Monday, 26 March 2012

Review: Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman


   Title: Jersey Angel
   Author: Beth Ann Bauman
   Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
   Publication date: 8th May 2012
   Source: NetGalley
   My rating: 1 star



Where shall I start with this book? Well the blurb was what drew my attention to the book in the first place. I read it and thought a perfect summer read, this is just what I need. I thought it would be along the lines of Jenny Han’s Summer series, but my assumptions couldn’t have been more wrong

Angel is having a break from her on-off boyfriend Joey, Angel doesn’t want to be tied down with a guy for too long; she likes to be care free and having fun. So after Angel’s had enough fun, she decides she wants Joey back, but this time Joey decides to put his foot down, he’s sick of Angel running from one guy to another, he’s sick of the breaks, he genuinely loves Angel and he wants her to his girlfriend, so he refuses to take her back. Angel finds herself in a dilemma she wants to be with Joey; he understands her, whenever she needs someone she knows she can turn to him, he’s a reassuring presence but she’s unsure whether she loves him back and she’s still so young there’s plenty of time to settle down.

I had several issues with this book, and thus my reason for giving it 1 star. First the characters lacked depth; they were flaky with no idea what was going on. Angel just kept flitting back and forth from one guy to another, she had the perfect guy who wanted to be with her, openly admitting his feelings for her, standing right in front of her, but Angel was so caught up in her own little world that when she realised what she wanted it was a little too late. Her messing around with her best friend’s boyfriend aggravated me and her continually going back on her word aggravated me. That by the end of the book I was so utterly fed up with her that I couldn’t care less what she did.

I also couldn’t connect with the secondary characters at all, they were under developed in places, were at times like back ground noise; completely unnecessary. Inggy the best friend was clueless and couldn’t see what was going on in front of her, Cork Inggy’s worthless boyfriend; who knows how many girls he was playing around at the same time? The only character I initially liked was Joey; he was strong, put his foot down when Angel came wallowing back. But then his decision at the end kind of tarnished the impression I had of his character.

The plot kind of went round in endless circles, Angel unsure of what she wanted so hooked up with a guy, Joey still turning her down so she hooks up with someone else and so on. I thought that when a life changing situation did happen that Angel would take something from it, but no the story continued to trundle along its same tortuous pointless path.

I really wished I liked this book and had more positive things to say about it but it really wasn’t my cup of tea.

13 comments:

  1. It sounds even worse reading your review a second time. :( I guess I will be avoiding this - it doesn't sound like my type of thing either and I doubt I will enjoy it if you had so many issues with it.

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    1. I think out tastes are quite similar Sam, so honestly I don't think you'd be missing out on much skipping this one

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  2. This book kinda sounds like a mess, hah. Thanks for saving us from the madness, Jasprit! I think I would have the same issues you did. Hope your next read is better.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. Wendy you've saved me from so many books already so I'm glad I could return the favour :)

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  3. I've been hovering over the "Request" button for this book on NetGalley, but now I definitely won't be requesting this book! I honestly hate self-absorbed and blind main characters, and this MC sounds like she's just that. Thank you for the super helpful review, now I can save myself from reading a bad book. =)

    -Aneeqah @ The Brain Lair

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    1. Thanks Aneeqah I'm glad you found my review helpful, you can now spend your time reading other awesome books :)

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  4. Ahhh this sounds so good! I think I'll probably try it still but thanks for the honest review. Donna xxox

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    1. Yeah definitely still give it a shot Donna, hopefully you'll like it a lot more than I did!

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  5. I've actually seen a few negative reviews of this book that point out the same things you did, I don't think I'll be reading this one thanks for the review! +New follower :)
    - Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

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    1. My pleasure Kimberly, thanks for following! :)

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  6. This book sounds like it would give me a headache, characters that continually do stupid things or make terrible decisions are dreadful! It's a shame because it could have been a fun read from the looks of the cover

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    1. I know the cover looks really good, that's why I'd originally thought it would be a perfect summer read! Oh well I'm sure there will be plenty more great books for the summer!

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  7. I read this review on GRs, thanks again for saving us from a lot of frustration! I can't stand it when I keep reading, thinking it'll get better, and it doesn't! So annoying & you think, why did I torture myself?

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