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Sixteenth Summer (Sixteenth Summer #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,640 Ratings  ·  367 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,
Paperback, 283 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Simon Pulse
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Jun 28, 2011 Lyndsey rated it liked it
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
Wendy Darling
May 18, 2011 Wendy Darling rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Anna and the French Kiss
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
Dec 30, 2014 Zia rated it liked it
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
Mar 20, 2015 Ariana rated it it was amazing
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,
Apr 19, 2011 Nic rated it really liked it
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 th
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;


- 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.
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
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
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
Apr 08, 2015 Gabrielle rated it liked it
actual rating 3.25 I'm glad i gave this a second chance the second time around i started enjoying it more even though there could have been more depth to the romance and Anna could have been less annoying my favorite part was the summery light fun setting i love that summery beachy small town feel and it was really refreshing
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
Aug 15, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing
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
May 19, 2013 Breanna rated it it was amazing
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
May 13, 2011 Sandy rated it liked it
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
Jun 07, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 10, 2014 April rated it liked it
It would've been 4 stars but the ending was a bit open and there was unanswered questions. Also, the relationship moved way too fast.
Alyssa hoffmaster
May 08, 2011 Alyssa hoffmaster rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 21, 2011 Aleeeeeza rated it really liked it
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)
May 08, 2011 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it it was amazing
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
Princess Bookie
May 02, 2011 Princess Bookie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2011
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.
Aug 26, 2012 Louisa rated it really liked it
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.
Rachel Harris
May 03, 2011 Rachel Harris rated it it was amazing
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.
Book Twirps
Apr 14, 2011 Book Twirps rated it really liked it
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
Lauren AKA randomfreckles
This was an average contemporary but it was the book I really needed! It was cute and funny.
The characters were a bit to average but they were very cutesy. Anna was a bit stereotypical but she was still really funny at times.
This I would say is more of a three point 5 rather than a four. It was a little bit annoying but overall entertaining.
Liz Patino
May 17, 2016 Liz Patino rated it it was amazing
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Danniele Whitman
Jun 07, 2015 Danniele Whitman rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-tbr
Great summer read!
May 21, 2012 nick rated it liked it

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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
Mar 28, 2012 Aimee rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, ya, ya-contemp
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
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
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Sep 15, 2015 04:09PM  
  • Playing Hurt
  • The Summer of Firsts and Lasts
  • Boy Crazy
  • The Summer of Skinny Dipping (Summer, #1)
  • Breathing
  • Forever Summer (Laguna Cove & Cruel Summer)
  • Caleb + Kate
  • Invincible Summer
  • Local Girls (Island Summer, #1)
  • Moonglass
  • The Summer My Life Began
  • Past Perfect
  • Paradise
  • Second Kiss (Second Kiss, #1)
  • Winter Longing
  • Sometimes It Happens
  • Rhymes with Cupid
  • Where I Belong

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“A perfect person is easy to love. But when somebody likes all your imperfections, well, that's when you know they really mean it.” 119 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.”
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