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My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,224 Ratings  ·  481 Reviews
On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family's trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Entangled: Teen (first published September 11th 2012)
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Asteropê I think her love was more-so of the art of Italy, and specifically of the art and artists of the Renaissance than modern Italy as a whole. And besides…moreI think her love was more-so of the art of Italy, and specifically of the art and artists of the Renaissance than modern Italy as a whole. And besides the story gives a convenient cop-out for the language issue, so whether she learned it prior or not, isn't not an issue.

There's a lot of time periods and things in history that I love, for example, ancient Rome. I have also not learned Latin or the language that's spoken there in modern times, Italian. Not exactly the same, but it happens a lot of the time. People may love one aspect of a country or culture (in history or otherwise) and don't feel the need to immerse themselves in all of it, including the language. Though I do understand knowing it would help with traveling. But as I hinted at, whether she learned it prior has no bearing on the story, as the author glossed over that with a bit of "magic." (less)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Lorenzo places his hands on either side of my face, lowering his head to stare directly into my eyes. His voice is barely above a whisper as he says, "you are my dream now."

The force dreaminess is strong with this one.

3.5 stars. You may raise an eyebrow at the pink and hearts graphic. What else was I going to use for a book titled My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century?

I will say that this was the perfect read to follow up the last extremely dark, heavy, and graphic story that I read. Yes, this
Victoria Scott
Feb 03, 2012 Victoria Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hands down, one of the most imaginative books I've read. Harris has the ability to whisk you away not only to another place, but to another time. Her characters are flesh and blood, and the romance is so hot it crackles. I can't wait until every one learns what I have about MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY, which is that it's brilliant. Bravo, Harris! I'm standing on a chair clapping my ass off.
Dec 05, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a killer ending that produces vast amounts of anticipation for the sequel, I have decided I did not, in fact, hate this book for being over, and finally admitted to myself that I actually secretly love cliffhangers that succeed in making me wildly excited for the sequel. Because boy will it be an entertaining one I am sure! I definitely closed this with much more than I was hoping to get from it. Not being a history buff whatsoever--I shy away from anything historical and so I was on the f ...more
Trisha Wolfe
Feb 03, 2012 Trisha Wolfe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Harris is one of the most talented authors I’ve had the privilege of reading. A master of descriptive writing, Rachel paints rich, vibrant scenes and characters that jump off the page as she crafts a fresh, detailed world full of adventure and romance in her debut YA. Cat, girl, she knows how to get herself into some messes, but I love her reactions and logic as she navigates the world and time she finds herself in. There’re some truly hilarious scenes, scenes that made me melt, and other ...more
Kayleigh {K-Books}
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"Letting people get close to you doesn't always lead to pain. Some people are actually worth the risk."

Wow... when thinking about this book words completely fail me. I honestly do not know what to say. When I first heard about this book I instantly wanted to read it. I mean come on... read that blurb who wouldn't want to read that? It sounds incredible... but I was still a little hesitant. I am generally not a historical fan. The historical boo
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Before I get into my review of this awesome novel, I would like to say a few special words about the beautiful lady who is also an amazing writer, Rachel Harris. I met Ms. Rachel Harris through my daughter. Rachel and my daughter are cirque partners, and I was asked to be a beta reader for Rachel’s MSSSC. I would just like to say to Rachel that it was an honor and a wonderful privilege to be a part of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. Rachel is an amazing writer and storyteller, which I instantl ...more
Aug 18, 2012 Eileen rated it it was amazing
Check out more of my reviews at ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***!

As a person who hears "historical fiction" and runs in the other direction, I was really reluctant to read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (from now on it will be dubbed Super Sweet for convenience purposes. And yes, I am really that lazy). But Super Sweet wasn't your typical historical fiction. It involved time travel, which, come on guys, we all know time travel is epic. And not to mention, Rachel is one of my author friend
Chloe Jacobs
Jun 15, 2012 Chloe Jacobs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book from the author, and I'll be completely up front about the fact that she's a friend of mine, so I am definitely biased. I still thought this book was fantastic! It was fresh, and heartfelt, and beautifully written. The characters were deep and real, and I felt what they felt. The happiness and heartache both.
3.5 stars

Imagine finding yourself in sixteenth century renaissance Italy, you speak fluent Italian, whereas before you could only speak a few words. A family takes you in mistaking you for a girl named Patience and you’re supposed aunt has a scary resemblance to your estranged mother. That’s the situation Cat finds herself in, whilst on the way back to the hotel to meet her father and his fiancée she comes across a tent in the middle of nowhere. Cat’s never a person to do something on instinct,
Aug 25, 2012 Shreya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't good, it wasn't amazing was absolutely enchanting! I'm not one for time-travel books, especially renaissance ones, but the moment it mentioned Italy, I was hooked! This book contains everything one might need for an emotional read. Seriously, you can't count the number of emotions this book produced in me even on two hands. There was laughter, swooning, rolling around in my bed, crying, giggling, and gasping in shock occasionally (etc.). This book was very creatively ...more
Aug 30, 2012 Lili rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This book is all things cute, adorable, cuddly, come-give-me-a-hug-and-never-let-go awesome. I couldn't get enough of it because of its simplicity and adorable plot. This is one easy read that I highly recommend to any reader. It can be finished in a single sitting and the moral of the story is one for any young girl to learn. It is clear that this novel is geared towards a younger young adult audience, but here I am at age seventeen completely gushing over it.

Cat is unlike many daughte
Oct 17, 2013 Teresinha added it
Shelves: česky, cooboo
Tohle šestnácté století je sladké přesladké. Hlavní hrdinka chytrá a pitomá zároveň (jak už to tak bývá), zápletka trošku legrační, neschází patetické pohledy do očí, láska jak trám a čokoládové oči hlavního hrdiny. Catarinin batoh, který vidíte na obálce, působí trošku jako Hermionina kabelka, protože se v něm skrývá všechno od zubního kartáčku, tužidla na vlasy až po náhradní baterku do iPhonu. A to si jeho majitelka vyrazila jen na procházku po Florencii, nebalila se do 16. století… Přes tyhl ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Katie rated it liked it
Similar books: The Named by Marianne Curley, Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren, Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I'm a sucker for a time travel book, especially one where the MC goes super far back in time, preferably to a country as fun as Italy. So I had pretty high expectations for this book. And thankfully, they were all warranted - because this book is ADORABLE!

First and foremost, I'd like to say thank you, Rachel Harris, for writing a character who takes one for the team at
Shannon Duffy
Dec 07, 2011 Shannon Duffy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is just that...Super! Seriously had me from word one. I was lucky to be the author's critique partner so that I had a chance to read it already. The story moves along through Cat's journey at a fast pace, each sentence drawing you further into her amazing adventure. And once you meet Lorenzo...forget about it! Your heart will be swooning. This is one book that will keep you turning the pages.
Aug 10, 2012 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED this book!! I wanted to live in those beautifully written pages. Time travel, Italy, hotties...what more could you ask for?! This is a MUST read! My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century has it all! This will easily be a classic that should be on your shelves. Rachel Harris has penned a remarkable story. I'm a huge fan of the Renaissance, beautiful flowing dresses, vivid scenes and Romance. Travel back in time with Catarina, as she discovers what life is like in the sixteenth century ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Staci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stars to infinity! How on earth would you rate such a whimsical and amazing work of complete art such as this? Rachel Harris created a character that, in my mind, will become a literary classic. I've always been in love with time travel historical fiction novels and this addition to the genre is a welcome one.

Cat is by no means a typical teenage girl. Most girls spend their evenings with friends, hanging out, getting in trouble, and going on dates. Not so much, for Cat. She is the daughter of a
Stephanie Strohm
I was planning on reading My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, then doing some work. Silly me. My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is a book that demands to be read in one sitting; that absolutely, definitively, cannot be put down. So forget work. Or doing laundry. Or whatever else you have planned. Because once you start traveling through Italy with Cat Crawford, trust me, you won’t want to stop.

Ok, so, yeah, the girl on the cover is wearing an 18th century dress. (Let’s be honest here, people – a l
Jana (The Book Goddess)
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OMG. There's not enough words to describe how much I LOVED this book. Ever since getting an e-ARC late last month, I've already devoured it three times since. It's just that spectacular and mesmerizing. It's already got a place in my favourite debuts and favourite books ever.

What really made this debut book stand out was the characters. Yes, y'all know that I'm a big characters girl. I'm one of those readers where the characters are the most i
Michelle Madow
Absolutely loved it!!! If you're looking for a great time-travel novel with romance and a character who grows through the story, I definitely recommend this book :)
Wendy Higgins
What an adorably fun adventure!! I loved this glimpse into the Italian Renaissance through a modern girl's eyes. And dreamy Lorenzo, of course. :)
Oct 03, 2015 Noella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cat is less than excited for the extravagant sweet sixteen birthday party her stepmother Jenna has planned for her, complete with MTV coverage. Before that, the whole family head to Florence where Cat tries to enjoy her time before the dreaded event. One moment, Cat stumbles into a gypsy tent and gets her future told and the next, she is transported to 16th Century Florence!

Despite her many complaints about her stepmother and the unfairness of things, Cat was easy to like and relate to. When sh
Aug 22, 2012 Sana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
After turning the last page of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, my mouth agape and my mind going in a thousand different directions, I smiled. The book is a brilliant stroke of creativity. Rachel Harris knows how to put together a book saturated with history, laughs, romance and emotions.

Cat Crawford is full of surprises and such a delightful character to get to know. I have to admit, I had qualms about reading a book with a 15 year old protagonist. But Cat's clever insight and maturity remove
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I have been basically reading depressing, dystopian YA novels for the past month, and needed a lighthearted read to shake things up. This book had been getting good reviews so I decided to give it a try.

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris is a cute read that focuses on Cat, a cynical but somewhat spoiled 16 year old, who doesn't want her father to marry his current girlfriend, although all signs point to her being pretty nice. Sounds like your typical teen novel. Then enters a twis
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

In my reading experience I haven’t given much thought to reading historical fiction so once this tour was open I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I signed up because I absolutely enjoyed this book. I’ve always enjoyed stories where the main character has to travel in time to learn a lesson. This was no exception. I love the writing, and the dialogue.
What a fun and entertaining reading. Time travelling is a very risky topic to play with and author Rachel Harris just nailed it. The author has an excellent way to adding humour in every single line that make the book more interesting to read.

On her sixteenth birthday Cat Crawford accidentally enters in an unusual gypsy tent and her curiosities leads her to Renaissance Italy, accompanied by her backpack full of modern stuffs. Cat is a delightful and likable character. The story from her modern
Aug 29, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours, arc
Caterina Crawford is in Florence Italy with her father and soon to be stepmother, the latter of which she isn't too crazy about. With her dad being a famous director and her mom, who she can't stand by the way, being a famous actress, Cat wants nothing more than to stay out of the limelight and remain unnoticed. After talking her dad into letting her tour on her own one morning, she finds herself in front of a gypsy tent. Though not something she would typically do, she goes inside, where she me ...more
Jul 08, 2013 kari rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2013
So, let me start out by saying I have a little trouble with how un-knowing the heroine is when it comes to Renaissance Italy customs. Now, had I not been told this: page 5 " . . . I saw Bernard Van Orley's Madonna and Child with Apples and Pears painting in fourth grade. Since then, I've inhaled every art book and novel on the time period or on Italy that I can find." Or this, while imagining what her life would have been like in the sixteenth century: page 15 "At the age of sixteen, I'm alread ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly delightful!

Looking for a book that is fun, entertaining- a pure delight? Look no further. My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris is a wonderful book full of time traveling, loveable characters, Renaissance jargon matched with modern jargon and fantastic scenes. The true reality of Renaissance Italy time period was depicted in this story. Like marriage laws and the lack of drinking water.

Cat is a delightful main character that is easy to relate to and I am very glad to go on thi
Book Whales
Sep 01, 2012 Book Whales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Reyna ignores my gasps for air and nails me with an eerie stare. “Caterina, a great adventure is in store for you. Be sure to keep your mind open to the lessons ahead.”

First I have a weeklong exams ahead of me. I even notified my fellow Book Whales that I would be delayed with some of my reviews. But as I might say, I caught the procrastination bug or rather the bug of I-don’t-want-to-start-studying-yet. I was actually very intrigued with this story before and ask
Aug 10, 2012 Nobonita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review also posted at my blog: http://perrytheplatypus1102-3daydream...

Thank you Heather Riccio for the ARC. :)

The author has an excellent way with words.I read the entire story in one sitting(I seem to be doing that a lot nowadays) and no matter how hard I tried,I couldn't take my eyes of the kindle until I finally finished the last page.(I know,it sounds as if I'm in love with my kindle but you know what I mean) and because of this,I had to listen to a lot of gibberish from my mom about how I'
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“Lorenzo gently places his hands on either side of my face, lowering his head to stare directly into my eyes. His voice is barely above a whisper as he says, "Patience D'Angeli-Cat-you are my dream now.” 13 likes
“Caterina, a great adventure is in store for you.” 6 likes
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