Turning 16 (Turning 16, #1), Perie Wolford

Turning 16Rating: 2.5 Stars

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBT (G)

Length: 196 Pages

Reviewer: Trisha

Purchase At: Smashwords (Use code ZR37J to receive 50% off at Smashwords until April 28, 2014), amazon.com


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?

Disclaimer: The plot of the books substantially varies from the John Hughes movies and all the references to the movies are made as a tribute to their awesomeness.



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.


9 responses to “Turning 16 (Turning 16, #1), Perie Wolford

  1. Thanks for your review, Trisha! Sorry you didn’t like the story. You just gotta understand that this birthday week thing was very annoying for Sam and all he was trying to do is just get through it with minimal damage. Yes, he made mistakes along the way, but he’s 16. That is the time for making mistakes. Besides, Mitch is not perfect. He practically barged into Sam’s life, uninvited and expecting for Sam to fall in love with him. I don’t think Sam treated Mitch badly friendship-wise. Mitch knew Sam liked Jake, and yet he was trying to interrupt any interactions between them two. It wasn’t very nice of him either. He could have told Sam that Jake was gay and let them two have a chance at happiness 🙂 So, it’s not black and white. And Sam is not a bad person, he was just going through a rough patch. He was actually trying not to hurt anybody. They all made mistakes, all three of them, and learned from the experience. At least, that’s how I wanted to show it. Sorry if you think I did a bad job. Thanks for the review though! Everybody is judging from its own position and you had your own perspective and it was fun to find out what it was. So thanks! 🙂

    • Trisha says:

      I think it was just my personal taste more than anything. It wasn’t your fault at all! I hope I didn’t sound too harsh or anything!
      Thank you for understanding. And thanks for the review copy! 😀

    • Kazza says:

      I’m going to take this opportunity to thank you for the review copy. But then I’ll say how I feel. TWO reviewers here read your book, Josh being the other, and both had the same thoughts. Independently both felt 2 stars. This is the first Trisha will know of this, just for the record.

      If the reviewers are struggling seeing things as you want them to be seen, then the book needs to reflect your thoughts more clearly rather than making our seventeen year old reviewer feel like she has to thank you for “your understanding.” I don’t take kindly to authors coming on here to explain their ideas of how the review should be “seen.”

  2. Pandorash says:

    I’d like to thank Greedy Bug for this. I was considering reading this book but don’t think I will now, and I’m grateful for the honest and thorough review. I love 16 candles and was both excited and wary of this book. I personally struggle with not liking main characters in books and, based on what Trisha has said, I doubt I will like them. And, given that the author has had to justify/explain the characters here, it just confirms my doubts.

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