Title: Jersey Angel
Author: Beth Ann Bauman
Genre: Teen Fiction, General Fiction
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN-13 Book: 9780385740203
Audiobook Publisher: Random House/Listening Library
Audiobook ISBN-13: 9780307968883
Length: 4 CDs (approximately 4 hours 12 minutes)
Disclosure: I checked out a copy of this book and the audio from my public library. This is my honest review!
Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
It is the summer before her senior year and seventeen year-old Angel is looking to have a good time. When her ex-boyfriend isn't interested in her anymore because she keeps tossing him aside, Angel looks for adventure elsewhere. When she gets too close to her best friend Inggy's boyfriend, Angel discovers that secrets follow you everywhere, and that sometimes you have to discover for yourself what is really important.
Before I go any further, you have to know that this isn't my usual type of book. In fact it is so far out of my comfort zone, that reading it probably wasn't a good idea. Still diversifying my reading is necessary at times because I need to be familiar with different types of literature. That being said, this book really wasn't for me.
While I found Bauman's writing style engaging and very well done, I had more trouble with the characters and the topic. The character's seemed so superficial, and Angel who was supposed to be so nice--really wasn't. I guess niceness is in the eye of the beholder, but seriously, she gets involved with her best friends's boyfriend, and doesn't even seem terribly guilty about it. I didn't find her likable, and it is hard for me to read a book where I find the main character unlikable.
The other thing that admittedly bothered me was the sex in the novel. I don't mind sex in a teen novel--it happens, but in this case I felt that perhaps it was a little too explicit. Frequency aside, I could have done with a little less detail since this was a teen novel. I will give the author kudos for letting her character enjoy sex, but I wish it wasn't so explicit in this teen novel.
Due to the content of this novel, I would recommend it for a mature teen audience. There is a lot of sex, profanity, and even some drinking in this novel.
The audio production of this novel is very well done. It is produced by Random House Listening Library and consists of 4 CDs (approximately 4 hours 12 minutes). It is read by Jaclyn Gaines who does an excellent job narrating this title and includes a bit of the Jersey accent which adds charm. With its short length it is a good book for those looking for a quick read, but due to content you may want to leave this one behind when you go on a family vacation.
Every now and then we come across a book that just isn't for us. This book wasn't for me and I know it. It didn't have the depth or meat to it that I like a realistic fiction book to have, but just because I didn't like doesn't mean someone else won't love it. Give it a try if it sounds like your thing.
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