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

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  1,855 Ratings  ·  188 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
Jan 29, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Alhia
Shelves: books-i-own
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Jenn
Sep 12, 2010 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 16 year old girls
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Haeleigh
Jul 06, 2012 Haeleigh rated it liked it
Shelves: rereads, contemporary
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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Alex
May 30, 2011 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Emma
Jun 15, 2010 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
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
Oct 14, 2013 Lee Jass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Emerald
Aug 07, 2013 Emerald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-young-adult
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.”

Overall Thoughts

While writing this review it's been awhile since I've read this book but I could never forget this story and how it made me feel. This was the first book recommendation I ever got from a "BookTube" video. I read this when I was 16 and completely loved it. Everything about this story is magical. I loved the sister dynamics, I loved getting

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Samantha
Nov 23, 2010 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 07, 2012 Rivy M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me-likies, must-haves
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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Anna
Aug 21, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Stephanie
Jan 29, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brenda L.
Apr 26, 2010 Brenda L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Samantha
Feb 24, 2011 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenny
Dec 23, 2010 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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
May 03, 2012 Lauren Burrier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 (Booksforbreakfast)
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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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.
Sharon
Aug 13, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a heartwarming read and I enjoyed each of the sisters' stories. I liked the fact that all of them did not end up with their initial boyfriends, showing that the right person does not always appear immediately and it can take time to find the one.
Laura
Nov 10, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I read this book a while ago, I'm just cleaning out my bookshelves and I'm adding all the books I've read to Goodreads. I haven't really reviewed/rated anything but I felt I had to say something about this one. I just remember parts of it so well (in a good way) that I felt I had to recommend this for any young women, pair of sisters, or anyone who has gone through familial loss. I think I will always look back on this book as a great story full of great characters, heartache, enduranc ...more
Mary Alex
Dec 06, 2016 Mary Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read The Year I Turned Sixteen because I wanted to read a contemporary for a change. And, it was a wonderful read; even though I chose to skip some uneasy stuff because they were so disturbing, such as changing their whole persona for a boy.

I enjoyed reading the dynamic of the Walker sisters as they grew up. Rose and Laurel are my favorite sisters, but I identify myself with Lily and Daisy. Like Lily, I resented being the youngest and loved writing. But I love all four sisters just
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Sarah Jefferson
Feb 17, 2017 Sarah Jefferson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was a great description of how girls change. There were so many relatable moments within this story, and I believe it could help raise awareness to many girls going into high school and beyond. Every girl should read this. It could really change them. It certainly led me to conformity(in a good way, por supuesto)!
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
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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Ben
Sep 15, 2015 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this book sets up the YA clichés like bowling pins and then knocks them all down. In every book, there is the crap boyfriend she starts out with, the good boyfriend she ends up with, the conflict with an authority figure, the figuring things out, the deciding to be better than the way you were before, etc. etc. etc. You can see the plot points coming from space, and by the end of the fourth story, you knew exactly what was coming and when.

The characters don't really act much like teenagers,
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Emma
Jul 06, 2013 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Lara
Feb 08, 2014 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Michelle Arrow
Dec 12, 2012 Michelle Arrow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, chick-lit

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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Lyndsay Graham
Jan 12, 2015 Lyndsay Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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“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.” 31 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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