Set in the 80es, this book is a gay tribute to the wonderful Sixteen Candles movie and the era in general.
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?
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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
I stayed up way too late to finish this one last night. Being that the inspiration for this story is John Hughes classic Sixteen Candles, this is right in my wheel house and I was right back in high school. The whole "John Hughes" feel was captured really well and I absolutely loved Sam and his birthday drama. Full review: boymeetsboyreviews.blogspot.com/2014/02/turning-16-by-perie-wolford.html
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
My wishes came true while I was reading this book. The story is just the perfect coming of age comedy to read after reading quite a few dramatic filled ones. Instead of crying, or getting frustrated, I found myself snorting with laughter and giggling in between. Turning 16 is probably one of the best reads about a young man and his finding love at 16. It is funny, engaging, and a very light read. Full review: headouttheoven.blogspot.com/2014/02/review-turning-16-turning-16-1-by-perie.html
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
I wholeheartedly recommend this book! Turning 16 is a great read. It's light and funny while also having a couple of seriously deep and painful moments. And it has cartoon splats! Mr. Wolford makes it easy to believe that the book was written by a sixteen year old. I can't wait until May when Sam turns 17! Full review: thenovelapproachreviews.com/2014/03/17/perie-wolfords-turning-16-is-an-homage-to-john-hughes-reviewed-by-tina/
Perie Wolford captures that adolescent hypersexuality perfectly, in part due to his fast and clever prose. It's a cute tale and an easy and enjoyable read Full review homorazzi.com/article/turning-16-by-perie-wolford-book-review-gay-adolescence-coming-of-age-story/#ixzz2uhnAXCNA