Author: Beth Ann Bauman
Publication date: May 8th 2012
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover rating: 4/5
Content rating: 3/5
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
I was really looking forward to getting started on Jersey Angel. The cover alone is really fun and drew my attention. I was looking for a nice easy read that would also be fun! I'm not sure if Jersey Angel lived up to my expectations, though it wasn't a bad book. It just wasn't a very deep book. It didn't feel like there was anything under the surface for me. It's definitely one of those books you speed through in one sitting or so.
Angel is certainly not your typical YA female character! She's very sure of her self and very free about what she wants. This book is definitely not family friendly so may not be for everybody. I liked Angel though! I thought she was fun and strong willed. She wasn't perfect and made mistakes like everybody else in the world. I thought she was quite believable as a character and felt real. I very much enjoyed the setting of the novel and it had its interesting moments.
I did not feel like there was much of a story, though. This was a very quick read and it was over before I really could get into it! The writing is easy to read through quickly and the book itself is short at only around 200 pages. It definitely makes for a fast and different read if that's what you're looking for. The characters aren't that well developed because of this and a lot of the emotional parts just fell flat for me. Overall, Jersey Angel was an okay book but not particularly memorable and there isn't that much to say about it!