Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Bookanistas: Sweet XVI


You guys might remember me being glued to a book back when I was giving birth to Ben a few months ago. Trust me when I say there aren't many books that can hold your attention while you're delivering an 8 and a half pound baby, but XVI is one of them. 

Here's what the back cover has to say: 
Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world - even the most predatory of men - that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past - one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.


LiLa's Take: XVI is a completely fresh take on a dystopian society. The thought provoking premise and choices that the characters make throughout the novel will spark some pretty fascinating discussions about gender politics and sexual freedom in young and old readers alike. Can't wait to hear what others think of this page turner!

It's 2011 and The Bookanistas are back with a BANG! Check out the books they're celebrating in the new year:

14 comments:

Cheree said...

I'm hearing good things about this book. I can't wait to read it.

Matthew Rush said...

I hate that the new Bookanistas don't have Google Friend connect on their blogs. I read way too many blogs to try to subscribe via rss feed. Oh well.

This book sounds awesome. Thanks for the confirmation!

Deb said...

Yay for book celebrations! This has been on my to read list for a long time! Looking forward to the rest of your celebrations. Bookanistas ROCK, man. (Yeah, I'm that old, lol)

Christine Fonseca said...

Nice! I really want to read this one too....so so so many fab books!

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

I've heard good things about XVI. ***sigh*** Will add to my never ending list of reads.

Tracey Neithercott said...

I love dystopian so this is most definitely in my TBR pile. Plus, that cover is awesome.

Deb said...

Have Julia's book on my to read list!! Thanks for the review. AND...thanks for listing all the Bookanista's just went and followed/added to google reader!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I'm anxious to read this one! :-)

Nicole Zoltack said...

This book just sounds so good. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Yay, Julia! Can't wait to read it!

ali said...

This is a must-read for me this year. Thanks for the review!

Krispy said...

Adding another read to my TBR list!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

So excited to read this. Love the concept, the setting, and everything I've heard about it. Huge congrats to Julia on the release!!

Claire Dawn said...

Yes, definitely reading XVI this month. :)