Knockout Angel is a laid back Jersey girl who lives in the moment and isnâ€™t ashamed of the number of guys sheâ€™s hooked up with: â€œFrom where I stand I count three guys in the bleachers I slept with, another leaning on the fence. Then I count Joey andâ€¦two more guys on the fieldâ€¦Then I lose count.â€ She enjoys the attention she gets from boys for her killer curves and long dark hair. Her mother is a flirtatious serial dater, while her divorced dad is â€œâ€¦basically a nice guy but heâ€™s remarried, with two little girls, and the truth is I donâ€™t quite fit in.â€ She has a hard time staying in a relationship with her on-again, off-again boyfriend Joey because there are always so many other temptations: â€œI guess I like my freedom too much…I like possibilities. But after a time-out, Iâ€™m always ready to come back.â€ This time, Joey tells Angel there will be no more time-outs, theyâ€™re done for good. Alone and restless during the hot summer months, Angel falls into a dangerous relationship with a boy who is off limits. â€œAm I bad person? It doesnâ€™t feel bad. Not really. Itâ€™s separateâ€¦And it doesnâ€™t mean anything.â€ Now Angel is coasting into senior year. Everyone else is getting ready for college, while sheâ€™s trying to keep her increasingly complicated love life under wraps and figure out a plan for her future. Angel just wants to hang out and have fun. But life canâ€™t always be one long summer at the Jersey Shore. I thought this book was divinely different, with a unlikely heroine who owns her sexuality and is frank with herself about her strengths and weaknesses. Not everyone has to or will go to college, and it’s refreshing to have an author acknowledge that through a character who knows she could have done better in school but was too busy enjoying herself to care, and now must honestly assess the other options open to her. Whether you’re a Snookie or a Carrie, I think you’ll enjoy meeting Angel Cassonetti.