Turning 16 (Turning 16, #1), Perie Wolford
Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBT (G)
This review contains spoilers.
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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?
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I was so excited to read Turning 16. When I read the blurb, I had a fairly good idea in my head of what the book would be like. So when I read this, I was disappointed when I realized it wasn’t like I had imagined it to be at all.
I liked the premise of the story. It’s about a boy who has never really had a great birthday and is dreading his 16th, but he still hopes he will get kissed by his crush, the popular jock. That was what I was hoping for going into this. And it was going in that direction for a while. Sam was crushing after Jake, the jock, and Sam wanted Jake to kiss him on his birthday. But it become obvious (to me) very early on that there would be another love interest.
And I think this is when my frustration began. Sam had someone who made it obvious that he liked him, and Sam treated the poor guy (who was a friend) like dirt at times. In my mind, he did anyway. To make matters worse, he was still trying to get Jake until he found out about Mitch liking him, and he automatically had a crush on him. Which could have been a non-issue. But I really liked Mitch and I thought he would have been great for Sam… had I liked Sam. But I didn’t. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t find anything I liked about Sam. I liked Jake more than I liked Sam, even if he was an ass and a horrible friend.
The things I liked…
Mitch. Honestly, he was the only light in this story for me. I thought he deserved a lot better than Sam. Saying that, I am glad he got Sam in the end. Even after the little bit of heartbreak for him.
Overall, this was not a story I could say I enjoyed. What I did enjoy was Mitch. As a character, he was cute and sweet enough for me to fall in love with, and I was glad he was in this book because it saved me from hating it. But he wasn’t enough to save the book either, which is unfortunate.
For those wondering if Jake and Sam kissed; they did. It was before Sam found out Mitch liked him, but it still annoyed me.
This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.