Series: Grab Your Pole #3
on July 29, 2013
Source: Amazon, Purchased by Reviewer
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With the Amazon Bestseller Shark Bait, the first novel in the Grab Your Pole series, debut author Jenn Cooksey delivered a fun, snarky, and realistic beginning to a larger story that has found its way into the hearts of readers everywhere. Thus, many were unprepared for what was coming in the second installment of the GYP series, The Other Fish in the Sea, when Cooksey took us on a runaway roller coaster ride of emotion and solidly landed hit after hit, including a brutal sucker punch that left readers around the globe reeling.
In Shark Out of Water, the highly anticipated third installment in this humorous yet honest and real coming of age story, we delve even further into the lives of the GYP gang and many questions are sure to be answered, however, are you really ready for what lies ahead in the continuation of their adventure? Well, grab your pole and let’s find out.
Due to language and some adult content, this series may not be suitable for readers under the age of 16.
I kept track of my reactions to the book, Shark Out of Water, by Jenn Cooksey as I read. This image pretty much sums up the whole book, and if you’ve read it. You’ll totally get it.
This series is amazing. The first book, Shark Bait, in it’s entirety is told from Camie Ramsey’s point a view. The Second book, The Other Fish in the Sea, is mainly told from Camie’s POV, but every once in a while, we’ll get the POV of another female character in the story.
Now this book…in this book we experience the aftermath of what happened in TOFitS, through the POVs of all of the Male Characters, including the recently introduced Brandon. I love that we’re able to get into the minds of Tristan, Jeff, Pete and Brandon in this book. I think that being in the minds of the boys might be even more entertaining then being in the minds of the girls, including Jillian! Being that we’re in the minds of Teenage boys, this book might be even more entertaining then the previous two books in the series.
We really get to know Tristan better in this book and figure out a little bit more about why he’s the way he is. I LOVE how Tristan refers to Camie as his ‘baby’ and it seems to me that he knows that she’s the ONE on some subconscious level.
After the way The Other Fish in the Sea ended, this book ends on a much happier note and I’m scared to see what kind of shenanigans the gang is going to put us through when the Fourth book comes out..
Ok now, I have to do some bitching about something that happens in the book and it’s one huge spoiler, so if you haven’t read this book, don’t read this. 😉View Spoiler »
WHAT DOCTOR IN THEIR RIGHT MIND GIVES AN 18 Y/O TEENAGE BOY A VASECTOMY?
I mean I know of people who wanted their tubes tied and their doctor was like NUH-UH because they were too young. The only time they’ll consider doing it on a younger person is when they know that the person already has like 52 kids.
What I also don’t like about Tristan’s decision to have a vasectomy is that he didn’t talk to his parents about it all. Yes, he doesn’t want to go through what they did to have him..but did he ever think about how maybe when they finally gave up on having any more kids they probably decided to start looking forward to the grandchildren Tristan would bare on to them? NO.
Also, what if he and (hopefully Camie) do decide to have kids later on. He just took all of the fun out of making babies. Now it’s going to probably be all about doctors, test tubes and what not. Unless of course they’re able to successfully reverse his vasectomy.
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So yes that is the one thing I did not like about the book. Other than that, I enjoyed this book ver much. I can’t wait to see what Jenn has cooked up for us in the next installment of the Grab Your Pole series.Shark Bait by Jenn Cooksey
Series: Grab Your Pole #1
on June 15, 2012
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
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Previously homeschooled Camie Ramsey is being shoved into the shark-infested waters of public high school, where even helium filled, penguin bespeckled arm floaties likely won’t help keep her inexperienced, fifteen-year old head above water in that rip current of hormones and emotions.
Camie’s worldly wisdom might be severely lacking (i.e., the closest she’s come to being kissed was sitting too close to the TV whilst Jake Ryan leaned in to give Samantha that fateful 16th birthday kiss), but she does understand her only hope for survival is if she’s thrown some kind of “social” life preserver before she sinks like a freaking rock. However, what will her fate be when she endeavors to flag down the only lifeguard on duty, the enormously popular and ridiculously beautiful Tristan Daniels? The most sought after and virtually most unattainable guy in school who not only makes Camie’s heart flatline on a recurring basis, he’s also the one guy who seemingly doesn’t know she exists.
Feeling like an inept piece of chum that could ultimately be swallowed by Jaws, can Camie get Tristan to rescue her from floundering in the treacherous deep, or is she destined to be Shark Bait?
While the tales themselves are fictional, some of the events and characters are very loosely based in reality and on my experiences—but don’t worry, the names of the characters, most of their unfortunate fashion sense and/or questionable taste in music has been changed to protect the not-so innocent.
Due to language and some adult content, this book may not be suitable for readers under the age of 16.
I came across Shark Bait when I was scouring through the bowels of Amazon in September of 2012 thinking that I finally read everything there is to be read on Amazon when I found Shark Bait. It caught my eye and I took a gander at it and thought it sounded interesting so I bought it. I instantly got hooked and I don’t think I put my iPad down til I finished the book.
Shark Bait is an amazing YA book with references to the best TV, Movies and Music of the 80s & 90s, a cute and hilarious protagonist named Camie, a stealthy 12 year old named Jill, and a boy named Tristan who will make you swoon all over yourself.
I have to give it to Jenn Cooksey, you don’t always find a book where the main character is a female that doesn’t annoy the crap out of you. Camie never did, said or really whined about anything that made you go “WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?!” like some female characters (who shall remain nameless..*cough*Bella/Ana/etc.*cough* :P) Most of the time she was making me laugh and I’m glad I found a book where I actually LIKED the Main Female character.
Along with the awesomesauce Camie, the supporting characters in this book are just as amazing and funny too. Kate is smart, sweet and being one of Tristan’s Best Friends, she is able to give Camie the 4-1-1 as the story goes along. “Dear Jeff” is hilarious and I think he’s just there for them to make fun of most of the time. (And now I want some eggs! ha.) 😉 But really, he’s a sweet guy and he really does try his best when it comes to being Tristan’s BFF in this book. Camie’s younger sister, Jill, is like the most awesome 12 year old ever. I wish she was real. You would not believe what she is able to pull off in this book! You’ll never want to get on her bad side!
I have honestly lost track of how many times I’ve read this book. I really did like it that much and I will probably re-read it and the sequel The Other Fish in the Sea again before the release of the next book in the series Shark Out of Water later this summer.
If you like Hilarious YA Romances, I definitely suggest you READ THIS BOOK NOW. You will NOT be disappointed!!
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