Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Year I Turned Sixteen (The Year I Turned Sixteen, #1-4)” as Want to Read:
The Year I Turned Sixteen (The Year I Turned Sixteen, #1-4)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Year I Turned Sixteen

(The Year I Turned Sixteen #1-4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,032 ratings  ·  195 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
Paperback, 720 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published January 4th 2010)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Year I Turned Sixteen, please sign up.
Recent Questions
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.15  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,032 ratings  ·  195 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sarah by: Alhia
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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 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 ra
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 16 year old girls
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
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 asham
Lee Jass
Oct 14, 2013 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
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 ha
Emerald Sue
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 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 to read fr

Nov 23, 2010 rated it did not like it
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 rated it it was amazing
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 (:
Alyssa Dillenburg
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars out of five!

Even though this type of book is not usually what I read, I enjoyed it. Even though it was very long, (which didn’t bother me) I though this was a fun and easy read. I recommend this book to late middle school/ early High school girls. I will definitely reread this book!
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Lauren Burrier
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 w
Laura (Booksforbreakfast)
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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,
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 20, 2015 added it
Aida Rose Solomon
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
At first, when I read this book, I get slightly irritated with the way Rose is portrayed. It is probably because of how in love she is it seems dumb but I've never been in love so I couldn't judge. Then comes Daisy with her bad decisions and her constant denial (which all the four sisters possessed). I think she's being irrelevant with her rebel attitude but then I understand a bit that her grief and the pressure to be the perfect one kind of suffocate her and stressed her out. With Laurel, I cr ...more
Heather Miklandric
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
In my opinion this book is pretty good. This book has four books in one and captures each Walker sister in their own point of view which I Loved. This is definitely a tween book but even though what age you are it will definitely prepare you or take you back on the challenges and responsibilities you might have had or might have to do when you turn 16, such as discovering who you truly are, having a job, stepping up and doing more things around the house, dealing with loss, etc. each of the sist ...more
Mary Alex
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 s
Josephine Smith
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was about 13 years old, and I was able to relate to all of the girls when they were turning 16, with all of their life struggles. Although I read this when I was young, I would still read this to this day, (I'm 19 now) and would highly recommend this to anyone who needs a YA to preteen book. I understand not a lot of people would like this book, and that the girls seem to whine and complain about their life events, but sometimes that's just what we need to do
Bre Ford
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The thing that I liked about this book the most is that you can feel the characters emotions. The book itself was really good, it had every little great detail about all the people and things in the book. The book caught my eye at first by the title, that had drawn my attention. When I had read the back of the book it seemed like a good book, then I started reading it and the book turned out to be better than I expected. I also picked this book because I'll be sixteen next year.
Kaylee Kaplan
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, and I am proud to say that I read this when I was sixteen and it really opened my eyes on so many subjects. Not only on boys, but learning how to be yourself. I truly do appreciate this author for making this book series and will re-read.
Daisy H
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very emotive and enjoyable read. Hefty in size but not literary worth. Made me cry a few times though- loved it! Nice idea to have the four linking stories each so similar yet different.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book was great, an easy read. Loved how each story lines up with the next.
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
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Royally Crushed (Royally Jacked, #1-3)
  • Beach Blondes: June Dreams / July's Promise / August Magic (Summer, #1-3)
  • Family Acts
  • It's Not Like I Planned It This Way (Alice, #16-18)
  • The Darlings are Forever (The Darlings are Forever, #1)
  • Huge
  • Seven Deadly Sins Vol. 1: Lust; Envy
  • A Funny Thing About Love: Dancing Queen; Prom Crashers; Drive Me Crazy
  • Somebody Everybody Listens To
  • The Crushes (Heartbreakers, #2)
  • Queen Geeks In Love
  • Whitney (Making A Splash, #3)
  • Post Grad
  • Seventeenth Summer
  • Winter's Kiss: The Ex Games; The Twelve Dates of Christmas
  • Poser
  • After the Kiss
  • My Life as a Doormat (In Three Acts)
See similar books…

Other books in the series

The Year I Turned Sixteen (4 books)
  • Rose (The Year I Turned Sixteen, #1)
  • Daisy (The Year I Turned Sixteen, #2)
  • Laurel (The Year I Turned Sixteen, #3)
  • Lily (The Year I Turned Sixteen, #4)
“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
More quotes…