Life, Love, and Dirty Diapers

XVI Review

on October 17, 2011

I don’t usually do this, but I am willing to because I think that it would appeal to the audience of this blog. You might not know this, but I review books on the side over at I don’t usually cross post with this blog, but in books that I think were excellent and that I think pertain to the subject matter of this blog, I’m more than willing to.

Name of book: XVI

Author: Julia Karr

Summary (from the author’s website): “In the year 2150, being a girl isn’t necessarily a good thing, especially when your sixteenth (read sex-teenth) birthday is fast approaching. That in itself would be enough to make anyone more than a little nuts, what with the tattoo and all – but Nina Oberon’s life has taken a definite turn for the worse. Her mother is brutally stabbed and left for dead. Before dying, she entrusts a secret book to Nina, telling her to deliver it to Nina’s father. But, first Nina has to find him; since for fifteen years he’s been officially dead. Complications arise when she rescues Sal, a mysterious, and ultra hot guy. He seems to like Nina, but also seems to know more about her father than he’s letting on. Then there’s that murderous ex-government agent who’s stalking her, and just happens to be her little sister’s dad.”

Rating: 5

Reason for rating:I loved this book. I think what drew me to it initially was the fact that was dystopian (I liked dystopian in 1984 before it was even trendy) but what made me stay was so much more. First of all, strong female characters. Nina was a strong female character, as were her mother and her little sister. I loved the larger questions it made me think about teenagers and the pressure to have sex and the way a society is (like maybe it’s more formal in this society – more spoken about, but is it really that much different now?). I loved the relationship between Nina and her little sister – it reminded me of the relationship between me and my little sister, even if I don’t have the same family situation. I love the hidden secrets and the things left under the surface. I love that Nina is written like a real character – you can see her struggle and I felt her feelings and emotions were very real. I think this is a must read book for anyone who is interested in these larger questions about sex and teenage girls in society in particular.

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Disclosure: I was not paid for this review. I checked it out from the library and loved it. All opinions in this post are 100 percent mine.

2 responses to “XVI Review

  1. Kate says:

    sounds good. what is the deal with ‘sexteenth’ though? is it just expected that you start in that society depicted in the book?

    • Melissa says:

      Yeah, the way the society is set up, you get this tattoo, when you’re 16, that kind of lets guys know you’re available and then you’re conditioned through government controlled media that that is the time when you should be having sex but the main character, Nina, begins to question this whole premise.

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