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Sweet Sixteen

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  455 ratings  ·  117 reviews
They say roses are the most beautiful…

Gin Fielding is counting the days until she escapes the small-town life of Roper, Missouri for college at NYU. She prefers to blend in, though she’s far from invisible. But when she protects a younger student from a bully, the spotlight turns on her in ways she never imagined.

I say that every rose has its thorn…

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Kindle Edition, 213 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Silver Sky Publishing, Inc.
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I have previously read several romance books by Brenda Rothert and even though I lately rarely read YA anymore, somehow i picked this one up on a whim and knowing what I might expect from an YA read, entered lightheaded ;) BUT then I was actually surprised by the serious subject dealing in the story, and I changed my mind about this book, altogether.

Ginger/Gin Fielding wants to be in the shadows and just go through her last year of highschool without a fuss. She stays invisible, inside and outsi
***Actual rating: 4/5 Repentant Stars***

And I’m starting to realize the problems at our school didn’t come so much from individuals, but from a culture that worshiped football and thought that consent was a black-and-white, yes-or-no issue.

Before persuading you to read Sweet Sixteen, all I can say about this book is that it’s seriously a brilliant piece of writing. The story aims to let the readers know how wrong some of the seemingly typical behaviors in high schools are and how
Samantha Schwerin
So...this book kinda slaps you with a WTF factor pretty early on and my face was just like...

The fact that an actual (view spoiler) happens once a week during football season is just so disturbing. I have read some pretty outlandish/absurd scenarios in books before, but this one might take the cake. And the fact that not ONE teacher/parent/person of authority cared enough to check in on this or put a stop to it (it was heavily implied that at least one adult k
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Gin is in her last year of high school and has her sights set on attending NYU after graduating. She lives with her free spirited, open minded mum and has her very own unique style. Some people think she is goth-like due to her choice of hair colour and clothing choices, some think she is a lesbian and other don’t know what to think of her.

Gin prefers to go by unnoticed by her classmates, she would like to be considered a wallflower and receiving any unwanted attention is not something she enjo
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was definitely not expecting this book to turn out the way it did.
Yes, I agree with the warning, although this book takes place in a high school setting, it has many, many dark tones, and strongly recommended for readers 18+. That being said, I wish I could give this book more than 5 Stars.

Sweet Sixteen takes you on quite a ride. It’s going to show you bullying, racism, sexism, objectification, physical and substance abuse,harassment of all types, the after effects that some of those things c
Eden Butler
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brenda Rothert takes the high school narrative and turns it on its head. Sweet Sixteen delves into some seriously hard-to-read issues with effortless grace and style. I adored Gin and her self-reliant, unwilling-to-bend-to-the-crowd attitude and how both she and Chase grew and opened up throughout the book.

There are issues touched upon in SS that need to be addressed, that aren't exactly easy to tackle in even upper YA or NA. Rothert, however, is a strong, gifted author who brings the narrative
Jackie Wright
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Sixteen was not what I expected it really took me by surprise in the best possible way and now I need to try and put words on paper that will do this journey justice.
Roper High School is how I imagine high schools in small towns right across the US to be where the football team are God’s they get away with things no one else would and the whole town turn out to watch their games putting them on the highest pedestal possible. The football team have a tradition that before every game the ca
Oct 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
** Contains Spoilers **

This book absolutely boiled my blood! It deals with serious subject matter (consent, rape, etc.) and was completely tone deaf, especially with everything that is going on in the U.S. right now. The book started out interesting enough and then we find out about the longstanding tradition of the football team to bestowing a rose to a special girl before a game. Seems sweet, until you find out the rose is is given out to virgin girls who are publicly gang raped by the footbal
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Thought and discussion provoking story to be read. Brenda Rothert tells a story unique to her style and makes you believe in the progression and outcome.
This is not what you think when it comes to Y/A romance. It goes beyond romance and carries a heavy load in the subject matters it addresses as the storytelling progresses. The characters are carefully crafted in a jarring reality still facing youth regarding attitudes towards sex and gender roles.

For my full review, go to my blog post here

Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gin Chase

This is like no other book I ever read. The subject matter you may think was definitely not an everyday subject matter to read about but let me tell you can’t book the bloody book down once you start.

High school shenanigans, high school on goings so unbelievable. How do you say no to supposedly the greatest honour a girl could experience? It is it really? Not for Gin. Being the first girl ever to say no she has to deal with the consequences of her decision. But little do she know her de
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First of all the cover is just gorgeous! Second of all the story is not like anything I’ve read before. Love the words in this story. From beginning to end I could. It out this book down. Great story, I would recommend you read it. If you have a daughter in high school I recommend she read it also, to know how a teen boy should treat girls.
❤️Melanie G.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Marisela M. Chavez
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gin and Chase are everything!

Wow, Brenda has done it again. I was hooked from this story from the beginning when it started off at Inklo. So I was very happy to see how their story ended. I love how Gin stands up for herself and others and never changed for others. And finally Chase saw the wrongs and slowly changed everything he believed was right into the right direction. I recommend for everyone to check this story out you won't regret it.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Upon reading the summary about the book, I (perhaps obliviously) had no idea what the "Sweet Sixteen" element of the story would entail. However, in spite of its dark turn through serious themes, I absolutely loved this book. I appreciate Gin's character in that she holds true to her morals, especially through the awful treatment she receives, and how her strength in herself and her values inspires an honest change in Chase. I think it could have been easy to craft a storyline in which Gin caves ...more
Clare Harrison
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A girl who's true to herself. Knows her mind and isn't afraid to stick up for her beliefs is refreshing and mesmerising to those who look and listen.

A jock who walks the walk and talks the talk. Parties with the boys and is part of a much eagerly anticipated game match ritual.

The rose.. is but a pretty flower to most, but to the students at Roper High School its the ticket into the all exclusive sweet sixteen.

How do these three mingle and co exist well that's what this book is all about...

Gin i
Three Chicks
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Wow!! That was how I felt at the end of this book and probably while reading it as well. Sweet Sixteen is nothing I expected to be and it is also unlike anything that Brenda Rothert has written. In the beginning there was a part of me that was so shocked by what was going on that I wasn’t sure how I would continue. But this being Ms. Rothert I knew that I would. It was that moment that made me realize just how different this book really was and how much this book would
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started this book not knowing anything about it. Figured it was a sweet story about a girl turning sixteen. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This story was so different from what the author has written in the past. And while I love all her books, I think Sweet Sixteen is my new favorite. Gin and Chase attend Roper high school in a small town where football is everything to everyone. Gin is an outcast who takes up for a up for an underclass an getting bullied. Chase is the star quarterback that ...more
Carol Seymour
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emotional, thought provoking, one of the best Young Adult novels I have read. Gin is trying to slide through her senior year under the radar. She has her sights on NYU and escaping the confines of small town Roper. Chase is Roper High School's Golden Boy, captain of the football team and poised to receive a full football scholarship to the college of his choice. One small school, two very separate lives that are about to collide. As I am 53 years old, I am past this stage of my life and my daugh ...more
Laura Hampton
I have been a fan of Rothert's writing for several years. I read my first book by her in 2014 and was sucked into her storytelling abilities. Now four years later I have had the opportunity to read numerous books she has written and watched/read as her writing style has grown and developed into so much more. Sweet Sixteen is a bittersweet tale of two acquaintances that become close friends and more after one rushes to the aide of a younger sibling. This may be Rotherts best work to date in my op ...more
Paula White
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I was gifted a copy for an honest review.

Well, the sweet sixteen was not what I was expecting and ewwww! Gin was right not wanting to be part and it was good to see a strong female character. She stood up for people and what she believed in. Chase was the star quarterback with not such a good home life. It took Gin to wake him up and realise that what he was doing wasn’t good. Then he too took a stand - regardless of the flack he got. Gin and Chase were great together and I really liked Gin’s mu
Enticed by Romance
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Readultery Life Review

WOW…this book is like no other book that I had read recently.

Sweet Sixteen is a book about the ups and downs that most high school teenagers experience during their time at school and the repercussions that follow from everyone’s decisions. This story is raw and will be hard for some readers to read.

Brenda Rothert does a beautiful job at portraying the social issues that many teens these days face in their everyday school life, issues like bullying, racial abuse and ev
M.E. Carter
I just... wow.
Tania's Book Blog
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wowww this was so unexpected and nothing like any of the YA books I’ve read before. I was blown away by this story and how it brought interesting, sensitive issues to surface.

Gin by far was one of my favorite heroine from a YA book. She was strong and was no one’s doormat. She stood firmly by her beliefs and didn’t get pulled into peer pressure.

Chase I had mixed feelings about him at the beginning. He seemed legit when he helped Gin after she defended his sister but then obviously he didn’t re
Nancy Metsch
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
** Spoiler Free Review**
This is the first book that I have read by Brenda, I cannot wait to do this review.
I was so blown away by this book. It's actually one of the best I have read this year. In my opinion any mother of a high school girl should read this book. It was truly eye opening.
I know high school football is a huge deal in some towns. But at Roper High School the team takes things to a whole new level. The old saying boys will be boys should not apply in this case. Red roses are su
Stephanie Colyer
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book!

This was a really great read! There is a good lesson in this book that I wasn’t expecting from the blurb. I loved the characters and their story!
Brittani Brown
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is hard for me to form thoughts to make a decent enough review that is worthy of this book. I have not read any YA in quite some time, and this was such a refreshing read for me! There were tough spots, times that I would consider triggers for some, and then there were such sweet endings. I do wish the epilogue would have been a little longer, or maybe just part of the book. Overall, I think Brenda hit the nail on the head with our society and how things need to be (and are in the process of ...more
Annie Brewer
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book!
Paige Smith
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read a new book from Brenda Rothert, I find myself saying that one is better than the last book I read by her. But, Sweet Sixteen is by far her best work! Emotions, sincerity, redemption, this book contains it all.

Chase and Gin's story is so good and so realistic, and it sheds light on themes that need to be discussed among young adults. All I can say is this is most definitely a must-read recommendation from me.
Reading with 2 book lovers
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read by this author and wow what a fantastic one it was. I devoured this story so fast.
This is definitely a must read if you like books with dark undertones in them.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By far my favorite Brenda book to date!!!

This book brings forth so many emotions that at times you think you need to step away.

The topics are certainly not light but I am quite certain happen more often than we want to realize.

Her growth of these characters from adolescent to adult while in their senior year of high school was truly amazing to see.

The only thing missing for me was to see how Chase apoligized to the girls however this did not impact the story at all for me.

I cannot stress that t
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