Book Review: Shark Bait (Grab Your Pole #1) by Jenn Cooksey + Giveaway

Posted on June 17, 2013 by Erin | 1 Comment

Book Review: Shark Bait (Grab Your Pole #1) by Jenn Cooksey + GiveawayShark Bait by Jenn Cooksey
Series: Grab Your Pole #1
on June 15, 2012
Pages: 319
Format: eBook
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?

Author's Note:
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!!




With that said and done, I have no shame and I’m willing to bribe you guys to vote for Tristan from Shark Bait on Friday 6/21/13 in the YASisterhood’s YA Crush Tourney.  🙂



Enter to win ebooks of  Shark Bait AND The Other Fish in the Sea.

You have until midnight Friday Night to enter. Winner will be announced on Saturday. 🙂

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About Jenn Cooksey

Jenn Cooksey is a Southern California girl born and bred, however she’s no longer a resident of heaven on earth, but instead she currently resides in the 7th Ring of Hell with her husband, their three daughters, and a goodly number of pets. Aside from her husband, one cat, and three out of five fish, everyone living under the Cooksey’s roof is female. She’s sure her husband will not only be awarded sainthood when he kicks the bucket, but that Jesus will welcome him into heaven with a beer and a congratulatory high-five. Jenn is also of the belief that Bacon should be capitalized and that just being yourself is the best way to go. That is, unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.

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My name is Erin & I am from the Lansing, Michigan area. I'm an administrative assistant by day and a book nerd/web designer by night... I don' t leave home without my iPad and I' m always in the middle of reading a book, whether it be a YA book like those of the LUX Series or something dirty like those of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. It doesn't really matter to me as I like books of almost any genre, as long as there is a good romance involved! .gr_custom_container_1404041208 { /* customize your Goodreads widget container here*/ border: 0px solid gray; border-radius:10px; padding: 10px 5px 10px 5px; background-color: transparent; color: #000000; width: 500px } .gr_custom_header_1404041208 { /* customize your Goodreads header here*/ border-bottom: 1px solid gray; width: 100%; margin-bottom: 5px; text-align: center; font-size: 120% } .gr_custom_each_container_1404041208 { /* customize each individual book container here */ width: 100%; clear: both; margin-bottom: 10px; overflow: auto; padding-bottom: 4px; border-bottom: 1px solid #aaa; } .gr_custom_book_container_1404041208 { /* customize your book covers here */ overflow: hidden; height: 60px; float: left; margin-right: 4px; width: 39px; } .gr_custom_author_1404041208 { /* customize your author names here */ font-size: 10px; } .gr_custom_tags_1404041208 { /* customize your tags here */ font-size: 10px; color: gray; } .gr_custom_rating_1404041208 { /* customize your rating stars here */ float: right; } What I'm Currently Reading... Rapture by Lauren Kate Share book reviews and ratings with Erin, and even join a book club on Goodreads.'m%20Currently%20Reading...?cover_position=left&cover_size=small&num_books=3&order=a&shelf=currently-reading&show_author=1&show_cover=1&show_rating=0&show_review=1&show_tags=0&show_title=1&sort=date_added&widget_bg_color=FFFFFF&widget_bg_transparent=true&widget_border_width=none&widget_id=1404041208&widget_text_color=000000&widget_title_size=medium&widget_width=wide

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