Published: January 4, 2011
Publisher: Gallery Books
My Rating: 2/5
Summary (from chapters.ca):
It's a summer to remember . . . at the Jersey Shore.
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?
Bella is more than ready for some fun in the sun. Finally free of her bonehead ex-boyfriend, she left home in Brooklyn with one goal in mind: hooking up with a sexy gorilla for a no-strings-attached summer fling. In no time, she lands a job leading "Beat Up the Beat" dance classes at a local gym, and is scooped up by Beemer-driving, preppy Bender Newberry. Only problem: Bella can't get her romantic and ripped boss Tony "Trouble" Troublino out of her head. He's relationship material. Suddenly, Bella's not sure what she wants.
The cousins soon realize that for every friend they make on the boardwalk, there are also rivals, slummers, and frenemies who will do anything to ruin their summer-and try their relationship. Before July ends, the bonds of family and friendship will be stretched to the breaking point. Will the haters prevail, or will Gia and Bella find love at the Shore?
Do you know what these mean?!? DTF ... GTL ... Smush ...
If you do, chances are that you have seen an episode or two of MTV's Jersey Shore and are very familiar with Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and all of the craziness that goes on down at the beaches of the Jersey shore in the summer.
When I first picked up A Shore Thing, I knew that I would have to read it with an open mind and an understanding of who the author is. Was I expecting brilliance? No. Not at all. In fact, I have to say that A Shore Thing was exactly what I was expecting... a mindless story with little to no substance.
Why Nicole Polizzi didn't just have the story as an autobiography leaves me scratching my head because, really, it's reads exactly like an episode of Jersey Shore. Being a 'Guidette' really is a whole different way of life and one that I can't say is very flattering to anyone claiming to live that way. In fact, it sort of paints a nasty picture of the innocent girls that go to the 'Shore' for fun and sun and nothing else... do they even exist?
While the story was mildly entertaining and short enough not to feel as though your life was wasting away, I can't say that I will be picking up the sequel... Yep, you read that correctly, there is a sequel.
Overall, if you are a fan of the way that Snooki lives her life and find her entertaining, then you will love Gia and in all liklihood, enjoy the story! To me, it came across as a novel of opportunity... Snooki is in the spotlight and suckers, like me, will buy it!