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Jersey Angel

Jersey Angel - Beth Ann Bauman This is the kind of YA I want to write. And read.

If I could ever pull off writing a girl, I'd want her to be as excellent as Angel Cassonetti.

Beautiful and beguiling book about summer and coming-of-age, with no apologies for Angel's sexual behavior, nor any Hammer of Consequences/Lessons bullshit that so many books exploring adolescent sexuality seem to devolve into as a kind of punishment for readers who might get some big idea that they are entitled to their own physicality.

Kudos, also, for writing a character who isn't a college-bound above-average over-achiever.