“Jersey Angel is definately making waves.
“The Sexually Unapologetic Girl
“A very mature look at a free spirited 17-year old, living a promiscuous life at the Jersey beach. This is definitely not for the middle school crowd due to the mature content, but it would be a fun read for the high-school age reluctant reader.”Lisa Levin wrote this review Saturday, March 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“t'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." Amazon.com At first I thought this book had zero redeeming qualities. However, upomn reflection, I realized that the author painted a picture of a teenager who was content with "just being". she had no great ambitions past friendship, and boyfriends, and life in general and yet she is a reflection of so many of the students that I teach. Most importantly, shse is happy with who she is and content to follow a life course that involves taking care of others in small ways. I ask myself - what is wrong with that?”Carolyn B wrote this review Friday, October 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Narrated by Jaclyn Gaines.”Salsabrarian wrote this review Sunday, October 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Jersey Angel is definately making waves.
From what I’ve heard and seen on the internet, Jersey Angel is apparently “inappropriate for YA readers” and it’s been dubbed “teen smut”. If anything, these reviews only made me more eager to flip through this summer read.
I can't lie, Angel Cassonetti is the most sexualized main character I’ve ever seen in YA fiction. She is completely casual when it comes to sex and relationships, but I’d argue that that’s not to say she doesn’t have morals. Angel’s relationship with her best friend’s boyfriend eventually dematerializes, although it’s shocking that she takes part in it in the first place. Angel is not a "smart" girl, but she really isn’t a bad one. I don’t think she deserves the criticism that readers have thrown at her. She does make, in my opinion, some wise decisions (page 157 for example) and I both admire and dislike her. She is not your common contemporary protagonist.
Jersey Angel is not a book I would normally pick up. The plot rose, only to never resolve itself, and the subject matter was a little too…sexual…for me. I couldn’t relate to Angel at all. Nevertheless I enjoyed the story and definitely think it’s the most unique summer read of 2012. I don’t know if it’s a book I’ll read again in the future, but it is a book I’m glad to have read this summer.”
“Angel is by far an actual angel. She is flawed main character who knows she is flawed, which is why I devoured this book. I love the way the author wrote the character. Angel is an uninhibited 17 yeard old who doesn't mind sleeping with multiple guys. She wants to get back with her ex, but he doesn't want to get back with her just because she feels like it at the moment. He loved her and wants her to be committed. We follow Angel through her summer escapades and into the school year. She doesn't know what she wants from life, she has an interesting family dynamic with a mother who doesn't know what she wants from life, yet Angel is very aware of herself and her actions. Since I'm from NJ and have worked in Seaside Heights, I loved all the references to The Heights, the boardwalk, and the bay. Very well done. Be aware there is a lot of sexual content for a YA book.”clockwork-serenity wrote this review Monday, June 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Angel, a teenager living on the Jersey Shore with her mother and two half siblings, has a pretty nice life. Her mother rents houses to vacationers, so they’re never short of money, and since her mother is more like her BFF than a parent, Angel is pretty much free to do as she pleases: sex, alcohol, partying on a school night. But underneath Angel’s breezy teenage veneer there’s a sense of loneliness and confusion. Without authority figures to set healthy boundaries in the lives of young people, does it become easier or harder for a teen to define her sense of self? Jersey Angel is an insightful book, full of wisdom about being young and not knowing what to do with your life. Recommended for Ages 16-Up for mature situations and rambunctious teenage behavior.”Liz Winn wrote this review Monday, April 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of those books that people are going to either love or hate -- either way, people will be talking about it. Not necessarily because it's a stellar, life-changing read, but because Ms. Bauman has created a wonderfully flawed character and doesn't hold back while telling her story.
I'll get straight to the point and say that at first glance, Angel seems like nothing more than a self-centered slut who only cares about herself. I've read a lot of reviews where people say exactly that, but I saw something else.
It's true -- Angel is fairly promiscuous and does a lot of questionable things. She's strung Joey Sardone along for years -- dating him, breaking up with him when she needs distance and then going after him again. When Joey finally tells her he is done, and shows no sign of caving in again, Angel decides to find excitement elsewhere. The fact that this "excitement" (ie casual sex) comes in the shape of her best friend's boyfriend doesn't exactly score her any more points. Then there's the tall, skinny, sweetly awkward (and virginal) Kipper who Angel agrees to have sex with so he doesn't have to go to college a virgin. I can see where, if you base the book on those things alone, people may not like it. I, on the other hand, seemed to have an entirely different opinion.
First of all, I love questionable main characters. It's true, Angel is far from perfect, and a lot of the time she appears to be a self-centered little ho, but I liked that. She's not the shy, awkward girl looking for her first true love, or maybe a sexual awakening over one life-changing summer. I've read that book -- been there, done that. Angel hasn't been a virgin since she was fourteen. Trust me - her sexuality is awake.
What I did see in Angel was a seventeen-year-old girl who doesn't know what she wants. She wants to be loved, but she doesn't know what love is. She's never worked hard at much, mainly because she's never had to. Her looks have always gotten her everything she wants. She has no desire to go to college, so a C-average is good enough for her. She's a wonderful big sister, works hard to keep her mom in line, and struggles with the absence of her father. Some of the scenes with she and her dad broke my heart. She wanted so badly to be a bigger part of his life.
While the book doesn't conclude with Angel having this huge, life-changing revelation where she realizes her slutty, questionable ways should be laid to rest and runs off to join a convent -- she does change. Several things happen along the way that slowly make her realize what she has done, making her really think about what she's given up, what she's lost and the possibilities that still lay before her. Angel may not be the perfect role-model, but readers can learn something from her.
I really enjoyed this book, but I will warn parents, younger teens and more sensitive readers that this book does contain drinking, drug use and lots of sex. Ms. Bauman doesn't hold back, and honestly, I'm glad she didn't. She gives the reader a true, honest look at Angel without censoring who she is, and for that, I applaud her.”