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Sweet 16

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Teagan Phillips's sweet sixteen is the event of the season. Other parties have been chill, sure, but no one at Rosewood Prep throws a bash as extravagant, exclusive, or over-the-top expensive as Teagan. No one is as obnoxious, either. But that doesn't stop everyone from wa

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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A lot of times, we don't realize what we have or appreciate what we have until it is too late. Teagan seems to be that person. Taking advantage of people, only caring about her looks, not realizing who her real friends are, and of course, wanting to have the best sweet 16 her school has ever seen. The biggest day of her life doesn't seem to go the way she has planned, especially after she falls down a flight of stairs (and nobody realizes/cares she's gone) and is taken by a ghost through her pas...more
I'm not sure what it is about Kate Brian. I really enjoy her books, and if I see one, I read it automatically. But I find myself cringing at times at her clunky writing style and liberal use of cliches. Her writing is very predictable, and her use of classic tales (The Prince and the Pauper, and in the case, A Christmas Carol) isn't flattering for her work. She doesn't provide any real original spins, and the acts are almost blow-for-blow.

It's not to say that I didn't enjoy Sweet 16. But it was...more
Sweet 16 by Kate Brian was a very interesting book about a spoiled teenager who knew nothing more than the latest trends and her father's credit card number. On the night of her "party of the year" sweet 16, she falls down the stairs and her life is forever changed when she awakes to a ghost helping her up from the floor. The ghost shows her her actions and how they effect a lot more people than she imagined, or even cared to think about.
I liked this book overall because of the message it sent...more
I read this book in about 2 days! It really caught my interest. I liked how this book was somewhat similiar to "The Christmas Carol". In this book and "The Christmas Carol," both main characters go on a journey to the past, present and future. They realized how their childhood was so nice, but their actions now are going to affect their future life. They have the choice to fix that, before it's too late. I loved this book!
Keisya Prasetyawan
i Like it! this is a very typical teenage girl book, but i think it's similar to 'Ghosts of Girlfriend Past' and 'Christmas Carol' and some mixture of random movies too. I cried so many times reading this book. I wish the author explained more detail at the end.

Definitely recommended.
This book was SO insightful and well-written. It isn't a book about a party, it's about a girl who goes through a life changing experience. I reccomend it to everyone :)
Teagan Phillips is the rich, snotty girl that everyone loves to hate. She yells at her maid, hates her stepmom, and doesn't like giving to charity. And when Tegan throws her Sweet 16 party, she expects it to be nothing less than the best. So when Teagan accidentally falls down the stairs of an old cellar and dies, well you can understand why she'd be upset. After her death, a ghost she meets drags Teagan along on a journey through her past and present, and what would have been her furture if sh...more
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Have you ever thought about how you were going to die? Teagan Phillips sure hasn't, not until the night of her best-of-the-best sweet 16. Teagan had worked on this party for over a year, or at least her version of work (yelling at people to do it for her). And who was the one paying for it all? Her dad of course. She deserved it right? Wrong. Teagan, for the last eight years, has made herself known as a spoiled brat. She dumped her best friend after she found better, richer friends. She yelled a...more
Emma Xoxo
I AB-SO-LUTE-LY L.O.V.E.D THIS BOOK!!!! It is officially one of my favorite books. Teagan really should have seen it coming for her. She's so snobby, doesn't think of anybody but herself, and he "so called most awesome" boyfriend. Oh, that changes though. When Teagan falls down the storage room stairs during her party, she is in for a surprise. A ghost (her future self) takes her to present times, which make Teagan feel guilty, the past, which makes her even more guilty, and the future which pra...more
This book is a good, quick read. It's simple and predictable, but there were also some parts that I had to skip ahead a page or two to find out who they were talking about (you don't have to do that, but if you are like me and you don't want to read all the dialogue just to find out what happened because you have to know right then and there, I suggest skipping a page, finding out what is going on, and then going back to where you were). I felt emotionally torn about the characters in this book....more
Je suis en colère. L'intrigue, bien que largement inspirée de Dickens, aurait pu être intéressante : une jeune ado, gâtée et arrogante, organise son seizième anniversaire en grande pompe. Papa paye tout, et elle prend tout le monde de haut. Mais après avoir vu de l'extérieur la façon dont elle se comporte, elle change sa vie. Seulement, c'est tellement mal fait! Nunuche, facile, moralisateur tout en étant pourri de matérialisme - d'accord, elle est friquée et évolue dans un microcosme richissime...more
Jun 08, 2008 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Sarah by: friends
I though this was one of my favorite books of all times. I really liked it and it made me think about my life and look in the past.

At moments this book made me cry, than it made me happy. It seemed like it was going to be another book were a girl throws a party and it gets ruin. I didn't think it would teach me a lesson. But it did and it was a good lesson.

In this book Tegan throws a huge sweet 16 that she hopes everyone will like and she will do anything to make t perfect. Nothing can be out of...more
Vicktoria Horner
Feb 15, 2012 Vicktoria Horner is currently reading it
This book is you'r "ordanary" book to say. It starts out with a a girl who isnt really the most popular and then she has her big sweet 16 and its the bash or party of the year. Everyone is nice to her noone is being obnoxious like they ushaly are to her. But whats so unushale is that everyone want to go to her party and nothing will stop anyone from getting a invite to her party. But they party i have currently got to is during her party shes is dancing and having a great time and all of a sudde...more
Meet Teagan: the prettiest, most popular girl at school. With sky blue eyes and chestnut hair, Teagan is THE alpha of her clique. It takes a life changing experience to open her eyes, and to see who really is her friend...
Meet Lindsey: the jealous follower of Teagan. Gets put down by Teagan one too many times and starts dating Teagan's boyfriend Max...

OMG I thought it would be a typical "I'm popular everyone loves me" story but it so wasn't. At the end Teagan gives her couture dresses to lower c...more
Karli Pawlowski
I liked this book. It was about a rich girl who thinks everything goes the way she wants it to go. She throws this sweet 16 party for her. Her life is so perfect, becasue she has everything she wants, a perfect boyfriend, a lot of money, and her friends.
The day of her party. It is crapy outside, its raining. She gets to the clubhouse where her party is held. Thats when everything goes wrong. Someone accidently bumps into her and spills cocktail souce all over her dress. She goes to the back ro...more
Ella Perkins
Teagan Phillips’s sweet sixteen was not so sweet after all. It turned out that she died then came back to life!!!! She was having the time of her life, when something bad goes wrong. No open bar?

I can make a text to self-connection. I can make this connection with Tegan because her and I love to be in charge and have a lot of money. They both expect something out of everything in life.

I would give this book 5 stars because I really like the part that she dies and gets to see who she ever hurt. W...more
I had read this years back and I checked it out for a quick read at the pool. This still hit me emotionally if for one thing alone, and that is the fact the main characters mother passes away early in her life. But Teagan does not continue to be the sweet, kind young woman she had started out to be. She is mean and spoiled and plans an over the top sweet sixteen, but a spill down the steps leads her to be led by a ghost thru her past transgressions and make amends.
This is a cute book that plays...more
Faith Sanchez
THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER! OMG! Finished it in less than 10 hours bc it's so freakin awesome! Yaaas! Five stars indeed!
This book reminded me of the Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Teagan Phillips is celebrating her sweet sixteen and she's a very snobby person. She has a very high ego and forgets about the things she takes for granted such as her family. However, the day of her sweet sixtee, she trips down the cellar and a fairy god mother comes to her. her fairy god mother teaches her that her best friends aren't really who they seem to be. I didn't really like it because the fairy god mother seemed unnecess...more
Teagan, who is most like one of those bratty girls on MTV's "My Super-Sweet Sixteen," is throwing *gasp* a SWEET SIXTEEN PARTY! (Who would've guessed...?) She encounters problems as her two friends are fighting, and her supposedly best friend, Lindsey, is hooking up with Teagan's boyfriend, Max, (who Teagan was hoping to surprise with some....you know....) behind her back. Teagan also falls down the wine cellar at the country club and "dies." Will a trip with some mysterious ghost woman turn her...more
Kayla Wilson
This book is about a girl named Teagan Phillips who is rich,and very mean, and has a sweet sixteen party where everything goes wrong. I heard about this from my library teacher at school. My first impression of this book was that it was going to be exciting because the cover was coloful and had a girl on the front. I thik the author's style of writing is very modern because she writes like how everyday teens talk.I learned from this book that you should cherish everything of your life and that y...more
Teagan Phillips is obnoxiously rich and is having her sweet glamorous 16 birthday. She is all about fashion.But her party doesn't go exactly the way she wants it to. First she falls down the steps to a wine cellar and meets a creepy woman. Suddenly Teagan is transported to the past when she was a sweet little girl and when her mother was still alive and realizes what she has become and knows she has to change but can she? This book overall is a good book and this author, Kate Brian is a good aut...more
Tegan Phillips is an abhorrent rich, fashionable 15 year old girl. Of course her sweet sixteen is just around the corner, and she wants to make hers the most vivacious out of all of the girls at school. It has to be “hot”, attractive, and crazy and cover all of her personality traits. Tegan says that nobody’s sweet sixteen will be as unique as hers. Tegan’s fairytale sweet sixteen ends up as a happily never after. Everything turns out to go the incorrect way. A dramatic memory sends Tegan into a...more
i don't even think i got to finish 2 chapters before i even abanded it i mean it's what they say "don't judge a book for it's cover" so thats why i gave it a try and it was still a waste of time anyways, thats why i don't believe people when they say those things.
read this book if you dare i mean i don't say it in a bad way just read it your self and you tell me if you liked it cause personaily im not the type of girl that would sort of read these type of books.
Sooo yeaa ...
I was actually going to stop reading this book cause I thought the introduction was a bit dull, but I'm so glad I stuck through cause it turned out to be a really interesting read. Loved the flashbacks and the flash forwards, they really made the story interesting although there were times when I was hoping they would cut back to the basement scene only because I wanted to know how it ended. But I was so happy with the ending!! Quite a good book definitely recommend it!
Jan 06, 2012 Kerith rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Ha -- this was Dickens' A Christmas Carol rewritten for today's teen and taking place at an over-the-top ridiculous Sweet Sixteen party. The main character was mean to the point of caricature which made her redemption a little unbelievable, but I guess that gets the point across. I sure hate to think there are really kids out there like this.
Oh bonus -- it did not take place in Manhattan. I about fell off my couch! Philadelphia -- what a breath of fresh air.
Dec 20, 2007 Halle♥ rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: girly girls
Shelves: teen-fiction
This book was about a young girl named Teagan who's held so much anger in herself since her mother died when she was young. As a result, she takes everything out on everyone. In the beginning you see her true colors, she's a mean, selfish, vain, spoiled brat. You love hating her but the book was so gripping, you had to see what happened next. The story had an interesting twist and I enjoyed it. In the end, she makes everything all right, so that's good.
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Kate Brian is the prolific author of many books for teens including the Private series, the new Privilege series, and Sweet 16. She lives with her husband in New Jersey. She writes under the pseudonym Kate Brian, instead of using her real name: Kieran Scott.
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