Thursday, April 12, 2012
Being Sixteen by Ally Condie

Published: 2.3.10
Publisher: Deseret Book Compnay
Pages: 240
Rating: 5 Stars

Summary: 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. 

The Book in 3 Words: Beautiful, Thoughtful, Emotional

My Thoughts: This book was so amazing. I love Ally's Matched trilogy and so I was super excited to read this book, which is a contemporary with a bit of a harder and more emotional storyline. The story is wonderful, uplifting and full of great messages. The story of Juliet and her family just pulls you right in. I was hooked from literally the first page. The topic it covers is harder, dealing with what its like when a family member suffers from a disorder, in this case, bulimia. 

Juliet never would have guess that her sister was suffering from such a thing, until she started noticing things. It's a hard adjustment for her to realize that her sister is harboring this secret. Especially when it brings changes to her life that she never imagined. She starts to question what we know.  The emotional drama of her family and the struggles Juliet has were hard but Ally covered it so well. Juliet is seeking for peace, redemption and help for her sister and it's just so beautiful and there were moments I cried. I love these cry books. 

The connection of the sisters was just gorgeous. To see them trying to pull through this, watching them from the beginning, growing distant and strained, as well as their process on the road to healing was incredible. I've never had to go through something like this, but for me I know that reading about these things are just, eye opening. That's one reason why I love these hard, but character changing books. Highly recommended. 

Content: Clean Read 

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