Tuesday, June 28, 2011

XVI by Julia Karr

genre: young adult

In a future Chicago, Nina is nearly 16 - the age of adulthood, where every girl receives her tattoo and is legally old enough to be sexually active. Luckily, her mother taught her that turning sixteen doesn't automatically mean you have to start wanting that - in fact, Nina abhors the idea. She hates how teenagers are pressed into being promiscuous, but it's hard to find other girls that agree. When tragedy strikes and Nina is suddenly unsure of everything she ever knew, it will take good friends, both old and new, to help keep her safe while she uncovers secrets that might bring about some much needed change to her own life and the society she lives in.

So, I'll just be blunt. This book did not do it for me. The writing was scripted and obvious. The characters were flat and everything was TOLD to me. The plot was interesting enough that I didn't just chuck it at the wall but I felt so disappointed in the execution. I think with some better editing and a more creative writing style this could have just been way funner to read. The one positive is that at least Nina wasn't boy-crazy like most of the girls in this book.

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bermudaonion said...

It's too bad it wasn't executed better because it sounds like the story had potential.

Laura said...

You forgot to mention the "Trannies." I liked this one a little more than you, but I still giggled like a ten year old boy every time the term was used.

Anonymous said...

I was all about this book when I read your synopsis but then I read the end of your review and now I am thinking I will skip this one. Too bad that it didn't live up to its potential!

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