Sixteenth Summer
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Sixteenth Summer

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  4,744 ratings  ·  293 reviews
Anna is dreading another tourist-filled summer on Dune Island that follows the same routine: beach, ice cream, friends, repeat. That is, until she locks eyes with Will, the gorgeous and sweet guy visiting from New York. Soon, her summer is filled with flirtatious fun as Anna falls head over heels in love.

But with every perfect afternoon, sweet kiss, and walk on the beach,...more
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published (first published May 3rd 2011)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Lyndsey
Jun 28, 2011 Lyndsey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teeny boppers looking for a summer romance without the fairytale or fairy tails.
Summer . It doesn't always have to be about mermaids and unicorns.

Sometimes, it just about a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him not to smash her sandcastle. And sometimes, that boy smashes it anyway.

But not in this book - in this one, they frikkin build sandcastles. One of them: a replica of the Sydney Opera House. Damn right.

In her small beach town, Anna meets and falls fast head over heels for Will, the boy from the city. She gets wrapped up in the magic of spending summer with her n...more
Wendy Darling
There's something about rhythm of summer that slows down time and makes every moment especially delicious. Summer's fleeting season means that its moments are also bittersweet, however, and no one knows this better than beach-town girl Anna Patrick. She's falling head over heels in love with Will...but knows that he'll soon have to go back to New York where he belongs.

I'm not much of a contemporary YA romance person, but found myself thoroughly charmed by this book, which is the perfect lighthea...more
Ariana
Apr 25, 2012 Ariana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ariana by: Racquel
Oh boy, this book was really charming.



It was like a spell taking me back in time, remembering how it felt to be in love for the very first time. But more than that it reminded me of the last time I fell in love, and it was both scary and exciting to see my memories brought somehow back to life.

You see, I believe in love at first sight.. Off course it takes a lot more than that to get to the point of actually being in love, but that journey is the one that counts, that makes your heart flutter,...more
Zia
To be honest this book didn't exactly so called 'appease me' to my heart's content. What was so special about this book?
Exaggerated love? You got that right.
I just don't see why I can't find really good books anymore, it annoys me really. I'd rather have been the twelve-year-old naive girl I was a few years ago where I'd shrug nonchalantly and enjoy every book but nowadays it's extremely scarce when I find a good book.
No I do not purposely read horrible books to give bad reviews, i'm not that e...more
Morgan F
Are you surprised by the three-star rating? Are you that amazed that I actually enjoyed a summer romance book? Well, I kind of surprised myself.

I am not a sappy-sap type. Saccharine romances annoy me to no end. And trust me, this book had some gag-me-with-a-spoon moments. And it was certainly frilly. Nothing too deep or controversial. No excessive cussing, no sex, just kissing and hurt feelings. It should have been quite boring actually, added on to the fact that there were no surprises in this...more
Nic
Apr 19, 2011 Nic rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for the perfect summer love story
Rating 4.5 stars

Wow! What an awesome debut. This book if full of things I love - ice cream, sweet yet delicious kisses, hot summer days, ice cream, the beach and did I mention ice cream!

Sixteenth Summer is a feel good read from start to finish. The kind of book you devour in a couple of hours and grin the whole way through. The writing is a style that makes for an effortless read. Dalton also had great eye for detail when it came to describing the beautiful beach side setting and obviously the...more
~Tina~
Sixteenth Summer was such a sweet and cute book filled with the stuff that teenage dreams are made of. First kisses, holding hands, spinning on the beach. Young, scared, alive and all those those magical emotions and moments. This is a story about the joys and tears of first love and how it will always linger in your heart forever.

I really enjoyed Anna's voice. She's such a worrying little thing, always second guessing what she says and does. She feels too much and it scares her to absolute deat...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
- I wanted a bit of fluff to soften my life up a little and I got too much of it;

- Too much optimism makes me want to puke;

- Will felt extremely fake. He lacked personality. He acted like a damn girl;

- BORING;

- I was going to give it three stars but the ending bothered me to the point of having to take away one. I don’t like to be left wondering what happens to them unless you do it in a very interesting way. It felt unfinished.
Bobs (Reader Unbound)
Which girl does not remember her first love?
And I not talking about that time in kindergarden when the boy you liked gave you a stick with a caterpillar on it (true story!) and you officially became a couple.
I am talking about that exact moment when you are sixteen or seventeen,
struggling between being the child you still are and the adult you are supposed to become. Between the person that your parents expect you to be and the fact that you yourself do not know what to do with your life. And...more
Nancy
I loved this story. It is probably the most genuine and true-to-life summer first love stories. It was simple and fun. Anna, the protagonist, is discovering her own beauty through her first relationship. Dialogue is hilarious and made me laugh out loud. On top of the romance aspect, Anna has a family and those dynamics along with her old friends, Caroline and Sam who are discovering romance themselves. The setting is unique - Georgia beach. The quandary is broached - what if it's only for the su...more
Laura
A beautiful, beautiful book! Michelle Dalton’s style and words create such a warm, sweet, safe world. I could have wrapped myself in her words and stayed there forever. Warning though---be sure you have a supply of ice cream on hand while reading this book! The ice cream descriptions alone will make you want to pick up pint after pint of new flavors to try all summer long. I look forward to hearing more from Michelle Dalton.
Racquel
Oh my, this books was absolutely fantastic! It's one of THE best beach reads I have ever read and it's exactly that, a beach read but fear nothing, this is a GOOD beach read, it's not to big on the kind of drama that make your head explode. It's actually a really light, fluffy read that I think everybody should take pleasure in reading.

It's super sweet, funny and really realistic. Anna's thought from the first page were so real to me and relate-able that often I found my self saying "Oh, I think...more
Aleeeeeza
Three-and-a-half months into 2011, I’d already read nine summers books. (All right, so not nine exactly, seeing as I didn’t finish one, and I’m not sure Stay by Deb Caletti, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson and The Sky is Everywhere Jandy Nelson count, even if they all take place at least partially during summer.) Out of those, I can safely say the only one I’ve REALLY enjoyed (not counting the ones listed above) only one, and that’d be Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler. So I can’t reall...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
As I have said before I am a totally romance junkie. Nothing can make my heart melt more then reading about two people falling in love. This story is very simple. Two people falling in love over summer and dreading the ending of summer in which one must leave back home.


From the very beginning of this book I smiled, a lot! I love watching both Will and Anna meet and be all nervous. I love reading their feelings and seeing them go on first dates. It made me want to fall in love over and over again...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: I was very very excited to read this one! We are introduced to Anna who lives on Dune Island with her family. She spends most of her time with her best friends Sam and Caroline. They have recently became a couple. Anna isn't interested in any of the local boys. How can she be, when she has seen them during their most embarrassing moments as children? She is independent and pretty much brushes any guys advances off.


Than comes along Will. Gorgeous and sweet Will. He isn't a local boy....more
Breanna
Do you believe in love at first sight? Well, this is what Anna experiences during her sixteenth summer.

Anna is just an ordinary 16 year old girl living on Dune Island. Every summer she knows to expect the wave of tourists (or as she likes to call them, “shoobees”) that come to enjoy the beautiful scenery of her hometown. Anna has always thought of shoobees as annoying, stuck-up, arrogant people that take over her island once school is out, but there is nothing she can do about them. Just as An...more
Sandy
3.5 stars

Sixteenth Summer is the perfect beach read. This book is strong on imagery, and the vivid descriptions will have you fancying to stick your toes in the sand and feel the surf on your legs and bask in the sun on your face. And did I mention ice cream? You'll be wanting ice cream with that perfect-summer-afternoon-at-the-beach vision, too.

The first love is swoony, the writing flows nicely, and the setting and descriptions are delicious. If you're looking for a light, fluffy, first-love-an...more
Nick

Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog

When I picked up Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton, I was actually expecting something light, fluffy and romantic. I wanted it to have a cute tone that would have be smiling throughout the book. I mean look at the cover! Instead, the book was a little morose and so, I ended up being slightly disappointed.

Anna lives on Dune Island, a region that is basically a tourist attraction during summer. She's dreading her sixteenth summer since it has always bee...more
Alyssa hoffmaster
This book was a light, lovely summer love story. This book has a common plot. Yet I love them all, even with the same love stories that is all sweet at first, then they get mad and break up and then make up and have a happy ending. There all the same, but different.

Anna lives on Dune Island with her family; she works at her family’s popular ice cream parlor as much as she can, when she’s not working she’s spends the rest of her time with her friends, Sam and Caroline. Up until recently they wer...more
Aimee (Coffee Table Reviews)
This was one of those bittersweet books. I really enjoyed the story, I was hooked as soon as I started reading. I really enjoyed reading about Anna and Will. When I first picked this up, I had an idea that the ending might leave me in tears. And it did. But I was grateful I got to share in Anna and Will's story.

The setting of this was perfect. Summer, lazy days in a tourist town. No school setting, since school is out for the summer. Nothing to get in the way of the relationship that is budding...more
Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
Awww to have the life such a Anna's, living on the beach where your main concern over the summer is bypassing the tourists to spend time in the water. But this isn't enough for Anna - she longs for adventure in her life. Don't get her wrong, she loves her life but she wants something more than Dune Island has to offer her. Once her two best friends find themselves in their own consuming romance, Anna can't help but feel left out. In her hum-drum life on the beach in the summer, Anna is bored......more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Anna lives year round on Dune Island, a place where most people come to get away from it all. She spends her summers working at her family's ice cream shop, hanging out with her friends, and passing time at the beach. Things change when Will, a tourist living on the island for the summer, catches her eye at a bonfire. Will is unlike any boy she's ever encountered. Anna hopes one day to break away from Dune Island and explore the rest of the world; because of this, she finds herself instantly att...more
Joy (joyous reads)
I’d planned on reading this book a week ago and never really picked it up until today. Once I started, time just simply melted away. Before I knew it, six hours had passed and I was sniffling like the onion-skinned pansy that I am.

Anna is heading into another summer of discontent. The budding romance between her two best friends didn’t help either. But then she met brooding Will, and all of a sudden, summer didn’t seem so bad after all.

I don’t really like reading books about summer romances fo...more
Tara
REVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED http://hobbitsies.net/wordpress/?p=3081

Okay – I’m not a big romance fan. Sure, I love a good romance substory, the drama and etc, as long as there’s another focus. But when everything is really just about the relationship? It usually grosses me out. I know, I’m a terrible girl. And summer romance? No thanks. But, strangely enough, I really, really liked Sixteenth Summer.

Perhaps because it wasn’t like all the summer love stories I’ve read. It was more realistic than most....more
Louisa
This book was just what I needed: a light, cute, surprisingly introspective and summery read to tide me through this last weekend of academic frenzy. Oh, how sweet the sound of first love can be.

Anna is a Dune Island beach-town girl and an extremely relatable, likable protagonist. On the start of her sixteenth summer, she wishes there was something different about this summer. Up pops Will, a New Yorker 'shoobee' and all-round charming, awkward, handsome, and owner of some damned fine T-shirts....more
Rachel Harris
Tis the season of books about summer romances and adventures, and every year shelves are flooded with stories about sand, surf, and tan lines. I’m a sucker for books about summer love, letting me experience the joy and wistfulness of it all without the sunburn, and SIXTEENTH SUMMER by Michelle Dalton is the latest addition to my growing collection.

I must confess that as the remaining pages of this book grew smaller and smaller, my nerves skyrocketed. Anna and Will needed to have a happy ending....more
Book Twirps
Anna Patrick is not looking forward to summer this year. Her two best friends, Caroline and Sam are now a couple and she feels like a third wheel. Though plenty of the other boys on the island have shown an interest in Anna, she isn’t interested in them. She wants to get away and longs for some time away from the tourists on Dune Island. Every summer it’s the same: the beach, hang out with friends, then go to work at her parents ice-cream shop. Not to mention having to deal with all of the “shoo...more
Yani
This book is sooooo cute and happy! Not that it's a happy story per se, but reading it I was just smiling from ear to ear. It's a perfectly amazing summer story: a realistic tone, while still being cute and a little corny... everything that summer romances are. I got this book through galleygrab, but I didn't have the motivation to read it until I read an awesome review of the book that described it similar to Simon Romantic Comedies (which are some of my guilty pleasures). This book is just as...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
“I love you,” he said. He almost yelled it. “And I know that sounds crazy. That’s what you say at the beginning of something, not when it’s almost reached its end. But – I don’t care. I just want to be with you. Maybe it’ll only be for these next few weeks. Maybe it’ll be forever. We can’t know what’ll happen, Anna. All I know is I love you and…we should be together. We just have to be together. We need to be together.”

Anna lives in a small town called Dune Island and every year she has to watch...more
Kristen
Originally Posted on Strawberry Splash Book Reviews

Sixteenth Summer was a book that I had been planning to read ever since it came out but I had never gotten around to doing so. After reading it, I don't know why I waited so long to read it.

The protagonist, Anna, lives on Dune Island which, as far as settings go, seems like a gorgeous place. I don't believe that any character in the book that I didn't enjoy as a character.

Her relationship with Will, even though it seemed almost fairytale-esque,...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Summer of Firsts and Lasts
  • Boy Crazy
  • Playing Hurt
  • The Summer of Skinny Dipping (Summer, #1)
  • Caleb + Kate
  • Breathing
  • Rhymes with Cupid
  • Invincible Summer
  • Paradise
  • Forever Summer (Laguna Cove & Cruel Summer)
  • Winter Longing
  • The Summer My Life Began
  • Second Kiss (Second #1)
  • Local Girls (Island Summer, #1)
  • Moonglass
  • Fireworks (Four Summer Stories)
  • Where I Belong
  • Past Perfect
Fifteenth Summer Pulled Under To Each Their Own: A Collection of Poetry Seventeenth summer

Share This Book

“A perfect person is easy to love. But when somebody likes all your imperfections, well, that's when you know they really mean it.” 92 likes
“Sometimes I wanted to dance and laugh with my friends until midnight, and sometimes I wanted to screen all calls and hide away with a tragic novel and a bag of candy. Sometimes I spend an hour trying to pretty myself up, and sometimes I could barely be bothered to comb the knots out of my hair before I left the house.
Sometimes I wanted to know what it felt like to tell a boy all my secrets. Other times, that seemed as impossible as waking up one morning to find myself fluent in a foreign language.
Sometimes I felt better alone that I did with people. And sometimes that just felt lonely.”
52 likes
More quotes…