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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review: Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman

Publication: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 208
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

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.
*Galley provided by publisher for a honest review*

Out of all the reviews I've read the concept that Angel is a kind and generous character truly blew my mind. Kind? Generous? How does a main character with absolutely no morals, no diction for herself be a kind girl? How is cheating on your best friend with her boyfriend time and time and time again, know its wrong but still doing it anyway a kind and generous character? As maturity levels go with this main character, the concept of a relationship should have been chastised because throwing yourself around like she did, the raunchy persona she threw around just sent my stomach reeling from discomfort and disgust.

I understand the realistic standards of teenager nowadays with the priority of sexual activity decreasing in age groups but I cannot stand a character whose morals are below what they should be. Not even that, the flatness installed within the characters made relating to them in any way shape or form difficult and ultimately unresponsive. I'm probably the minority with this review seeing as the reviews I've read coveted the book. I was expecting more from this story. Maybe for Angel to own up to her acts, not lie to her best friend, and become more of a decent person. But no. And the disappointment towards her skyrocketed leaving the book to end with her as the scumbag slut of a character she was. Derogatory names for a deragtory character. The truth is the truth.

First Line: A whiff of seaweed blows in the window from across the bay, and the bed fills with sunlight.
Story: C
Cover: B


smallgirl said...

I always try and avoid YA books where the main character is cheating with her friend's boyfriend (I can't recall the titles, but I know I've come across a couple in the last year or so) - it seems like a difficult set up when I'm meant to be sympathising with the main character!

Read, Write, Read said...

This is next to on my list to read...kinda not looking as forward to it as before.

Kim said...

I was actually thinking of reading this book but you're not actually not the first person I know of who is not very pleased with this book. I have way too many books to read, I don't think this one will make it on any time soon.

- Kim (new follower :P)

Canada said...

I loved Angel's relationships to her younger siblings, and their conversations. The kids were hilarious, warm and fun. Inngy, Angel's best friend, is wonderfully real, flawed but overall on the right track to what most people take- college and on. Angels has fallen by the sidelines, no SATs, probably not college and not sure what she wants to do with her life. And really, I understand. Even though I went to college, the vast majority of me and my classmates are ready to admit at 17 we really had no idea what we wanted to do with our lives. So even though we chose the college route, I sympathize with Angel's indecisiveness.

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