Posted by armpitofamerica on March 6, 2011
In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, Snooki didn’t really write her much publicized debut novel, A Shore Thing. Rather, she employed the use of a ghostwriter to do the grunt work for her. So how much input did Snooki actually have in the book that credits her as the author?
We now know the answer. Thanks to an old friend over at Simon & Shuster, I’ve got my hands on the only copy of Snooki’s original manuscript. And I’m happy to share it with all of you.
Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by armpitofamerica on January 25, 2011
Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs, rabid racoons, or guidos bite!
When I first heard of the book Good Night New Jersey, I assumed it was a depressing tale of some downtrodden loser aching for his chance to get out of New Jersey and say good night to this state once and for all. After borrowing Good Night New Jersey from my four-month-old niece, I found out that the book is nothing of the sort.
Rather than being some dark story of someone trying to get out, the book celebrates all things New Jersey. It presents a whirlwind tour of the Armpit of America, from morning to night, culminating in the climactic, if rather predictable, “Good Night, New Jersey” ending.
But before that, we say good morning, hello, greetings, good afternoon, and good evening to a variety of attractions throughout the state. The beach, a blueberry farm, Lucy the Elephant, Adventure Aquarium, and Asbury Park (with requisite Springsteen reference) are all visited. The book also pays tribute to the Lakota Wolf Preserve – something I didn’t even know existed.
Good Night New Jersey is a quick, easy, and fun read. The pictures are very colorful and accurately portray the various New Jersey attractions. I think the book is a great vehicle for New Jersey’s youngest residents to take pride in their state. And it can be used to teach those mini haters from other states just how good New Jersey really is. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by armpitofamerica on January 12, 2011
I actually enjoyed it. Really.
I recently read Snooki’s writing debut, A Shore Thing. And it was a lot better than I ever would have imagined. Snooki[’s ghostwriter] did a wonderful job of capturing the essence (beer and sweat) of a summer at the Jersey Shore.
The novel revolves around Gia, a short, slutty guidette (can you guess who she is modeled after?) and her cousin Bella. Bella seems to be a combo of Snooki’s Jersey Shore castmates J-WOWW and Sammi. She has implants, wears skimpy shirts, and knows how to fight (a la J-WOWW) yet is pretty naïve and has bad taste in men (like Sammi).
Snooki[’s ghostwriter] does a decent job at telling the story of the cousins who leave their home in Brooklyn to spend a month at the Jersey Shore – Seaside Heights to be exact. We see all of their troubles and triumphs, from searching for summer jobs to hunting for “Italian gorilla juiceheads” to hook up with. Regarding jobs, Gia secures employment at a tanning salon, and for some reason, upon being hired, gives the arm of the couch in the waiting room a lap dance. Seriously. Meanwhile, Bella gets hired at a gym to lead dance classes. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by armpitofamerica on December 6, 2010
Excerpt from the book: "See Snooki. See Snooki hump. Hump Snooki hump."
Snooki is many things to many people. She’s a reality show star and a YouTube star. She’s a lover and a fighter. She’s the guido lusting, gorilla humping, pickle sucking object of my obsession. And now Snooki is adding another hat to her wardrobe (aside from that stupid Stetson bejeweled with her name on it). You see, Snooki is now an author.
Joining the ranks of other reality show stars turned authors, like Kate Gosselin, Nicole Richie, and Jersey Shore castmate and former hookup Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, Snooki is officially an author – a novelist to be more specific.
The book in question [the question being whether she really wrote it or not], is titled A Shore Thing. Get it? She became famous on “Jersey Shore” and then took a popular saying and substituted the word “sure” with the homonym of “shore”! Such a genius this girl is! Though this isn’t really Snooki’s first attempt at writing. Remember that letter she wrote to Sammi telling her that Ronnie was cheating on her? Well going by that, we can expect plenty of grammatical errors that even a third grader wouldn’t make.
So what is this book about? Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by armpitofamerica on March 2, 2010
NJ is the edge of the world? More like center of Hell!
Time for another book review! Last time, I wrote about the bible of the Turnpike, Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike. For today, I’m reviewing Living on the Edge of the World, edited by Irina Reyn. This book is a collection of short stories all about life in New Jersey.
There are 19 stories total, including Reyn’s introduction, each by a different author who grew up in the state. Anyone from New Jersey will probably relate in one way or another to these stories. And anyone who isn’t from New Jersey can read this book to get an in-depth look of what our state is really like.
What’s great about the book is that each story can stand alone and still be a wonderful read. Whether the author loves or hates his or her native state, each story is equally passionate. Of course, people from New Jersey aren’t known for their subtlety.
Another cool thing about the book is how each story provides not just the name of the author, but also the town and exit number of where the story takes place. Though Reyn doesn’t point out whether the exit is on the Parkway or Turnpike, she doesn’t have to. Us New Jerseyans know instinctively.
Though each story is good, some stand out a little more than others. Here are just a few of my favorites. If these pique your interest, go read “Living on the Edge of the World” yourself. Read the rest of this entry »
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