Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman

47%

30 Critic Reviews

I will be blunt and say...it's probably not fit for most YA readers...Angel Cassonetti has a lot of sex. With multiple guys... But what really got to me is that she didn't really face all that many consequences for her actions.
-Book Breather

Synopsis

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.
 

About Beth Ann Bauman

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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.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Wendy Lamb Books. 210 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Jersey Angel
All: 30 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 18

Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 15 2012

Aided by a strong evocation of the tourist-driven rhythms of life on the Central Jersey Shore and a satisfyingly complicated, modern protagonist, this quick read will please readers looking for both nuance and heat in their beach books.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica Wakeman on May 11 2012

Angel tomcats around as much as, if not more than, any boy in the book...And while Angel’s freedom is not entirely without consequence, it’s refreshing to read about an adolescent girl who follows her hormonal urges without a fate worthy of an after-school special.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 19 2012

One can almost smell salt and sunscreen in the air in this soulful and insightful coming-of-age story.

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NJ.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Jacqueline Cutler on Aug 05 2012

Bauman...has a wonderful eye and voice...very ably keeps the characters true to themselves.

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WAPL Teens

Excellent
Reviewed by Megan on Jul 02 2012

Angel Casonetti is exuberant, big-hearted and larger-than life, and even when she's doing stuff that will make you want to shake her, you can't help but love her.

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Katy Times

Below average
Mar 22 2012

I mean no disrespect to the author when I say this, but this book was a complete waste of two hours of my life.

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Hippies, Beauty, and Books Oh My!

Below average
Reviewed by Amanda Welling

Wild animals would have more class and grace then Angel...She has not one moral bone in her body, she is snarky and rude, she sleeps around, betrays the people she supposedly cares about, and more.

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The Book Scoop

Below average
Reviewed by Rowena on May 08 2012

Overall, I kept reading this book because I kept waiting for Angel to get over herself and start making amends for her actions but when it became apparent that she wasn't going to do any of that, I was good and pissed.

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Confessions of a Book Addict

Below average
Reviewed by Christina on May 14 2012

Readers must take this book for what it is and recognize that Angel is a tragically flawed main character that will take readers on a journey of sexual escapades.

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Early Nerd Special

Below average
Reviewed by Clementine on May 09 2012

Everything about Beth Ann Bauman’s Jersey-shore-set novel feels half-baked: the characters are flat and lifeless, the story meanders to nowhere, and everything feels…off-kilter in some way.

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reutreads

Below average
Reviewed by Reut on May 03 2012

For a novel that’s supposed to reveal the people behind the stereotypes Jersey Shore has perpetuated, all I got was a book about cheating and about how you won’t face any consequences for partaking in it.

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Daisy Chain Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Leanna on May 24 2012

Jersey Angel is plot light in that it doesn’t really have much of a plot. It’s just a breezy summer read with added raunch.

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Crowding the Book Truck

Good
Reviewed by Caroline on May 20 2012

There are many things about Angel that made for a great character. She's a strong, confident girl who has a grounded attitude towards sex and love.

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Rondo of a Possible World

Below average
Reviewed by Courtney Ann on May 08 2012

Derogatory names for a deragtory character. The truth is the truth.

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The Romance Bookie

Below average
Jul 08 2012

I thought this book was horrible. Why? One word. Characters.

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Maji Bookshelf

Below average
Reviewed by Juhina on May 10 2012

This book has nothing to do with anything except Angel getting it on with every guy she ever made eye contact with...I really can’t stress how misleading the synopsis is and how wrong the message...

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Confessions of a Readaholic

Below average
Jul 28 2012

As far as YA heroines go, Angel is my least favorite... the only thing she seems to be focused on is sex, sex, and oh yeah did I mention? more sex.

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Bibliophilia

Below average
Reviewed by Maggie Desmond-O'Brien on May 30 2012

It's not just that this book has some of the most explicit sex I've ever read in a YA. It's the attitudes behind the sex, the swearing, everything--a sort of bleak desperate mindlessness--that got me.

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Her Life With Books

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on May 11 2012

book that every reader would feel comfortable handing off to their 12-year-old child? Perhaps not. But I do think Angel’s perspective is unique, the writing evocative, and the mood beachy and sultry and all other things I like about summer.

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Christi the Teen Librarian

Below average
Reviewed by Christi on May 30 2012

Angel, our narrator, is simply an unlikable person...There was just so much in this novel that was unbelievable that I would almost call this a fantasy book instead of a contemporary novel.

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The Windy Pages

Good
May 17 2012

Bauman captures a small Jersey sea side town perfectly, with the array of characters, both good and bad.

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Book Breather

Below average
Reviewed by Gabbi on Aug 27 2012

I will be blunt and say...it's probably not fit for most YA readers...Angel Cassonetti has a lot of sex. With multiple guys... But what really got to me is that she didn't really face all that many consequences for her actions.

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Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm

Below average
Reviewed by Faye on Aug 14 2012

...an entertaining summer read that I enjoyed but somewhere along the line it fell flat for me... There was a lot of sex in this book, but I wouldn’t call any of it romantic or even cutesy..

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The Page Sage

Good
Reviewed by Sara on Jul 19 2012

Even though I don't agree with many of Angel's choices, it's refreshing to see an author that addresses the fact that teen girls have hormones, too.

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Actin' Up with Books

Good
Reviewed by Joli on May 08 2012

Once I picked it up, I just couldn't put it down...Bauman's writing style is quick, descriptive, and immediately pulled me in.

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Book Blather

Below average
Reviewed by Drea on Apr 30 2012

There was a lot of promise to Jersey Angel but ultimately I think it fell flat for me...However, with it being a YA bodice ripper, it will pretty much sell itself to teens.

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The Hate-Mongering Tart

Good
Reviewed by E. Kristin Anderson on Jul 17 2012

JERSEY ANGEL is a beautifully written breezy read, and if you can get past the fact that Angel is, well, not usually doing herself any favors, you’ll see that this is a book that is not only about growing up, but about growing.

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Lost in a YA Book

Below average
Reviewed by Emma on May 21 2012

...the whole story is told from Angel's point of view, but it felt really detached...This was actually a bonus...as it kept me feeling distanced from Angel's questionable actions.

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The Busy Bibliophile

Below average
Reviewed by Andrea on May 02 2012

Seriously, there was very little plot to speak of...There was no big mystery (other than how many people she’d sleep with before the end of the book), drama or climax...

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Girls with Books

Good
Reviewed by Kel on Apr 30 2012

The story is easy to follow, with lots of romantic drama as well as a few good catfights.

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