“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.
By Heather, Submitted on 2015-02-25
The first time I saw this book on the shelf at Deseret Book I have to admit I put it back. I just wasn't sure I was ready to read another book dealing with eating disorders. Then after reading Matched I decided I wanted to delve into more of Ally's past titles. Being Sixteen resonated with me on so many levels. It hit deep within my core. It's one of my top three favorite books of 2010. I truly believe sometimes stories come into our lives at just the right time. I found myself in tears several times while reading. It breathes truth and hope. Allyson Condie takes on eating disorders with grace and style. Her voice is poetic, and real.
"On one level I was ashamed of how weak I was, of how I'd do anything to avoid feeling hurt. But on another level I felt almost strong, a little proud of the way I'd cut off the parts of my life that made me feel too much sadness." p. 124
This is a book I would wholeheartedly recommend to every Young Woman I know as well as her parents. Many crucial facets of diagnosis, treatment and the long road to recovery from anorexia and bulimia are addressed. Two sister's struggles and growing pains are woven beautifully into the pages showing that even those from strong functional families have life altering problems.
Being Sixteen explores the effects of an eating disorder on loved ones and family as well as how easily faith in Heavenly Father can dim, to later be rekindled. Thank you so much to Deseret Book for sending me this book for review. It is one that I will forever remember. Five stars plus.
By Paige, Submitted on 2015-02-25
every teen girl should read this book. i loved the book it is one of those books you just can't put down. you would never regret buying this for your teenage daughter.
By Bertha, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Being sixteen was for the most part quite enjoyable. It told a satisfying story of a family that has problems, even if they're doing all the right things. It also touches on perserverance, and judging people. The main thing I liked was that it raises awareness on eating disorders, and shows what can happen if you get help.
By Malibu, 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!
By Marissa, 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.
By ashley, 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.