Snooki, Snook, Snooks, Snookers, Snickers. It's hard to keep track of all of the nicknames for MTV's Jersey Shore break-out star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, a Poughkeepsie, N.Y. native.
Northern Valley residents, however, have no problem staying up-to-date on all things Jersey Shore – especially when it comes to this pint-sized star.
On Wednesday, Jan. 12, Polizzi appeared at Books & Greetings in Northvale to sign hundreds of copies of her new novel, "A Shore Thing." More than 500 fans showed up to get a glimpse of the 4'9 celebrity and have her sign the newly released book, described by the author as a "sweet, funny, and sexy novel" that "perfectly captures the heat, the energy, the fun and the drama of Jersey Shore."
Known for her signature hair "pouf," curvaceous frame and controversial antics, "published author" is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Snooki. Then again, the reality star didn't have to dig too deep for plot ideas.
Seemingly identical to the adventures of Snooki and her fellow Jersey Shore cast member Jenni "J-Wowww" Farley, the novel tells the story of Giovanna "Gia" Spumanti and her cousin Isabella "Bella" Rizzoli. According to the book's summary, the two are "ready to pouf up their hair, put on their stilettos, and soak up all that Seaside Heights has to offer: hot guidos, cool clubs, fried Oreos, and lots of tequila."
Northvale resident Samantha Weston, 21, waited outside of Books & Greetings in the bitter cold for her chance to meet Snooki.
Weston said she was quite shocked yet excited when she heard Polizzi wrote a novel.
"It's actually pretty good so far – I really like the characters she's writing about," Weston said. "I was surprised when I heard about the book, but I knew she had it in her!" Polizzi co-wrote the book with a woman by the name of Valerie Frankel, feeding into the wide-spread opinion that she wouldn't be able to write one by herself. Sixteen-year-old Melissa Errico from Harrington Park said she thinks Polizzi is beyond capable of completing a well-written novel.
"Oh my gosh, I feel like I am meeting royalty!" Errico said. "My friends and I all get together to watch every show and we even went to their beach house down the shore to take pictures. I love Snooki's confidence in herself and how she does what she wants. I knew she could do this – people definitely underestimate her."
Although pre-teen and teenage girls made up the majority of the crowd, a few young boys and a couple middle-aged and senior fans waited for their chance to meet Polizzi.
Old Tappan residents Kevin Loudin, 12, Zach DeNike, 13 and J. Henry, 12, couldn't wait to meet her.
"All of the people on the show are so funny," Loudon said.
"Snooki is the funniest; everything she says is ridiculous," added DeNike. "For the people who say it badly represents Italians or that they party too much, they probably don't watch the show," Henry said. "It's just entertaining and something to look forward to every week."
Books & Greetings employee Holly Procida said that she was thrilled for store owner Kenny Sarfin that Polizzi wanted to do a signing there.
"Kenny has a great reputation in the publishing and PR world since he does such a good job publicizing the events with signs and emails," Procida said. "Snooki's reps contacted him because they knew the event would be a success, so I am really happy for him."
Sarfin said he was pleased with how the event went and he hopes Polizzi will come back again.
"Snooki was nice to everyone and signed each book for every person in the store," he said.
Jersey Shore just kicked off its third season, with Snooki and the rest of the cast hitting the peak of their popularity. An entrepreneur on many fronts, Polizzi is not only a published author, but has landed numerous endorsement deals and even created her own line of signature furry slippers.
Just two years ago, Polizzi was a Poughkeepsie girl who looked forward to her summers down the shore. Now, she has been spoofed on South Park and Saturday Night Live, has a Twitter following that recently hit 1 million and has made numerous appearances at celebrity and national events.
Whether you love her or hate her, one audition changed her life and "pouf!" a star was born.