September 29, 2010 / 8:17 PM / 8 years ago

"Snooki" takes romance from hot tub to book world

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of reality television program "Jersey Shore" arrives as a guest for the premiere of the film "Grown Ups" in New York June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - “Jersey Shore” star Nicole Polizzi is looking to expand from the world of reality television to best-selling romance author.

The 22-year-old, better known by her nickname “Snooki,” will publish a novel, aptly titled “A Shore Thing,” in January 2011, Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, said on Wednesday.

The book will tell the tale of a “girl looking for love on the boardwalk (one full of big hair, dark tans, and fights galore),” Gallery said in a news release.

Polizzi has been in the media spotlight since MTV’s “Jersey Shore” — about the lives and leisure of young Italian-Americans in New Jersey — became a U.S. pop culture sensation in the past year.

In August, Polizzi was sentenced to community service after she was arrested in Seaside Heights, New Jersey while filming for the popular MTV series.

Celebrity website said she had been partying with a beer bong along the town’s boardwalk and fallen off her bicycle.

“Jersey Shore,”‘s second season premiere, set in Miami, scored 5.3 million viewers, growing to 6.5 million in early September, delivering MTV’s highest rated series telecast in more than eight years, MTV said.

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