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Lazy Summer Read

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By Jordan Brown

The year I turned sixteen hasn’t happened yet, but in author Diane Schwemm’s novel “The Year I Turned Sixteen,” four sisters have four unforgettable birthdays. This entertaining novel is heartwarming and fun. It’s definitely not your average sweet sixteen party. The four sisters Rose, Daisy, Laurel, and Lily explore the world of turning the “big sixteen.”

The novel starts out with the eldest sister, Rose; her dreams are moved out the picture when financial problems hit the family because of her father’s death. Huge changes happen when she is sixteen. The next sister, Daisy, tries to change her “goodie goodie” status for her sixteenth birthday. The third oldest, Laurel, has to deal with tragedy and turning sixteen. Being the youngest, Lily has to find herself by herself because her sisters are off to college. The sisters each have their own different challenges no matter what caliber.

Schwemm gave me tears and laughter. “The Year I Turned Sixteen” is the perfect lazy summer daybook. I recommend this book for teens and adults. Schwemm put a spin on the usual sweet sixteen parties. This is a bittersweet story and a great read that will keep you glued to the pages.

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