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The Year I Turned Sixteen: Rose, Daisy, Laurel, Lily (The Year I Turned Sixteen #1-4)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  1,623 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Turning sixteen is an unforgettable milestone, and each of these four sisters has her own story to tell. Rose, the oldest, feels like she has the most responsibility when her father dies, and yearns to be true to herself. Daisy wants to break free from her family, but trouble arises when she falls for a bad boy. Laurel struggles with the loss of a close relative and finds ...more
ebook, 720 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published January 4th 2010)
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Sarah
Feb 20, 2011 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Alhia
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Jenn Ingram
Sep 16, 2010 Jenn Ingram rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 16 year old girls
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Alex
For me the book was boring and overly predictable. Yah, sure the book was heartwarming. But, does heartwarming always have to equate to cheesy. Come on a section of the book actually read like this,

"Anyway," mom concluded as we walked to her parked car, "I guess the important thing is to be who you want to be and not who other people want you to be."
"You mean, like peer pressure?" I asked.

In case you didn't catch it, the mom was talking about peer pressure. Thank you, Dr. Phil. Reading this se
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Haeleigh
The Year I Turned Sixteen by Diane Schwemm is a wonderful, wholesome read. Though it is more of a tween book, I loved the characters and felt like I was part of the Walker family. It is a very family-orientated book, and though it doesn’t lack in the romance department, it was nice to read a book (and a friggin MASSIVE one at that – 700 pages!) that wasn’t all girl and boy are just meant for each other blah blah blah.

As I mentioned, this book is probably a better read for 12 -13-ish girls rather
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Emma
This book contains four different stories, of four sister, each when they turn 16 in their point of view. I'm going to give a quick summary on their stories trying not to give spoilers away.

Rose's Story:
Rose is the oldest of the four sisters. She's a singer and looks forward to going to summer camp, where she will be a counselor and be able to practice her singing along with everyone there. Circumstances prevent her from going. She feels bad about not being able to go and ashamed of her families
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Lee Jass
I great enjoyed this book and could read it many times without getting bored. It is a fantastic read very heartwarming and a great base in a classic

I realized the last time I read through the book that is was a loose retelling of Louisa May Alcott's Little Woman. The first similarity is of course Jo and Laurel. Both tomboys, both feeling like thy don't fit in and neither wanting to marry. Also there is the boy that they should fall in love with Jo to Laurie and Laurel to Jack but they end both
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Samantha
All this was was four story about four sisters who from some strange odd reason all seem to go through a HUGE transformation the year they turn sixteen , which is a little unrealistic to me. And all they do is whine whine whine.

I can honestly say i really disliked this book, and i usually don't dislike books. ever.
Rivy M
An in-depth and inspiring stories of 4 sisters, their bumpy lives after they turn sixteen.
Four different stories, four different heartbreaks, four different passion, and four different solutions (:
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Samantha
The Walker family consists of four sisters, each who are becoming sixteen. In each section of the book, we follow each sister in age order. Rose is first to become sixteen in her family, and there is much tragedy in her life. She recently lost her father, and things aren't going very well with her boyfriend, Parker Kemp. She wants to be happy, but can't seem to be happy. And when she learns that her family must rely on foodstamps, she begins to feel embarrassed and wishes her father were still a ...more
Anna
It was beautiful! I loved all of it. I was four books in one so the 700 total pages seemed a little overwhelming, but I ended up really liking it.

Part one, Rose, was great. Rose had just turned 16 about three months after her father died in a storm. Her family was heading into tough times and Rose was a little confused about who she is. Rose's boyfriend was making her doubt who she was a what a great person she is. Then she found Stephen, the older brother of her archenemy and things mellowed o
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Brenda L.
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Stephanie
I just finished this today! Whew. I started this just as I was heading into a book rut. If that makes sense.. Reading Rose's book didn't help all that much either. But I got more time to devour into the book and even though it was predictable (with the whole Parker relationship stuff) it turned into a really good book. Then I couldn't stop reading. Daisy's book was very interesting compared to Rose. You could tell Daisy was really trying to find her identity. The things she had to go through to ...more
Jenny
Four books in one.

Dec. 21-22 "Rose"
I'd like to find the original book of "Rose" b/c this series was originally out in the 90s but in the omnibus edition the musical references have been updated.

I didn't really like the character Rose. She made some choices that made me want to scream. In the remaining 3 books she's a secondary character so maybe I'll end up liking her.

Dec. 22-23 and then didn't touch until Dec. 26 "Daisy"

I didn't really like this character either. Since I have two more books
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Lauren Burrier
I absolutely loved this book! I didn't want to read it before because of the length, but after I started reading it I couldn't stop. It took me less than a week to read it...that's how addicting it is.

I love the characters in this book. Laurel was my favorite because I can relate to her love of animals. Rose was the girly-girl of her sisters and her willingness to try and make a relationship work is admirable. However, if my boyfriend was as much of a jerk as hers, I would dump him way before sh
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Laura (Hey! I'm reading)
Wow...a 700 page book in two days!

At first I was only reading this book because it's my largest novel, and I wanted to get it 'over with'. After beginning to read however, I was really glad I chose it just because it was a charming book! These four sisters were very real to me and having to deal with real situations. The book is long, but the voices of the girls is so easy that you get right through it.

I thought the writing was great and sometimes was a bit melodramatic, but it was still good. A
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Lyndsay Graham
I am here to write a review on "The Year I Turned Sixteen" by Dianne Schwemm. This book is Fiction, however, it relates to real-life situations of any teenage girl. This book is about four sisters, who throughout the years each turn sixteen. This book takes you along their journey of their ups and downs of each of their sixteenth year experiences. I would say the theme of this book would be independence. In this book, each sister has a different story of how they really find themselves as they ...more
Lara
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Laura
This book was 700 pages of pure bordem. The people who designed the covers and decided what they were going to say on the back did a good job, I mean, who would'nt of picked this up? But you can predict everything. Seriously, ITS EXCATLY THE SAME FOR EACH GIRL!!!!! Girl has a crush on a guy; has a best friend guy; guy is not right for her; kiss the other guy. I MEAN PUH-LEAZ. Never read this book. Ever.
Tracy
Four novellas put into one volume that tell of four sister's sixteenth year. Rose is the oldest and her 16th year is overshadowed by their father's recent death; Daisy (the all around good sister) is struggling due to injuries preventing her from participating in sports; Laurel (kind of a loner) finds it hard to cope after a devastating loss but finds comfort in her work at the wildlife center; and Lilly (the youngest/drama queen) is trying to find her footing in a home that feels lonely with he ...more
Adriana Bayless
{4.75 stars} Cutesy/heart-warming/predictable/90's feel book; My review will contain minor spoilers, but nothing overly serious so you've been warned.

The Year I Turned Sixteen is a bind-up of four novels that each take place from a a different sisters perspective- starting with the day they turn sixteen; Rose, Daisy, Laurel, and Lily. I liked each sister's story alone and by the end of the book, I saw how cute it all was. Rose is gorgeous and her story starts off with her having a boyfriend, bu
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Sarah
I thought I would like reading this book, but I actually loved reading this book. I can’t even say how many times I grabbed it at Barnes and Noble to only put it back on the shelf or scroll past it on Amazon. I am so happy I finally bought it and took the time to read it though. I loved how it was broken into four different stories and each sister experienced different things when they turned sixteen. There was always 2-3 years between each sister as well, so between each stories time went forwa ...more
Nadiasisley
In the book I am reading, "The Year I Turned Sixteen" by Diane Schwemm, contains four books about the four sisters and their life when they turned 16. I have finished the first three books of the first three sisters and now I am on the fourth book about the fourth sister, Lily. Right now Lily is in a dilemma, she is trying to figure out who SHE is. All her three sister are in collage, except for Daisy who got in a car crash a few years a go (the day after Laurel's birthday),and they all got in ...more
Nɪɴᴀ {Words and Water}
So technically I'm not finished the novel yet, but I just couldn't resist the chance to make my sentiments known. From the four hundred pages i've read so far I've read about Rose and Daisy and I've almost finished Laurel's and I love it! At first I was hesitant and iffy, four stories about four sisters who turn sixteen? It sounded dramatic. But then I took up the book and read the first story and I was blown away.
Diane Schwemm has done a terrific job so far in engaging my attention. I cannot w
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Emma
In some ways this was a wonderful book however in others it lacked the ability to grab my attention. This book follows 4 sisters as they turn 16 and the year that follows. It explores identity crisis', romance, sibling rivalry along with matter that no teenager should face such as loss of a loved one.

The first story follows Rose, the eldest sister. I found I really disliked Rose throughout her own story as I found her whiny and appreciative however I loved her in her sisters story once she had
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Michelle Arrow

Never in a million years I would think that I would adore this book as much as I did. It's been sitting in my bookshelf for years, and I never picked it up before. Why did I wait so many years? It was perfection.
It was full of cliffhangers, romance and fun. I cried, I laughed and it made me feel all warm inside. The author's words caused the reader to think more about life, and I couldn't have asked for it to be even better.
This was the perfect teen summer read by the beach or even at home. I n
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Lo
(This review may be a little outdated because I read this book a while ago)

In Rose's story, it starts out as a teenage girl having to take some responsibility around the poor household while she's dating a rich boy. The story seemed a little pathetic when she dumped her second boyfriend, like the author was trying too hard to prove Rose couldn't change.

In Daisy's story, little miss sunshine goes out with a bad boy, and you can pretty much guess what happens there. It's so idiotic how she cou
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Victoria
I really didn't think I was going to love this book as much as I did! When I first started it I didn't really get into it and took my time. But then thanks to Hurricane Sandy this weekend/week, I didn't really have any other distractions. I finished this book in a day because I just thought it was adorable.

At first I thought it was just okay and fluff but as the story went from sister to sister, I got more into the story. I even teared up a couple of times while reading this, especially during
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Amia Baker
The book follows four sisters (all named for flowers) through the year that each of them turns sixteen. Originally, these were published individually, but this volume contains the stories of all the sisters. Each book is written from the point of view of the sister turning sixteen. Each year, we learn a lot about the rest of the family so we can follow them for a total of eight years, from the time the first daughter turns sixteen until the last. It starts off with a major tragedy for the family ...more
Jaime
I have a sort of love/hate relationship with this book. There were parts that I really loved and thought were good. And then there were parts that I hated and made me want to scream and pull my hair out. I love books that deal with a parent dying because it is something that I can definitely relate to, so as sad as it is to say, I liked that about this book. And I am not ashamed to say that I cried during this book because I definitely was not expecting the death of someone else. I feel like I w ...more
Nhien
The Year I Turned Sixteen.
A great book that I highly recommend you to read.
I'm pretty sure a lot of teenagers can relate to this story. It talks all about stories of 4 sisters who turned 16 that struggle through life. Rose, Daisy, Lauren and Lilly. They each have their own story.
Full of romance, drama and family.
The thing that I really liked about this book is not just the story but I liked it because I actually felt part of the story.Diane Schwemm really knows how to capture the readers attenti
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“Suddenly everything finally made sense because, paradoxically, I finally accepted that it never would make sense. That's life. It's not all wrapped up with a tidy bow - it's crazy and disorganized and unpredictable, and so are the people who live it.” 30 likes
“Maybe I didn't march to the same drummer as most people, but I could do things on my own and do them well. That was what I'd learned, little by little, in the year I turned sixteen. I was complete by myself.” 2 likes
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