Thursday, 26 January 2012

{Review} XVI by Julia Karr

Release Date: 6 January 2011
Publisher: Speak
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 325
Rating:  4- Great
Some girls can't wait to be sixteen, to be legal. Nina is not one of them. Even though she has no choice in the matter, she knows that so long as her life continues as normal, everything will be okay. 
Then, with one brutal strike, Nina's normal is shattered; and she discovers that nothing that she believed about her life is true. But there's one boy who can help--and he just may hold the key to her past. 
But with the line between attraction and danger as thin as a whisper, one thing is for sure... 
My Thoughts:
 This book was interesting as it deals with topics which are not often raised in YA literature, with interesting situations and a fight to remain who you are can only leave you wanting more.

I enjoyed reading about Nina, she was an interesting character, unlike any I have read about before with a punk edge of sorts. I liked how she wanted to remain pure and did not want to become a sex-teen or get the XVI tattoo. The XVI tattoo shows that a girl is old enough to have sex and should possibly want to throw herself at men.

I think Julia Karr did a great job with this theme and concept as it deals with teenage-sex. This book should teach everyone a lesson and hopefully change some people’s lives. This book is also a dystopian novel so it made everything all the more interesting.

I thought that the way this book was written could have been a little better and maybe a little less repetitive; there were some parts which were written beautifully and were extremely engrossing.

Another important aspect of this book is the fact that family is very important. I really enjoyed reading about Nina and her sister, Dee. The bond they shared was special and interesting to read about.

I am excited to read the second novel; Truth as the ending for XVI was really something that made me happy.
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