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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ember (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385740212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385740210
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,510,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.”


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About the Author

BETH ANN BAUMAN is the author of Beautiful Girls, a short story collection for adults, Rosie and Skate, and is the recipient of a New York Foundaton for the Arts Fellowship. Growing up, she spent summers on the Jersey shore. She lives in New York City.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Cool on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By Steven Dennis on August 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By Kimberly C on May 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By Melanie McCullough on May 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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