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Sam Dorsey and His Sixteen Candles The teen years of my generation can be summed up by the collective works of John Hughes so when I saw a book was coming out loosely based on the classic, Sixteen Candles, I knew I d be reading it That is actually kind of a big deal because I m not much of a YA reader That being said, some of my favorite books have been classified as YA, so I m not sure why some formulas work for me and some don t, but this This did It read like I was watching a John Hughes movie for the first time, yet was s The teen years of my generation can be summed up by the collective works of John Hughes so when I saw a book was coming out loosely based on the classic, Sixteen Candles, I knew I d be reading it That is actually kind of a big deal because I m not much of a YA reader That being said, some of my favorite books have been classified as YA, so I m not sure why some formulas work for me and some don t, but this This did It read like I was watching a John Hughes movie for the first time, yet was still original It paid homage to a classic, but didn t get too lost in the nostalgia.Sam is turning 16 and has a history of disastrous birthdays Turning 16 is an awkward walk with Sam through his birthday week The obnoxious younger brother is there, the extended family taking over his space is there, the supportive best friend forever is there, plus Jake Jake is there sigh Jake Sam has had a crush on Jake forever and the teenage obsession he has with the rich, football hero golden boy is something everyone has felt at some point Gender and orientation don t matter, those all encompassing feelings are the same and Sam had them in spades What I really liked about this story was it read like I was in the head of a 16 year old boy It didn t feel like a BH 90210 25 year old actor playing a 16 year old This was a 16 year old kid in all his awkward, goofy and fumbling glory The pieces that read a little awkwardly made sense and added to the feeling of the age and the generation Hughes movies covered some serious moments and were able to do it without taking themselves too seriously and Turning 16 did that too There were some great secondary characters that I can t wait to see again I fell in love with Mitch, like really hard You really have to meet Mitch While Jake is swoon worthy, Mitch is who you want to spend all your free time with He s the guy, that if you end up in detention, you hope he s there too Sam and Mitch slowly develop a pretty special, and kind of surprising, friendship in detention Mitch and Jake are both jocks and play on the football team Sam is the team s towel boy and that locker room was Sam s way of being able to be around JakeSam isn t jock material, as he says,I have muscles It s just they are shy and don t like to be seen in public So, towel boy it was The locker room was also fuel for his teenage libido and fantasies Poor Sam and poor Sam s skivvies Let s just say it s a good thing that when the extended family invaded their house, Sam ended up having to sleep in the laundry room.You remember the scene in Sixteen Candles where the dad is talking to Samantha after the dance when she can t sleep and they have that great heart to heart and he say s That s why they call them crushes If they were easy, they d call them something else Turning 16 has the dad talk moment and it was just as good Not only did Sam have crush drama, but he s a 16 year old kid in high school, he s not out, that wouldn t be very realistic So that scene was extra special and one of my favorites This was definitely a fun read and I loved all the bittersweet moments It felt truly age appropriate without being patronizing and was nostalgic while still being relevant Fun and poignant and I can t wait to read the next in the series I received this book via Goodreads Don t Buy My Love program in exchange for an honest review.I had such high hopes for this book REALLY I adore the work of John Hughes, and I grew up in the 80 s so this was going to be a slam dunk winner if the book lived up to its billing Sadly, no.Sam is a 16y o boy who has a crush on Jake, a senior and star football player He loves to bask in the glow of Jake and does so regularly as the towel boy on the team Sam has regular fantasies wet dreams ove I received this book via Goodreads Don t Buy My Love program in exchange for an honest review.I had such high hopes for this book REALLY I adore the work of John Hughes, and I grew up in the 80 s so this was going to be a slam dunk winner if the book lived up to its billing Sadly, no.Sam is a 16y o boy who has a crush on Jake, a senior and star football player He loves to bask in the glow of Jake and does so regularly as the towel boy on the team Sam has regular fantasies wet dreams over this stud knowing his interest won t be reciprocated Jake s straight, and dating a beauty queen who Sam despises.Mitch is another boy on the team, and it seems he s got an interest in Sam s BFF Melissa, at least that s what Sam suspects Again, Sam can t possibly believe the hunky jock would be gayIt seems also that Sam has had a bad time when it comes to his birthdays Broken arms and house fires have been some of the lowlights so he s not keen when his family continues to delay the celebration just so his grandparents can arrive later in the week He s sure he ll face serious injuries by the time they light his candlesIn the meantime, Mitch and Jake both begin to star in Sam s dreams Sam feels guilty about this well about lusting after Mitch they are becoming friends, after all There are some scenes where it becomes clear that Mitch and Jake are diametrically opposed to each other, with Sam in the middle Perhaps he wouldn t mind to be in the midst of such a delicious mansandwich, but Sam feels compelled to focus his interest on Jake.Kinda not bad as he s rewarded with his first gay kiss one afternoon in the locker room Of course here s a lot of friction with Mitch For a gay boy, even a closeted one as Sam is, he has ABSOLUTELY NO GAYDAR This I found unrealistic, and kinda frustrating as a reader I get not wanting to out yourself in high school, but it seems the EVERYONE Sam knows already suspects his homosexuality There s a scene where a random football player invites Sam to shower with him Um, gay much Sam s bewildered, but willing None of this made sense to me.We wade through a love triangle with a MC who s not even aware that he s IN THE MIDDLE OF A LOVE TRIANGLE It takes all the tension out of the story The resolution is not entirely predictable, however, which was better than I had expected by that point.From a story standpoint, I was turned off by the repetitious nature of the prose I felt as if I was being told a story not experiencing a character s story So many times Sam addressed ME, the Reader, and it had the effect of pulling me out of the story each and every time Sentence construction was not up to YA standard I felt I was reading a middle grade work, and this notion was further enhanced with the pictorial tif s placed throughout the narrative like the campy Bam and Splat pics that one might remember from the Batman television series No, not the cartoons the live action TV series from the 1960 s featuring Adam West The book needs a line edit Too many typos, misplaced homonyms and plain out wrong words to count And, a solid editor should be able to nip the odd grammatical constructions, too I felt like the author had no grasp of the use of contractions as they were so rarely employed It gave the whole book a stilted voice that did not appeal I had the sense the author was not a native English speaker or not familiar with American teen speech at the very least.Other issues the author would do well to address Understand better the actual schedule of things in high school Sports practice occurs after school, not mid day There are no towel boys in high school sports Perhaps a team has managers, but they do not run after the athletes to collect their towels And, NO ONE believes that a TOWEL BOY could suddenly walk on to a football team on the Eve of the state championships.State football championship games occur on a weekend, not mid week, unless it coincides with a school holiday In truth this usually happens over Thanksgiving weekend Also, state championships are held in big arenas usually a university football stadium When this game ends, so does the football season No need to tell usabout how Sam may go out for the team.This book could have been written as a contemporary romance, with not one single issue The spartan use of timekeepers in the book did nothing to enhance the idea that this was taking place in the 1980 s I truly wanted to love this book because I loved the idea of it Alas, I found myself slogging through just to finish with little enjoyment All the smexytimes occur in Sam s dreams fantasies, which is appropriate for YA They were kinda steamy And, the shower scene, as mentioned, was sorta steamy Sam s denigration of Jake s girlfriend, however, I felt was ridiculous No need to be so catty, Sam Really I loved this one, but the writing style and characters really did feel full on YA compared to say Mia Kerick s YA works Sam is sweet, but insanely clueless for the most part, and the shit that his birthday curse get him into is pretty funny Plus, his wet dream scenes, which happened every morning, were both sexy and hilarious.I also LOVED Mitch in this book, but we didn t really get to know Jake all that well first hand, which is odd because he s such a central part of the love triangle.As I loved this one, but the writing style and characters really did feel full on YA compared to say Mia Kerick s YA works Sam is sweet, but insanely clueless for the most part, and the shit that his birthday curse get him into is pretty funny Plus, his wet dream scenes, which happened every morning, were both sexy and hilarious.I also LOVED Mitch in this book, but we didn t really get to know Jake all that well first hand, which is odd because he s such a central part of the love triangle.As the blurb mentions, the books is a bit of an homage to old 80 s John Hughes films, which I enjoyed, but the references were kept pretty much to a minimum.I should also note that the book was in serious need of an editor, due to numerous words simply left out, which got distracting.I do recommend reading this book, but now that I ve also read book 2, I have to warn anyone who wants to start the series that the boyfriends at the end of this book view spoiler BREAK UP hide spoiler in book 2, which pissed me the fuck off, so you ve been warned And no, I m not continuing the series with book 3 after what happened to my favorite MC s from this book in book 2 My review of Turning 16 on GreedyBug Book Reviews This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review My review of Turning 16 on GreedyBug Book Reviews This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review I have been chatting with the author since my review This book is slated for editing and I have offered to re evaluate the book and adjust my review accordingly at that time I like the base of the story, and really want to encourage Perie Wolford continue writing I am not sure if my copy was the same as what everyone else read It was provided by the author for an honest review.First off I actually went to Perie s goodreads page to make sure english was his first language before writi I have been chatting with the author since my review This book is slated for editing and I have offered to re evaluate the book and adjust my review accordingly at that time I like the base of the story, and really want to encourage Perie Wolford continue writing I am not sure if my copy was the same as what everyone else read It was provided by the author for an honest review.First off I actually went to Perie s goodreads page to make sure english was his first language before writing this review He was born in NY, so, yes english is his first language.This was a very cute idea for a story I grew up in the 80 s, I was in high school when this story took place I watched every John Hughes film many, many times Of course I was intrigued by this book immediately.The grammer errors, missing commas, and sentence structure issues had me almost DNFing it before the end of Chapter one This needs an editor desperately, or, at the very least, good beta readers.The misuse of words was astounding A house is not infected with termites, its infested You do not get out of a table, you get up from the table You do not go to the practice, the class yes, the excessive misuse of THE drove me INSANE , you go to practice These are just a few of hundreds of instances I noted.There are many tense slips also that took me right out of the story I felt I was reading 12 years olds throughout the book, rather than 16 year olds, and adults But then the author threw in a word like callow, interjected, concur there arebut those are the ones that stood out as not belonging in Sam s vocabulary considering the rest of his mundane personality.I had a hard time finding Sam Actually I never really did connect to him He has a one track mind, period And he tends to be a pretty self centered character, which put me off There just wasn t any personality involved with him, or any other character I like to feel for the characters I am reading about Mitch was the only character I felt anything for.The dialog was stilted at best No one talks like they do in this book A few suggestions to the author read , and read your own work aloud several times start to finish before publishing.My fingers itched to edit this for grammer and sentence structure Writing is a work in progress, and we are always learning, and improving our craft However, this is not Mr Wolford s first book, and he should already know how to write properly, and engage his readers through dialog and inner monologue For me, this book failed on so many levels, and I wished it hadn t This author is stealing audio royalty profits from Joel Leslie See Joel s Facebook post here also included for clarity He s at it again This author, Perie Wolford, continues to steal from me by pulling royalty share projects I did with him several years ago and reposting the exact same book with a new cover and narrated by joey leslie He knows my name He knows these were royalty share projects and he s doing something reprehensible.When I firstThis author is stealing audio royalty profits from Joel Leslie See Joel s Facebook post here also included for clarity He s at it again This author, Perie Wolford, continues to steal from me by pulling royalty share projects I did with him several years ago and reposting the exact same book with a new cover and narrated by joey leslie He knows my name He knows these were royalty share projects and he s doing something reprehensible.When I first discovered this, I alerted acx and they recently just pulled the book from sale, so not only will I not get the full seven years worth of royalties, there was no attempt to get me the royalties owed from the version with the fake narrator There is no doubt he ows me hundreds of dollars at this point Now that he has been shut out of audible, he is now selling the audiobooks, again narrated by Joey Leslie on estories Please don t buy his books Please don t buy the audio. I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.We should all have Sam s problem of having two boys fighting over him, but we should not have his bad luck with birthdays This is a cute and obviously YA book.I could have done with out the graphic balloons like from an old Batman episode to me that was the main distraction This book read as if the 16 year old who was the narrator wrote it it was cute endeaering and he made these snarky and sarcastic remarks I enjoyed it, but realize I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.We should all have Sam s problem of having two boys fighting over him, but we should not have his bad luck with birthdays This is a cute and obviously YA book.I could have done with out the graphic balloons like from an old Batman episode to me that was the main distraction This book read as if the 16 year old who was the narrator wrote it it was cute endeaering and he made these snarky and sarcastic remarks I enjoyed it, but realize that it might not be everyone s cup of tea.If you like sarcastic snarky spunky narration and angst you will love this book I am a HUGE John Hughes fan Well, fan may be putting it lightly I am the girl who wanted to move to Shermer, Illinois until I found out it was a fictional town and then I didn t care and still wanted to move to it I can recite lines from any of his movies verbatim and just happened to have named my youngest son after one of the movies he directed no NOT Ferris but don t think I didn t try that one So, being a John Hughes fan, when I saw this book I knew I had to try it I mean, a boy named S I am a HUGE John Hughes fan Well, fan may be putting it lightly I am the girl who wanted to move to Shermer, Illinois until I found out it was a fictional town and then I didn t care and still wanted to move to it I can recite lines from any of his movies verbatim and just happened to have named my youngest son after one of the movies he directed no NOT Ferris but don t think I didn t try that one So, being a John Hughes fan, when I saw this book I knew I had to try it I mean, a boy named Sam is turning sixteen and has a crush on a boy named Jake and this takes place in the 80 s It s like it was meant for me.Sam is turning sixteen and the poor boy has had a string of awful birthdays so naturally he wants this one to just be over and done with But this birthday is turning out to be the longest, the strangest and maybe end up being the best birthday Sam has had yet.Sam lusting after his crush Jake Timbers was fun to read Of course, Jake being likened to the best movie crush ever, Jake Ryan did not hurt at all I liked how Sam was so fixated on Jake that he didn t see things that were happening around him He saw them but he didn t SEE what was right in front of him It was interesting to be in the head of a sixteen year old boy, it felt real with how he interacted with his family and friends as I have my own teenager and though it s not the 80 s not much with teenager s has changed.The references to the movie Sixteen Candles was evident but it doesn t overwhelm the story and I liked that It gave it just of that classic John Hughes vibe to bring me into the story But other than that, I was lost a bit I loved Sam s journey to find the love that he wanted but there was something missing for me His friendship with Mitch was endearing and I liked how it all played out The talk with Sam s dad toward the end was SO Samantha Baker and her dad with that extra bit that made me grin along with referring to his grandparents and THE grandparents like it was done in the movie.No, I wasn t looking for this to be an m m version of Sixteen Candles at all I can t quite pin down what didn t work for me with this There was a lot of telling me how to feel and not much allowing me to feel it for myself The bubble actions ala Batman were a bit much and I could have done without them and the end was a bit over the top but other than that, I did like the story.Knowing there isto come from Sam and his birthdays has me intrigued and I look forward to readingfrom the author Previous cover edition of ASIN BIJPHDPIA tribute to John Hughes movies and the es era Sam never liked his birthdays because not a single one of them was happy When he turned one, he fell face down into his birthday cake When he turned seven, he broke his arm At his twelfth birthday, his house caught fire Now Sam is about to turn sixteen and he is dreading the dayThe only birthday wish he has is for Jake Timbers, the Mr Popular of Arcadia High, to acknowledge his existence, or better yet give him a happy birthday kiss But that s unlikely to happen Or is itDisclaimer The plot of the book substantially varies from the movie and all the references are made as a tribute to its awesomeness [Read] ➪ Snowbound with the Sheriff By Lauri Robinson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk he fell face down into his birthday cake When he turned seven ➚ [KINDLE] ❄ Storybook Dad By Laura Bradford ➤ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk he broke his arm At his twelfth birthday ❴Epub❵ ❤ A Midnight Clear / Remembering Red Thunder / Silent Surrender Author Anne Stuart – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk his house caught fire Now Sam is about to turn sixteen and he is dreading the dayThe only birthday wish he has is for Jake Timbers ☁ [PDF / Epub] ☀ The Good Father (Where Secrets Are Safe By Tara Taylor Quinn ✎ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the Mr Popular of Arcadia High [Ebook] ➢ His Secret Alaskan Heiress (Alaskan Grooms By Belle Calhoune – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk to acknowledge his existence [Download] ➾ A Baby for Mommy ➹ Sara Orwig – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk or better yet give him a happy birthday kiss But that s unlikely to happen Or is itDisclaimer The plot of the book substantially varies from the movie and all the references are made as a tribute to its awesomeness Super cute YA romance Sam s wet dreams were pretty hot and funny which I know is a weird combo but it worked Both Mitch and Sam are endearing characters Sam was a bit dense when it came to Mitch but it all worked out in the end Can t wait to read the sequel when it is released in March.


About the Author: Perie Wolford

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