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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  39 reviews
In this irreverent regency romp by New York Times best-selling author Sophie Jordan, newly minted sixteen-year-old Primrose Ainsworth finds herself on a wayward birthday adventure through London with a mysterious hero—perfect for fans of My Lady Jane.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Miranda Reads
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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Primrose has spent her life behind bars - okay not really, but her mother might as well imprisoned her.

From the moment Primrose could talk, her mother has set laid down the rules - Lady Druthers' Guide to be precise - and absolutely refused any and all signs of rebellion.

While Primrose has chaffed around having such strict guidelines for her life, she has played the role of dutiful daughte
Candace Robinson
ARC received via publisher!
Anna Jackson
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was drawn into this book by comparisons to My Lady Jane...and if you were too, be forewarned! This book does not have the wit, the driving plot, or the fun character development of My Lady Jane. In fact, I'd say this comparison is an insult to My Lady Jane. So keep that in mind if you continue to read this review - I have been ruined on this book by bad comparisons to one of my favorite novels!

This book was ok. Or at least the first half was. An interesting enough premise, but honestly, the w
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5/5 stars!

A huge thank you to NetGalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for sending me an E-ARC for an honest review.

Okay... so this book. I have SO MANY mixed feelings about this book. For one, it was so short. This story was rushed and didn't even feel like a novel. It felt more like a short story. (If it is meant to be a short story and I just missed that memo, I apologize.) I was so excited to read this because I absolutely LOVE historical fiction novels. However, there were a few things
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, 2020, ya
Thank you to Edelweiss and HMH Books for the chance to read this book.

Spoiler alert: I absolutely loved this.

Sixteen Scandals (btw, I'll be real with you, I requested this because of the title and cover alone, I mean??? GENIUS???) is about Miss Primrose Ainsworth who is the youngest of four sisters in the Ainsworth household. She is excited about her upcoming 16th birthday, because that means she'll be finally able to enter society. She yearns to do more than be stuck in her house. When her
Kristin Gleeson
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun light teen romance set in the Regency period, it should engage those budding Austen fans and any girl who's interested in historical novels. Primrose is a frustrated teen desperate for her debut in society and so when her mother tells her outright on her sixteenth birthday that she won't be able to come out into society at all because of her older sister's languishing prospects, she's both depressed and furious. After consulting with her best friend they decide they will have her spend a b ...more
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Jordan's "Sixteen Scandals" delivers on all the promises of the genre: a marriage-minded mama, a masked escapade, a handsome duke, a daring rescue (or two!), and an ending sequence straight out of teenage dreams (seriously, I feel like the ending could have been something I daydreamed as a teen).

Two things held me back from really enjoying this:

First, most romance novels bring the main characters together by helping them change — the protagonists wouldn't have been a couple at the beginning bec
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Primrose turns 16. Which means she can now go out in society and find a husband, attend parties. Her mother is more worried about her older sisters wedding and how the other girls aren't betrothed yet. Her family makes not even a small deal of her birthday and she is not allowed into society until her sisters are married. Primrose goes out for one night with her best friend. What happens when she and her friend get pulled apart? What happens when she meets a young man for the second time and the ...more
I received a copy of this from Edelweiss in return for a review.

When I first saw this book, I was really excited. Sophie Jordan has made a name for herself in historical romances, a genre I'm a big fan of. The fact that she was mixing that with YA, my other favorite genre? It was going to be good, right?

Well, kinda.

In this story, we're introduced to Prim. She's just turned 16 and literally no one in her family cares that it's her birthday or that she's supposed to be making a big come-out to mar
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
2.75 stars

Thank you to Unplugged Book and Edelweiss for this ARC. In return, here is my honest review.

Primrose is the youngest daughter in her family. With having three elder sisters, she is neglected. Her parents decided to delay her debut into society for another year because her sister Aster didn’t get courted yet. So, Prim decides to go rogue with her best friend on the night of her sixteenth birthday because she feels like no one from her family cares about her. Even though she is fully aw
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
First, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC. In exchange, I am leaving an honest review.

This book reads as "Bridgerton-lite". It has a similar feel, but it's far less scandalous, which makes it excellent for a younger reader. Unfortunately, the story feels rushed and could have been fleshed out more to make it more appealing.

Prim, our heroine, has no major defining characteristics besides 'red-haired', 'freckled', and 'thinks she is really unattractive but is in fact stunnin
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Overall consensus: absolute PERFECTION.

I think the comparison to My Lady Jane in the pitch of this book is spot on. Both books have a similar light, humorous tone with great young female leads. These books would definitely appeal to a similar audience in terms of age and, while both are historical fiction, they have more of an emphasis on the characters’ fun journeys and reactions to the world around them, making the historical element slightly easier to digest for a younger audience or one not
Mackenzie | Weekend Prose
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sixteen Scandals follows Miss Primrose Ainsworth on her 16th birthday - the day her parents promised to have her debut in Society. Prim's eldest sisters (she's the youngest of four!) are married and betrothed, whereas Aster is coming upon her third year season on the "marriage market." Because of Aster's situation, Prim has been told that she is to not debut, and therefore is confined to a purgatory of staying home and reading the same books. Prim decides to take her destiny into her own hands f ...more
Taylor McCabe
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Now that Primrose is finally sixteen, it is her turn to enter Society.... Except, as her mother informs her over breakfast, it's not. She has to wait until her older sister is engaged. Maybe next year. Or the year after. She'll have to wait and see. Tired of being ignored by her parents in favor of her three older sisters, Prim decides to make her own fun; she and her best friend will sneak off to the Vauxhall pleasure gardens for a night of adventure. After they get separated in the chaos, howe ...more
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fun, regency romance for teen readers.

Primrose Ainsworth is just about to turn sixteen. The youngest of four daughters, she is not yet out in society and much to her dismay, she finds out on the morning of her birthday that her mother has no plans to let her debut in society until after her elder sister is betrothed. Not only that, her family have not planned any celebration of her birthday at all. All her mother cares about is the upcoming wedding of another of her elder sisters to a
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
In congruence with my campaign to judge books by their covers, I requested this book because of the adorable cover and fun title. I love a Regency romp, and this story had definite YA Jane Austen vibes.

As the title implies, the book follows a similar plot to the 80s Molly Ringwald film, “Sixteen Candles”, except it’s set in 1821 England and doesn’t have an extremely racist portrayal of an Asian person. Basically, youngest child and perpetual rule-follower Primrose Ainsworth decides on her sixte
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to the publisher for the ARC of the novel for review. For someone in the middle of their Bridgerton induced Regency phase, this sounded like the perfect YA edition for all the historical romances I've been eyeing. I don't know if this makes any sense, but the only way to describe this is purely YA. It was overall a fun story but a tad predictable and unmemorable, just like a majority of the genre.
The two characters were interesting, but fell flat into the usual archetypes of the Elizab
Jessica Samuelson
Dec 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc, young-adult
This book is essentially Jane Austen meets The Brat Pack.

Primrose has been counting down the days to her sixteenth birthday with increasing desperation. As the youngest of four daughters to a London gentlemen of modest means, she has spent her entire life in the shadow of her older sisters. For Prim, turning sixteen means she is finally old enough to come out to Society and therefore freedom.

When her mother announces that’s Prim’s coming out will be postponed for the foreseeable future, Prim de
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read, perfect for Austen lovers who don't want to reread Emma for the ninth time.

The last of four girls in Regency England, Primrose is used to being overlooked. What she was not expecting, though, was for her mother to tell her *on her birthday!* that she was not going to join the other 16 year old girls and join society. Taking matters into her own hands, Primrose and her best friend, Olympia, decide to have their own night on the town. It doesn't take long for
Sarah Minchin
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
**Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this title in exchange for a fair and honest review**

The description of this book interested me from the start as I love both Jane Austen and historical fiction. Scanning other reviews before I requested it (a good way to dodge terrible books), I realised that it was based on the classic 80s film Sixteen Candles which I'd never got around to watching. I decided to watch the film before reading the book, just in case there were refer
Barbara Schultz
Although I am not the target audience for this novel; as a high school guidance counselor I liked to read novels that I believe my students would be reading.
I was drawn to this title and cover. Plus the comparison to ‘My Lady Jane’ definitely got my attention.

Time Period: Summer 1821
Place: Ainsworth House, Belgrave Square ~ London, England

Primrose Ainsworth is the youngest of four sisters and she soon will be celebrating her sixteenth birthday.
I was looking forward to a fun YA story. It is cute
Erin Mendoza
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Primrose, the youngest of 4 girls, can't wait to celebrate her 16th birthday and come out in society. But when her mother tells her that'll have to wait until her older sister is married, Prim decides to take matters into her own hands. Along with her friend, Olympia, Prim sneaks out for some birthday fun. Almost the whole book takes place during this night of hijinks. While predictable, this story was fun and engaging.
I love stories about girls breaking the mold. Prim was bold, with a thirst f
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Primrose Ainsworth has made it to the magical age to debut into society, sixteen. Unfortunately, her mother has decided that she will have to wait until after two of her older sisters marry. Prim is terribly upset at still being considered a child. and so she decides to take matters into her own hands and give herself a birthday night to remember. Prim and her best friend, Olympia, head off to Vauxhall for a night of adventure. Adventure is what Prim and Olympia find. I enjoyed the premise of an ...more
Madalyn Avitabile
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Prim is tired of being trapped in the nursery and takes matters into her own hands on her 16th birthday. When separated from her friend, prim meets Jacob and everything changes. This is a fun, flirty Regency Rom-com perfect for YA fans. Full of commentary about Regency life and women’s rights, Sixteen Scandals gives YA readers a glimpse into the world that our beloved classics were created in. I enjoyed this book and will definitely hand sell when it comes out.
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Sixteen Scandals was a delightful teen romp in the Regency Era. It's a good starting point for budding Jane Austen and romance readers alike. The plot felt very much in the "Harlequin Romance" area but the writing was adorable and charming so I can't be too hard on it. Primrose and Jacob made me smile and I finished the novel in a single sitting, so I found it quite diverting. If you're looking for a sweet fluffy Regency teen romance, then grab Sixteen Scandals. ...more
Dec 14, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnf, netgalley
I had a lot of problems with this book. The writing was extremely juvenile and the characters acted like toddlers in pre-pubescent bodies. The kissing scene-----like what in the world was that I thought we were over gossip magazine like advice, it was truly terrible. It has such a beautiful cover but the actual book needs some help.

2.5 stars
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full review will be featured at the LitBuzz website.

5 stars- I read this delicious and fun take with a Cinderella twist in one sitting. If you’re a fan of the Bridgerton series, do not miss this upcoming release! Primrose is beguiling and headstrong, while Jacob is chivalrous and perfectly swoon worthy. A must read for newly minted teens all the way to the most-dedicated romance reader.
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I'm fine with light-hearted. Not every single thing has to be revolutionary. I'm even okay with predictable in certain situations, but when it became clear the only way our heroine could possibly get out of this was with a man rushing in to save her, I was over it. ...more
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This was pure candy, but that is the content ya girl needs rn so.

3 stars!
Atijosan Olagoke
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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