Thursday, July 1, 2010
Being Sixteen by Allyson B. Condie
Title: Being Sixteen
Author: Allison B. Condie
Genre: Teen Fiction
Premise: Juliet Kendall has been looking forward to her sixteenth birthday for what feels like forever. At first, it seems like being sixteen will be as perfect as she dreamed-she has great friends, a cute almost-boyfriend, a spot on the varsity girls- basketball team, and even a car of her own. But, as the year goes on, she discovers that her sister Carly is hiding a secret and realizes that, in fact, being sixteen may be her hardest year yet. (Amazon Product Description)
Opinions: This is book takes a hard look at how difficult it is to be a teenager in this day and age, especially when having to fight against what society considers a good personal image. The characters are deeply realistic and deal with the very real issue of eating disorders. I love how Allyson Condie shows the impacts of one sister's eating disorders impacts her family, her friends, and her view of religion. I found Juliet to be an incredibly in depth character and I found myself drawn into her story as her world goes from fabulous to disastrous. This is a definite must read for teens and adults alike.