Being Sixteen

by Allyson B. Condie

Being Sixteen

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“This is one of those books you can't put down, and I wholeheartedly recommend it. My wish for this book is that every high school girl, her sisters, and their mom will read Being Sixteen and then get together and discuss what they've learned from it.” — Jack Weyland, author of Charly

The night of my sixteenth birthday, I didn_�_t even bother to make a wish when I blew out the candles on the cake. It was my sixteenth birthday, after all. My wishes had already come true.

When you turn sixteen, you can start dating. And driving. And living.

I counted the candles on my cake as the flames flickered in the summer breeze. I heard the cheers of my friends and family, and as I tasted cake and summer and the promise of good times to come, I thought, This is going to be a good year. Maybe the best year of my life.

I had no idea.

Juliet Kendall has been looking forward to her sixteenth birthday for what feels like forever. At first, it seems like being sixteen will be as perfect as she dreamed — she has great friends, a cute almost-boyfriend, a spot on the varsity girls_�_ basketball team, and even a car of her own. But, as the year goes on, she discovers that her sister Carly is hiding a secret and realizes that, in fact, being sixteen may be her hardest year yet.

Being Sixteen is a coming-of-age story about two sisters and their different struggles. It addresses what it means to have a testimony, what it means to be a friend and a sister, and what_�_s involved in dealing with and overcoming an eating disorder.

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Awesome!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

this book is one of the best teen books i have ever read! it shows you how testimonies and family strength can grow.

I'll never get tired of this book
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I loved loved loved this book! I plan on reading this book as many times as possible. I just love it. The characters are so real. I dont know what else to say without ruining the book.

A Must Read for Moms, Daughters and Sisters!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book was fantastic. One of the best works of LDS fiction I've read.

This is a well-written book about a 16 year old dealing with some very difficult things and the author resolves them in a very real way. I loved how Juliet grew over the course of the novel, and you never find her little sister annoying or bratty, you find her real. (I also appreciated how the author didn't try to add in a bunch of references to teen culture (facebook, ipods) like some authors make the mistake of trying to do.

The author is really good at her craft- she uses symbolism beautifully. It was well-paced and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.

I was really pleased with this book- I am going to have to go and read her other books now, too!

About the Author

Allyson B. Condie

Allyson Braithwaite Condie taught high school English in Utah and in upstate New York. Currently, she is employed by her two little boys, who keep her busy playing trucks and building blocks. She enjoys running with her husband, Scott, listening to Neil Diamond (really!), reading, traveling, and eating. She lives with her family in Ithaca, New York.

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