Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Shark out of Water (Grab Your Pole Series #3) by Jenn Cooksey: Review

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Shark out of Water (Grab Your Pole Series, #3)
by Jenn Cooksey
Publication Date:  July 30, 2013

With the Amazon Bestseller Shark Bait, the first novel in the Grab Your Pole series, debut author Jenn Cooksey delivered a fun, snarky, and realistic beginning to a larger story that has found its way into the hearts of readers everywhere. Thus, many were unprepared for what was coming in the second installment of the GYP series, The Other Fish in the Sea, when Cooksey took us on a runaway roller coaster ride of emotion and solidly landed hit after hit, including a brutal sucker punch that left readers around the globe reeling. In Shark Out of Water, the highly anticipated third installment in this humorous yet honest and real coming of age story, we delve even further into the lives of the GYP gang and many questions are sure to be answered, however, are you really ready for what lies ahead in the continuation of their adventure? Well, grab your pole and let’s find out.

My Thoughts:  I can't tell you how much I love this series.  It is one of my favorites, and Jenn Cooksey has just outdone herself in the latest installment, Shark out of Water.  I fell in love with Tristan, Camie, and the GYP gang in Shark Bait, which was told from Camie's point of view.  In Fish out of Water, the story is told from alternating POV's from the girls.  We also got to know the whole gang even better, but Jenn killed us (in a good way as I look at it in hindsight) with the ending.  Needless to say all of the fans of the series have been dying to know what happens with Camie and Tristan next, and there has been much speculation from the fans of this series as to where things would go.  Well let me tell you, a whole lot happens with not only Camie and Tristan, but also with Jeff, Kate, Brandon, Melissa, Pete and of course, Jillian, who is one of my favorite and is definitely the most diabolical of all the characters in the GYP series.  We also get to know another character who we met briefly in The Other Fish in the Sea...dun dun dun dun dun dun (that is my attempt at the theme song from Jaws)...yes, that character would be Scott.  Now I can't tell you what happens, but he is the guy that Camie briefly bumped into a couple of times in the last book and we've all be wondering what his role was going to be in the story.  

Now, for the best part of all.  Shark out of Water is told entirely from the guys' point of view!!!!!  It is so awesome.  We hear from Tristan, Jeff, Brandon, and Pete.  I love, love, love stories told from the guy's POV.  Now I must warn you, these are teenage boys, and they talk like teenage boys, they think like teenage boys, and the voice their opinion like teenage boy, so prepare yourself going in because they say what they think and they don't hold back, language and all.  Personally, I loved it.  It was so real, and to hear the things they talked about cracked me up.  Another thing that totally blew my mind was the scenarios that Jenn came up with...the things that happened, the way they happened, the circumstances and events surrounding them, and the way she tied the future back to the past, particularly with Camie and Tristan (that's all I can say about that without spoiling it, but know that it is brilliant).  I mean, you could do a research project on the inner workings of Jenn Cooksey's mind when you see how intricately she weaves her web connecting these characters and what happens with them together.  I will never look at Saran Wrap the same way again, and every time I do, I will think of Shark out of Water (can't go into more detail than that, but when you get to that part, you'll know it and I am sure you'll think it is as hilarious as I did).  The same thing goes for unicorns.  

For fans of the series, like me, you will be thrilled with Shark out of Water and the direction the story takes.  We get to find out so much more about the history of the characters and the mystery surrounding some of the things pertaining to the characters' pasts, especially Tristan.  The ending is perfect and left me completely satisfied with where Jenn Cooksey took the characters in the third installment of this series, especially for those of us who had to consider therapy after the the last book ended - LOL.  While leaving me completely satisfied, with a smile and a sigh, I cannot wait to see what happens next.  I am already plotting in my mind, as I am sure many of you are and will be, what could possibly happen next.  I am really, really hoping that Jenn delves in head first and deep into Jillian and Pete's story.  I think everyone loves Jillian....I mean, how could you not.  For those who don't know Jillian is Camie's younger sister.  She is a diabolical mastermind and her thinking and actions are rivaled only by such people as Bond, James Bond, or the dude from Mission Impossible.  Jillian is an enigma.  She knows all, she sees all, and it is hilarious how all the guys are kind of afraid of her, all except for Pete.  The other guys somewhat affectionately refer to her as the "spawn of Satan," but Jillian is painfully loyal to those she cares about.  You just never want to get on her bad side or do something to make you the subject of her wrath.  You can obviously tell she is one of my favorite characters in the story.  That said, I'll end with well done Jenn Cooksey!  I can't wait for the next installment. 

Author Bio:
Jenn Cooksey is a Southern California girl born and bred, however she’s no longer a resident of heaven on earth, but instead she currently resides in the 7th Ring of Hell with her husband, their three daughters, and a goodly number of pets. Aside from her husband, one cat, and three out of five fish, everyone living under the Cooksey’s roof is female. She’s sure her husband will not only be awarded sainthood when he kicks the bucket, but that Jesus will welcome him into heaven with a beer and a congratulatory high-five. Jenn is also of the belief that Bacon should be capitalized and that just being yourself is the best way to go. That is, unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.

Author Links:  Blog  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads  |  Instagram  |  Pinterest

Shark Bait (Grab Your Pole #1)
by Jenn Cooksey
Published:  June 15, 2012

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?

Author's Note:  While the tales themselves are fictional, some of the events and characters are very loosely based in reality and on my experiences—but don’t worry, the names of the characters, most of their unfortunate fashion sense and/or questionable taste in music has been changed to protect the not-so innocent. 

Due to language and some adult content, this book may not be suitable for readers under the age of 16.

The Other Fish in the Sea (GYP #2) 
by Jenn Cooksey
Published:  April 23, 2013

In Shark Bait, readers everywhere met and fell in love with the new girl, Camie Ramsey, and swooned over her sure to be future husband, Tristan Daniels. Now, in The Other Fish in the Sea, the long awaited second installment of the Grab Your Pole series by Jenn Cooksey, Camie and Tristan are back, but so are their friends!

So, find a breathing apparatus and shimmy into your scuba gear, because it's finally time to dive deeper into the lives of the GYP gang, but be warned, it's a big world out there and an even bigger ocean where danger might be lurking around the next corner and realistically, anything could happen.


  1. I am really loving that authors are giving us some of our favorite reads retold through the guys POV!

    1. I just love this series and Jenn does a fantastic job with the guys POVs.

  2. OMG, her author pic kicks ass! *sigh* This is another one of those books that I have on my bucket list to read. I know how much you, Megan, Andrea, and Autumn rave about it and I know I'll be kicking myself when I finally do get to read them.

    1. At least you will have them available back to back so you won't have to wait. I just love this series.

  3. Yay! I'm so happy you loved SOoW, Ellen!

  4. Well I have the first book on my kindle and now I just want to read it NOW!

  5. I have heard so much about this series but I haven't had a chance to start on it. Its great the author choose to do this book from the guys POV.

    A great review Ellen :-)

  6. So happy you loved this one Ellen! It's such a great series that deserves more attention!

  7. Thanks, it is one of my favorite series.


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