Review: ‘Jersey Angel’ by Beth Ann Bauman

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Jersey Angel’ by Beth Ann BaumanJersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman
Published by Wendy Lamb Books on May 8th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 201
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
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

Beth Ann Bauman is the author of the acclaimed 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 Ten for Youth in two categories. Her newest book Jersey Angel hits the shelves on May 8, 2012. Beth is the recipient of fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives in New York City, but will always be a Jersey girl at heart.

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Set in Jersey, our main character Angel is on vacation from school. Her best friend has been busy touring schools and not around as much as she would like. Then her ex-boyfriend wants her back. But Angel doesn’t want to be with him. So she turns to her best friend’s boyfriend Inggy. Yikes!

I didn’t know exactly what to expect of this novel. The summary didn’t tell much, nor did the cover jacket. So I wasn’t surprised when the book didn’t have much of a plot. Except Angel finally realizing that sleeping around wasn’t what she wanted to do. Yep, our girl Angel likes to sleep around and she does it often. I couldn’t codone Angel sleeping around with her best friend’s boyfriend. That’s just a low blow. I couldn’t help but want to strangle Angel at different points. I was so close to not finishing this book just because of that, but I had to keep going. Angel doesn’t think with her head, only with her loins. It was a different read, just because it wasn’t a morally good person. This teenager is fully doing the wrong things and she doesn’t care what happens after.

If real teenagers do what Angel does, then I’m sorry to say, I wouldn’t even talk to her. The message in this book should be “learn your lesson.” But it’s not. And you know what I can definitely see Jersey Shore fans loving this book. The blurb on the back even says so. The writing isn’t even terrible, it’s just the characters that I hated.


I love the moment when the guy is mine, when the spell is cast.
If you love someone there must be a moment that announces itself and your heart doesn’t wonder because it knows the things it knows.





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  2. Carol

    November 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Personally, I had read mixed reviews about this book. I never let my decision to read a book to be swayed entirely by others opinion. But it may help me to realize that it isn’t an immediate “must-read” for me and that is what happened in this case. I guess I’ll have to wait & see for myself but I’ll pass for the time being. Too bad you didn’t enjoy it. =/

  3. Beth Ann Bauman

    October 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Erika, here’s a positive review of the book: (see my website for more).

    Giselle, thank you for taking the time to review my book. I’d be curious to hear your thoughts about why you think a book should have a lesson for the reader.

  4. Grace Lo

    October 6, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    I’ve never particularly liked Jersey Shore *cringe*
    I can definitely get how a book can have pretty good writing, but characters that you can’t tolerate at all. Half the time I read those books I’d be like: *facepalm* and “PUH-LEEZ, JUST DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE.”
    Thank you for your honest thoughts on the book, and I hope that your next read would be much more satisfying.

  5. Jaime Lester

    October 5, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    First of all, I don’t mind sexual situations in YA books, as long as it isn’t too much. So, reading about a high school girl sleeping around in a YA book would just piss me off. And on top of that, cheating with her “best friends” boyfriend. And on top of that, she doesn’t realize her mistakes and try to make amends or change her ways? No thank you. This one is not for me. At all. And it paints a crap of picture Jersey. Thanks for reviewing it. I am sorry that you had to. 🙁

  6. Allyson Rida

    October 5, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    I haven’t heard of the book, too bad you don’t like the book very much. From the sound of it, it sounded like a good beach read, but it’s fall already so let’s forget about it. Did the author explained why Angel was sleeping around? ‘Cause if not I am pretty sure the book will blow.

  7. Erika

    October 5, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    So far I have not read a positive review for this book. I will probably pass on this one in the future. Thanks for the review!

  8. Holly

    October 5, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Thanks for the review, doesn’t sound like this would be the kind of book I would enjoy. Especially since I think the jersey shore has to be the worst show ever.

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