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Shark Bait (Grab Your Pole #1) by Jenn Cooksey



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?


Personal Thoughts with Spoliers

There are so many things that are hysterical about this book. The dialogue, characters, crazy situations, pop culture references, etc. that make this book a fun and entertaining. 

First the dialogue is awesome. Everyone is quick-witted and so funny. Best chapter headings ever! There are so many 90’s and 80’s references I am not sure I can believe these teens actually know it, but who cares. The make-out song mix is priceless. Pink Floyd, Mazzy Star, & Life House. Come on does this book have great taste in music or what! 

The only thing I question is are these really teens? I mean I have read books where the adults act like they are in high school or middle school, but these guys act like they are in college. So is that common? 


Tristian – Oh too the hotness!

Camie Ramsey on the Beach

Pop Culture References 

Camie was ‘almost’ always one step ahead of Tristan when he came to seduction. The pool scene when they fell in and she began taking off her shirt and pants; man I would have loved to see Tristian’s face. The mortification. It was great because she had a swim suit underneath and he was shell shocked. 

Then Tristan with putting his claim on Camie, without verbally saying anything was priceless. How did he do this you ask: just have the girl you like wear one of your famous articles of clothing around a party, and stay near here, but not next to her. This will give the nonverbal clue that you have dibs on her so, DON’T TOUCH.  

One thing that brought me back to my teen years was the girls conversations. I mean, as teens, how often did you dissect the male specie actions?
I remember doing that with my girlfriends all the time, heck we still do that today. 

Over all I say worth the read. Totally worth the buy!  

Not all are listed, these are just a FEW that were mentioned I remember. 

Quoted or Refered

       Pulp Fiction
       Monty Python and the Holy Grail
       Lord of the Rings
       Star Wars
       Say Anything - One of my Favorite Movies from the 80’s Who doesn’t love                                 some Lloyd Dobler

       Mazzy Star “Fade into you”
       Life House “Hanging by a Moment”
       Nickleback – One of my all time Favorites
       Link biscuit
       David Bowie
       Faith Hill “This Kiss”  
       Pink “So What”
       Black Eye Peas “I gotta Feeling”

Favorite lines… 
           “ ‘Sooo, you’d probably know what to say if I said… ‘I’m going to ask you to go out                    with me next weekend.’… ‘Oh! Well, if it helps at all, I ‘m gonna  say yes,’ … ‘Yeah, it              helps. It creates a comfort zone… Do you wanna go out with me next weekend?’ ” 
                      - They freakin quote Buffy the Vampire Slayer word for word. Holy Crap! 

WHCC “We hate Cordelia Club” – WHTC We HATE Teresa CLub

Parental Info

Strong active language, sexual conversations and situations. Heavy make-out, and touching. Active drinking and drug use.
Recommend for 16 and up. 

The obsession with Buffy the Vampire Slayer is hysterical! They didn’t even grow up with it, but it is still a staple to them.
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