This is the very first of many Young Adult (YA) stories that I hope to review here, especially if this is any indication of the type of stories we could expect. I really enjoyed this story, Sam our main character believes that his birthday is hexed and it may very well be with all of the horrible incidents that take place on that day. You can see the drama in the book description below.
Sam believes that if he can get everyone to forget and even more not mention his birthday he’ll be able to skate by this one without anything bad happening. You know that’s not going to happen and to add to the drama further, his birthday celebration keeps getting pushed back because this and that family member was busy and couldn’t attend. It was funny reading how Sam tried to but the shebang on anyone trying to relay a birthday wish.
Let’s see who do we have that are the love interests. First off we have Jake the school quarterback who Sam has been crushing on for a couple of years. Sam was always not to far away, watching Jake and also volunteering as the towel boy in the locker room.
I’m going to talk about me for a minute and how it relates to the story.
The way the author wrote the silent voyeurism from Sam’s point of view brought back so many memories of myself. I realized early on I like the penis and not just mine, guys you know how it is right? I remember taking lots of secretive glances when I was in the locker room, so all of the references the author brought to these scenes were very real and it conjured up all of those old memories.
We also have Mitch and he is sort of a wild card you never really know what is going on in his head. As the story progressed I really opened up to Mitch, I like how the Author uncovered who Mitch is slowly and it added to the anticipation of the what was going to happen next.
A good YA story is built on the characters and the story line. You can’t spice things up by showing the reader any sexual scenes so a YA author needs to do add to the story by giving us the romance. Perie Wolford definitely did that with Turning Sixteen it was just angsty enough to keep me turning the pages until it was finished. This book is well balanced, it is funny as well as hurting, it really is an exceptional coming of age tale.
I want to close this by saying that if you want to read a really good Romance, look at the YA authors they really have a lot to offer this genre.
Book Description Sam never liked his birthdays because not a single one of them was happy… When he turned 1, he fell face-down into his birthday cake; when he turned 5, he broke his left arm and when he turned 7, he broke his right arm and his left leg; when he turned 12, his house caught fire. Now Sam is about to turn 16 and he is dreading the day. The only birthday wish he has is for Jake who is the Mr. Popular of Arcadia High to even acknowledge his existence, or better yet give him a happy-birthday kiss.
But Sam knows that it’s not gonna happen. Or is it?
Look for Turning 17 which is scheduled for Release on June 15, 2014.
Turning Sixteen was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by GGR-Review