Throughout the book, Angel becomes more aware of the unintended consequences of sex, the demands of love, and most of all, how certain choices can change your life forever. In particular, there are some really wonderful scenes in connection with a pregnant friend of Angel's (I won't go into detail so as not to spoil the book), in which Angel learns a tenderness and wisdom that are both unexpected and surprisingly mature for a 17-year-old.

In short, I think both teenagers and adults, both, will find this a really worthwhile (and fun) read -- Angel is a great character who really comes alive on the page, and she is supported by an interesting and spunky cast of characters as well as by writing that is both funny and unflinching without ever losing its warmth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Read with a Story Authentically Plumbed August 1, 2012
JERSEY ANGEL is a lovely read, and it's story is authentically plumbed by Beth Ann Bauman. The young adult offering follows the adventures of 17-year old Angel Cassonetti, in the summer prior to her senior year - and the realization of all the unknowns that come with that. The book is the interior landscape of a three-dimensional character as she comes to terms with what love is to her, shifting friendship dynamics, and her spunky take on the world she knows and it's small resort-town populace. The warmth that came from looking (for me) back on that part of my life came as a surprise to me, as did the steadily growing care I had for the unexpectedly endearing young heroine. I recommend this book for not only young adults, but suspect that even more mature readers will find meaning in summoning their inner teenagers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Jersey book for a Jersey girl May 30, 2012
Summer before senior year and Angel is lost. But she's one of those characters that doesn't know she's lost. And so as summer goes by into the school year, Angel must start making her own decisions, her own choices. She's not like her best friend and won't be going away for college. She spends more and more time with her best friends' boyfriend Cork because her on again off again boyfriend Joey wants commitment. And Angel is ready for anything but.

I enjoyed Baumna's Rosie and Skate and I think I like this story even more. Bauman captures a small Jersey sea side town perfectly, with the array of characters, both good and bad. Angel is a complicated character. I can't say I liked her, but I definitely felt for her. Bauman does a wonderful job portraying a high school student's life. Yes, there's sex. I'm sorry but of course there is sex. She is 17, gorgeous and has a sexual power to her she doesn't know how to control yet. I'm not saying every beautiful 17 year old has sex, but I liked how Angel was portrayed and how sex was a major part of her finding who she was, who she wanted to be, who she wanted to be with. It didn't feel like a trick, or a way to outrage the reader. It felt real, within the character and her world.

The cast rounds out with Inngy, her best friend who is a little too cookie cutter-ish. And Cork, the bad boy and Inngy's boyfriend and Joey, the ex. I loved them all. Bauman's small town reminds me of the small town I grew up in, everyone knows each other, comfortable with each other, and the kids are all best friends and worst enemies. Given the small group of teenagers, it feels almost incestuous, who is sleeping with who, who is going out with who now. Bravo Bauman. My high school perfectly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Jersey Angel May 14, 2012
In a market filled with good girls discovering extraordinary powers, or surviving supernatural ordeals, Angel Cassonetti is ordinary. She's not a good girl. She's not a super-intelligent girl. She's just a girl. A girl who makes mistakes and does stupid stuff. A girl trying to find herself. There's no right or wrong. No good guys versus bad guys. Each of these characters is morally ambiguous and very human. And because of that this book is going to get skewered.

It's a novel that's crass, and honest, and unapologetically so. There is foul language. And sex. Lots of it. Not to mention a female teenaged protagonist who enjoys sex and seeks it out. And then there's the lying and the cheating and the whole best friend betrayal thing. I mean, come on, the girl sleeps with her best friend's boyfriend on multiple occasions, and not because they couldn't help it and fell in love, but because they were both horny and needed a hookup. It doesn't stand a chance.

I however, tried to just take it for what it was and do my best to read Angel's story without getting all judge-y on her. And say what you will about Angel Cassonetti (and if you read this book you will have plenty to say, trust me), but she's nothing if not compelling. While I didn't agree with most of her behavior, it didn't make me want to turn away from her story. I wanted to see what conclusions she would come to about her life. I wanted to see her straighten up and see that there's more to her than being sexy.

That being said, my problem with this book stems from the fact that there seems to be no plot, no character growth or redemption. But maybe that's the point. Maybe since Angel never saw her actions as really wrong, there's no place for redemption. Or a satisfying conclusion to her story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I expected so much more
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Jersey Angel was being publicized and came out in the middle of the Jersey Shore hype, which instantly put me off the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ashleigh
2.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't Recommend
There was basiclly no plot line... The story could have gone so many ways but there was never a climax or anything. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Erynn D
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me thinking long afterward
Angel is an unforgettable heroine that made me realize how many very real feminine voices are left out of YA literature. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joanne Rock
5.0 out of 5 stars A look-twice kind of a book
At first blush, Angel seems like a sexy seventeen year old cheerleader who’s got it all figured out. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Shaiza
5.0 out of 5 stars Original & Delightful
Angel Cassonetti is an original and compelling character!
It's hard to write a coming-of-age story in a new way and in a new voice, but Beth Ann Bauman has done it -
A... Read more
Published 15 months ago by pdann
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish she would write a sequel!
This young adult novel has so much going on, it's enough to warrant a sequel. I wish the author would write one so that I could follow these two friends, Angel and Inggy, into... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Melanie Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Angel is a character a reader can really grab onto, by which I don't mean simply that she's "likeable": I mean that she has real depth and meat. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars SO EXACTLY RIGHT!
I"m sixteen and my mom gave me this book and it is EXACTLY WHAT IT'S LIKE to be a teenager! I loved this book! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Simone
4.0 out of 5 stars An Easy Beach and Summery Read
It's summer time in the Jersey Shore and no we aren't talking about Snooki for once but seventeen year old Angel who this summer is about to experience alot of new things this... Read more
Published on November 22, 2012 by Paula L. Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect summer read with characters to fall in love with.
Beth Ann Bauman has delivered such a perfect summer read, captivating an easy going attitude inside of the life of Angel Cassonetti. Read more
Published on September 3, 2012 by Uniquely Moi Books
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