Turning 16

Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
A new romantic gay/ya book to pay tribute to Sixteen Candles movie and other awesome John Hughes movies, and era of the 80es in general. More

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Words: 36,120
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781311766748
About Perie Wolford

Perie Wolford is an optioned and produced screenwriter and published author.

His first feature-film movie Dark Harvest The Movie was shot in California by Emerging Artist Productions in 2011 and is now in post-production. The first two science fiction novels Perie has written over the years are now available in ebook format. His latest, a more mature effort in science fiction literature is a novel titled Presence that opens up the series. Perie was working on Presence for three years starting in 2011. The novel is published by NetherworldBooks Publishing House.

As of 2014 Perie started working on the gay/mm series TURNING 16. The sequel to the first book, titled TURNING 17, is gonna be released in May 2014. Stay tuned!

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Review by: juliuscalacsan on March 02, 2014 :
I loved this book! I saw it reviewed on Homorazzi, and I just had to check it out. After reading the sample, I could not get enough and had to purchase it right away. I've never seen Sixteen Candles or any John Hughes movie, so I cannot relate in that aspect. However, I loved the book nonetheless. I read the whole thing in one sitting and could not sleep until I finished it. I love all the characters, especially Sam and Mitch.

It kinda reminded me of Geography Club in a way, but this book focused more on the romance aspect rather than acceptance. I got the feels and melted during the Sam-Mitch and Sam-Jake interactions. It made me so jealous of Sam, having two hot guys pine over you! Overall, I would recommend it for people who want to read an enjoyable gay romantic novel. We need more of them!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: johanna on Feb. 26, 2014 :
Maybe it is because I fell in love with Jake of Sixteen Candles, way back when I was around 14 or so, that I fell in love with Turning 16.

It is Sam's birthday. He does not have good memories of his past birthdays. As he struggles to get through this one day, he connects with Mitch in detention. Mitch is a jock he found cute, but not as cute as Jake (not the movie Jake, Sam's Jake). To make his day even more confusing, he meets eyes with Jake. Yes, his crush Jake, the quarterback with that dreamy smile. His body is not bad either.

Thinking his day is finally over, more problems meet him when he gets home. His aunt, uncle and their five kids have moved into their house, temporarily. His room is now, temporarily, the laundry room. Worse, his birthday is delayed.

And so starts the comedy of a birthday that does not just last one day, or two days. It lasts for one whole week. What could be worse than that especially as this is the one day (or week) he now has to deal with all of the bad luck? The only glimmer of hope is that Jake is finally interested in him. Then again, so is Mitch. What to do? What to do?

My wishes came true while I was reading this book. The story is just the perfect coming of age comedy to read after reading quite a few dramatic filled ones throughout the week. So I do see this as a saviour for my sanity of sorts. Instead of crying, or getting frustrated, I found myself snorting with laughter and giggling in between. It did not help me at all every time a well placed image popped out from the page for it made the whole feel of the book just far more visual than it already was.

Turning 16 by Perie Wolford is probably one of the best reads about a young man and his finding love at 16. It is funny, engaging, and a very light read. I never was able to put this down last night so I did manage to read this through just before going off to sleep. It was simply a blast and I loved every minute of it.

Did I mention this was super romantic? If I did not, I will.

It was super romantic and made me smile huge! So huge!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: millerrichards on Feb. 25, 2014 :
I really liked this book. I mean, the story was brilliant, that birthday curse thing and everything. The writing style is a little juvenile for my taste, but I guess it is YA, so it was okay. I loved the story though. I’m a big fan of JH movies and Sixteen Candles. And this book was original but it really had that John Hughes feel about it.

As for the characters, I liked practically all of them. I loved Melissa, even though she’s a sidekick :) Sam is kinda passive and indecisive at first, but then life teaches him a lesson and he starts doing something. But he is funny and I liked that. As for Mitch and Jake… I think I choose Mitch, he is absolutely adorable, and the way he puts up with Sam’s crap, wow :)

So, all in all, it’s a nice mm/ya read. I really enjoyed it!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: jogntucker0012 on Feb. 25, 2014 :
Wow! That’s an awesome book! I’ve read it in one take, couldn’t stop until I turned the last page. I didn’t expect it to be so good. I thought it was gonna be some kind of Sixteen Candles ripoff but it’s totally not. This book is a great mm read! And that Sam-Jake-Mitch thing, OMG. It made me smile and it made me laugh and I almost cried when Sam said those things to Mitch. Well, I’m not gonna say anything else ‘cause I don’t want to spoil it for others but this book is awesome! Can’t wait to order the paperback copy. I want to read it again on paper and hold it in my hands :) 5 STARZ!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: MarySmith88 on Feb. 24, 2014 :
I absolutely LOVED this one! What a great way to pay tribute to a great movie. I like that there's a love triangle in the book, unlike in the movie, it makes things a lot more spicier. And drama, duh! Mitch is my favorite, after Sam that is, of course. Loved it, want the sequel right NOW!!! :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Alex Ronald on Feb. 24, 2014 :
Loved this one! It's an awesome romantic mm read, especially for those who like ya/teens and Sixteen Candles movie. The atmosphere is fantastic, very in style of John Hughes movies. 5 stars. I recommend!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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