Review: Shark Bait by Jenn Cooksey
Shark Bait by Jenn Cooksey
June 15, 2012
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?
SHARK BAIT is a hilarious YA contemporary debut that came into my life at just the right time. I haven’t read a book this fast in months! The snarky humor, hot boy, hilarious narrator, and an entertaining cast of supporting characters all made for one heck of a book. My heart was just as invested as Camie’s was in the outcome of her “game” to snag Tristan. This yummy hunk of man is very difficult to get and Camie has to give her all to be able to have a chance. If you’re looking for a book that will make your heart flutter and cause more giggles than you can count, don’t pass on SHARK BAIT.
Camie’s inner dialogue is the absolute best. Her musings on Tristan, Kate, Jeff, and life in general made it so easy to connect with her just a few pages in. She says it like it is, no matter how ridiculous it may seem. Some of the stuff she gets herself into can be a bit unrealistic, but it was easy to let it slide with Camie pulling the reins. Her friendship with Kate is one of my favorite parts about SHARK BAIT. They genuinely care about each other and support each other even in the worst of times. She even gets back with her stoner ex Jeff (who she still loves) just to help Camie score Tristan. That’s true friendship right there.
Tristan is basically a god with normal teenage boy flaws that make him more human than he appears to be. He’s hot, has amazing parents that are cool with anything he does and never question him, a best friend who has been there for him since childhood, and he’s got a magnetic persona that attracts everyone to him. But he’s never actually been in a real relationship with a girl which causes some riptides in the waves he and Camie are making together. There were times when I wanted to whack him upside the head for his stupidity, but he’s a guy. He’s going to make mistakes, especially since Camie is his first girlfriend.
There is so much that I adore about SHARK BAIT. Camie’s sister Jillian is a crazy little deviant who you do NOT want to mess with. She’s a genius that has a gift for crazy awesome revenge plots. Tristan’s Wall of Infamy is one of my absolute favorite things. Like ever. If you want to know what I’m talking about, just read SHARK BAIT. I laugh whenever I think about it! Jeff and Kate totally add to the awesomeness that is SHARK BAIT, and I honestly don’t think Tristan or Camie would’ve made it without them. The parents in the book are also pretty freaking amazing. Camie’s parents are super supportive and love their daughters to pieces. Tristan’s parents are some of the coolest people ever and their involvement in the Wall of Infamy made my life.
I’m crazy in love with the first novel in the Grab Your Pole series, and I am most definitely in it for the long haul. I am nervous yet excited to see what Cooksey has in store for Camie, Tristan, Kate, Jeff, and Jillian. Take a chance on SHARK BAIT!