Saturday, November 10, 2012

Review: "Jersey Angel" by Beth Ann Bauman

Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman
Published May 8, 2012 by Wendy Lamb Books
Source: ARCycling
My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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.

My Review

I can honestly say that I didn't have high hopes for this book. Oh, cool. A girl named Angel (who is far from one, by the way) that lives in New Jersey right by the ocean with two younger siblings and a slutty mom and rides her bike over to boys' houses at two in the morning..Intriguing.

But, this book was so much more. There was an actual moral to the story. Well, maybe even more than one, but I'm still trying to digest it all. Angel tells her story consisting of all the guys she's hooked up with..and where.. I mean, after a few chapters, I was starting to think that this was 50 Shades of Grey for teens or something. The language wasn't gross. I'm 17 so it's not like I don't hear it in the halls at school or even speak like that from time to time. But, there is so much sex. And betrayal. At times, I came to hate Angel. I seriously wanted to jump through the pages and beat the living crap out of her. Too bad that's impossible..

It's not until the end that you end up seeing how much hurt she's going through. Some of us can even relate to her struggles (no, not sexual ones) and develop a soft side for her. For me, it was hard to get through the book. Not because it was poorly written, not because it was boring, but because I could connect to a lot of the struggles in the book. Some of it made be realize that I didn't have it too bad after all. Overall, this was an amazing read. Definitely earned my 5 beaming stars.


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  2. Currently I'm thinking about reading this book, but I've heard mixed responses :/ I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book through Random House's promotional site, but I'm still not sure about it because it's still doesn't seem like the type of book I would enjoy. Still, great review - I'm definitely interested in this book again (:

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  3. Definitely want to read this book!

  4. I read this one this summer, part of the Ambuzzador program and I felt so bad because I was supposed to be promoting it, and I honestly just couldn't do it because I could not stand Angel!

    I'm always interested in reading others reviews because I love hearing their opinions! I am glad you liked it, I wish I could have! :)

  5. It is almost comical how very different the views are on this book. There is almost a middle split with it; from 1 star "this is CRAP" to 5 star "this is awesome". It is one of those books that you have to just read for yourself to know what you will think of it.