{Review} Shark Bait by Jenn Cooksey

11:01 PM

Publication date: June 15, 2012
How I got the copy: Bought
Rating:  4 Stars

From Goodreads:
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?
Plot: 7/10
Characters: 7/10
Setting: 8/10
Pacing: 8/10
Style: 7/10
Cover:  This cover's kind of plain, but I like it.  It didn't catch my eye right away, but luckily my friend convinced me to pick this one up.
37+50=87 (4 Stars)

     My friend Angela suggested I read this book so when I saw it was only $.99 on Kindle I scooped it up.  By the way, it's still $.99 on Kindle...just sayin.

      The love interest in this story, Tristan, is so real it's amazing.  I have never read a teenage boy character that is so true to how teenage boys act.  He messes up severely and then instead of groveling and begging for forgiveness...he does what a lot of guys do.  Pretends it never happens and hopes it goes away.  He also doesn't act on his interest right away.  Most guys don't make eye contact with a girl and then propose like they do in books.  Life just doesn't work that way.  So I was glad their relationship built over time.

     My first thought was that if Abby and Travis from (Beautiful Disaster) met in high school, this would be how their relationship began.  Tristan is easily jealous, has lots of testosterone, and is really intense.  But unlike Travis, Tristan is not crazy...not really.  Both relationships were roller coasters though.    

     It was fun watching Camie and Kate scheme and find ways to bait Tristan.  Camie was such an easy character to like and relate to even though she's home schooled up until the novel starts.  Jeff, Tristan's friend, was one of my favorite characters that I've read in awhile.  He's got lots of layers.  He's a goof, but has such a good heart.  Basically, I loved all the characters though.

     I kept waiting for there to be some kind of paranormal aspect to this book.  I thought Tristan was going to end up being a merman because she kept saying his eyes changed colors.  But fortunately he does not grow fins at any point.  Overall, this was a great summer read.  It's pretty fast paced, humorous, and intense.  I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking for something to bring the beach.

Angela from Reading Angels: 4 Stars
Megan from Reading Books Like A Boss: 4.5 Stars


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