"Jersey Shore" star Snooki turns novelist

Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:26pm EST
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Reality television personality Snooki doesn't read books much, nor magazines or newspapers for that matter -- unless she is in them.

But the popular 23 year-old castmate from hit MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" has written a book, and it's not just the now ubiquitous memoir from B-list celebrities that are often successful these days. Snooki is taking a risk, releasing this week a novel, "A Shore Thing," inspired by her exploits along New Jersey's famed boardwalk in the U.S. summer.

"I didn't want to do what everybody expected me to do, like an autobiography, or how to be a guidette," she told Reuters, referring to one of the TV show's signature slang words for a female Italian American.

"I wanted to surprise everybody, so I did a novel," she told Reuters.

"Jersey Shore" landed on the U.S. pop culture map with a bang about one year ago, and its cast members in their 20s are now stars. The show puts the men and women in a house -- the first one in Seaside Heights, New Jersey town and for season two, in Miami -- and turns the cameras on as the group parties all night and looks to hook up with the opposite sex.

Their antics have made audiences laugh, applaud and, occasionally, drop their jaws in sheer wonderment. Season No. 3, in which the cast returned to Seaside Heights, debuted on MTV last week to the biggest audience ever for a series telecast on the youth-oriented network, 8.45 million viewers.

Snooki, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, is a ringleader as a TV personality. As an author, she is equally adept at promoting her novel unlike some of her fiction-writing contemporaries. During a TV interview, she smiled and expertly showed off the cover that features her signature voluminous "poof" hairstyle she has worn from age 16.

In "A Shore Thing," Snooki's main character is based on Snooki. The author said she is a "pint-sized" and "carefree outspoken party girl," who with partner in crime -- based on her "Jersey Shore" castmate Jenni "Jwoww" Farley -- cruises the Jersey Shore looking for fun and boys.   Continued...

<p>Reality TV star, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, poses with her book in New York, January 10, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>