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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (299 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beth Ann Bauman Narrator: Jaclyn Gaine Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Whatever the resolution to Angel’s story, it is clear that with Bauman— whether she’s Judy Blume’s successor or not—the genre is in good hands.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “One can almost smell salt and sunscreen in the air in this soulful and insightful coming-of-age story.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Louisa | 1/29/2014

    " Ohhh Angel. You are one sad little girl. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Eileen | 1/12/2014

    " Don't get me started on this book. First of all, it is not NATURAL to kiss your best friend's boyfriend and not SLAP him and tell him to lay off! And it's not natural for him to do it in the first place! What's wrong with you, woman? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marc | 1/2/2014

    " I like the way Beth Bauman writes and she has a bold hand that I trust. No sugar coated overly dramatic depictions of sex and no Vampires (thank goodness!) and no Snooki. Jersey Angel is just a really raw look at a believably promiscuous teen trying to find the confidence to face the reality of her impending high school graduation. And to make a decision herself for her own future. What I like about Bauman's writing is that it unapologetically forges new ground for the genre and makes the story about the character instead of some agenda to create what adults think are the right 'roles' for youth. She depicts honest characters that exist on every block of anytown USA that otherwise might not have had a voice. My only criticism is that Angel is such a bold character sort of teetering on a kind of teenage angst ledge and I wanted slightly more solid clues as to what would really happen to her post High school (basically her success). I think there is important stuff in Angels story and I wanted a bit more solid concrete optimism for her at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharleen | 12/29/2013

    " Personally, I had mixed reviews about the book. I loved it for the realism and the how raw the character is in the sense that we can see right through her. Angel is portrayed as anything but an angel- she fools around, betrays her best friend, and can't see that what Joey wants is sweet and innocent. Instead, she does things she soon comes to regret. What I and a lot of the readers have mixed feelings is the open nature of the discussion of the sexual acts Angel commits. Yes, the author has the right to write as what she pleases, but it must come in mind this book is a YA book, and not an adult. There is no warning of the content of this book, so any young teen may come across this book, and read something that might not want to be read. But despite that, I give this book 3.5 stars out 5 for the open discussion, controversy that rises, and the true rawness of the character- a character we usually idolize as the "it girl". By seeing her weaknesses and the change of character she goes through, we experience something unique. So read this book, but be warned of the sometimes crude and harsh language and description! "

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About the Author

Beth Ann Bauman is an American writer based in New York. She has published a collection of short stories and two novels for young adults. Her work has been published in the Barcelona Review and the anthology Many Lights in Many Windows, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has also received fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts and the Jerome Foundation.