Grab Your Pole (series) – Jenn Cooksey

Synopsis

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?

Review

Shark Bait

A few inconsistencies here and there and a bit more editing would’ve been preferred! But apart from that, the story itself was so gosh darn cute! It started rather slowly (and unrealistically), but when it picked up, I was HOOKED. I love this cast of characters and all their crazy shenanigans.

The Other Fish in the Sea

WHAT WAS WITH THAT ENDING? That came out of left field. As for other unrelated comments: -The Thanksgiving retreat felt very separate from the rest of the book. I almost felt like it should’ve been its own novella! -Jenn Cooksey likes ellipses… a lot… -Are they really all high school students?! Some of it was reallllly farfetched (especially familial reactions). -I loved having the different perspectives! -Jenn Cooksey likes the 80s a LOT. Considering the audience, I’m not sure everyone will get the references.

Shark Out of Water

This installment was a LOT more frustrating. It completely hinged on miscommunication, almost like some Romeo-and-Juliet-type stuff. -I AM DYING FOR PETE’S HAPPY ENDING. Can the next installment solely focus on Pete and his princess? Maybe through alternating perspectives? -All the fighting was SO primal. And the thing was, ALL the main male characters act the same way. It was a little sickening. -It was a little disconcerting to read about the “first time.” No means NO from both ends. I thought Camie’s verbal pleas were just as manipulative as anything physical that could’ve happened. -It reads like a fanfiction, 100%. Ugh, this is totally my guilty pleasure.

Related Reading

  • The Keatyn Chronicles – Jillian Dodd
  • V is for Virgin – Kelly Oram
  • The Sound of Us – Ashley Poston
  • Other “kindle only” books — it would definitely require refining to get picked up

Rating: 3.5/5

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