It's a summer to remember . . . at the Jersey Shore.When I was offered this book for review, I hemmed and hawed a little about it, but I knew there was someone that just might be a better judge of A Shore Thing than I would be. So, I enlisted my friend Nicole into interning for me (if you want to call it that); she read Snooki's book and was happy to share her thoughts with me. I will admit to being surprised by what she had to say. Here are Nicole's thoughts about the book :
Giovanna "Gia" Spumanti and her cousin Isabella "Bella" Rizzoli are going to have the sexiest summer ever. While they couldn't be more different—pint-size Gia is a carefree, outspoken party girl and Bella is a tall, slender athlete who always holds her tongue—for the next month they're ready to pouf up their hair, put on their stilettos, and soak up all that Seaside Heights, New Jersey, has to offer: hot guidos, cool clubs, fried Oreos, and lots of tequila.
So far, Gia's summer is on fire. Between nearly burning down their rented bungalow, inventing the popular "tan-tags" at the Tantastic Salon where she works, and rescuing a shark on the beach, she becomes a local celebrity overnight. Luckily, she meets the perfect guy to help her keep the flames under control. Firefighter Frank Rossi is exactly her type: big, tan, and Italian. But is he tough enough to handle Gia when things really heat up? cont'd
Jackie: Was A Shore Thing just like Jersey Shore?
Nicole: Yes and no. I am a huge fan of the show, but I find it raunchy in comparison to this book. A Shore Thing is almost the sweet, fun loving way of life at Jersey Shore. When the author was describing the characters and giving them nicknames, I was able to picture them. For example, when Snooki called the girls 'guidettes' and the guys 'juiceheads', the characters from the show came to mind.
J: Tell me a bit about the book.
N: The book is about two girls (cousins), Gia (Snooki) and Bella (JWow). They move to the shore to have a 'parental free', fun loving, 'gorilla guy' crazy summer. What they end up having is a rollercoaster of a summer full of spray tanning, working out, fires, and the funniest jelly fish 'situation'. It is not all fun and games though. This story does have some serious points. For example, Bella gets into a serious altercation with a guy and the cousins' relationship is put to the test. But it sends the message that you need to think and live for yourself, and treasure the time with your family.
J: Would you recommend A Shore Thing?
N: I would absolutely recommend this book. I have to admit that it took a couple of chapters to get into it, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. Lots of fun and a great read. I would even say that if you are not a fan of the show, you will still enjoy it.
I can totally tell from Nicole's reaction that this is a book worth reading (she's not afraid to tell me when a book falls short for her). I think I'll have to get over my own misconceptions and give this one a try. They say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, so despite the large poof of Snooki's hair on the cover of A Shore Thing and the pinkest book binding I've ever seen, it looks like this book is a winner.
In parting, Nicole says: "Enjoy! All my fellow wannabe "Guidettes". As for me, I think I will, now :-)