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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  839 ratings  ·  134 reviews
The year Juliet turns sixteen includes everything from her first date to getting kicked off the basketball team, but when her younger sister, Carly, develops an eating disorder, Juliet must rely on her family and her faith for strength.
Hardcover, 249 pages
Published February 3rd 2010 by Deseret Book Company
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Dec 09, 2010 rated it liked it
This novel is about a sixteen-year old girl, Juliet, who thinks her entire life will be perfect after her sixteenth birthday, but complications arrive when first, her almost boyfriend decides to date her friend instead, and second, when her younger sister Carly is discovered to be suffering from bulimia. The entire family is affected by Carly's eating disorder, and it is only through her family's love, her trust in the Atonement, and the helpfulness of an eating disorder clinic that Carly is abl ...more
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The first time I saw this book on the shelf at Deseret Book I have to admit I put it back. I just wasn't sure I was ready to read another book dealing with eating disorders. Then after reading Matched I decided I wanted to delve into more of Ally's past titles. Being Sixteen resonated with me on so many levels. It hit deep within my core and it's one of my top three favorite books of the year. I found myself in tears several times while reading as the message breathes truth and hope. Allyson Con ...more
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Juliet has just turned sixteen, a pivotal age in Mormon culture. She is excited for her junior year, with an almost-boyfriend, a drivers license, a sure spot on the high school basketball team, great friends, and a supportive family. But as school begins, it seems like none of these things is working out for Juliet. Her best friend hooks up with her almost-boyfriend, the basketball coach resigns, and worst of all, Juliet discovers her little sister Carly has a severe eating disorder. Juliet can' ...more
Nicely low-key. I expect the reason it took me ages to find this one is that it's LDS fiction—the author's Matched series did quite well, but libraries (or at least—the ones I frequent) don't go in for tons of religious fiction. And, well, neither do I, generally, but again, that it's pretty low-key makes the religion end work better for me than it might. Actually, setting aside the LDS element, the book reminds me a fair bit of Sarah Dessen's books: strong family element; a boy who swoops in to ...more
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because it showed bulimia in a real light, but also showed how eating disorders affect families. I also like that the book shows how the main character slowly drifts away from her testimony. I think it is a good thing for teens to read about how someone can distance themselves from the church without really doing anything outrageously unrighteous; they can see that everything we say, do, think, and are affect our testimony. It also helped me remember that our testimonies ...more
Kathleen Vallejo
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
I haven't read LDS Teen Fiction in an LONG time. I don't remember why I put this on my list to read (someone must have recommended it but I don't know who)...but I really enjoyed it. It's not the normal LDS sappy fiction, it was real. There were a few passages (where she was quoting General Authorities) where I teared up a little. There was some really good stuff in this. While there were a few things that annoyed me a little (how she kept saying "Kendall girls do this" or "Kendall girls don't d ...more
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT!!!! Thye main character is Mormon!
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Nice LDS take on teen girls with eating disorders. This was Ally's last book before her big contract for MATCHED. ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Delightful. But then I happen to be a big Condie fan.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Emily Hansen, Carrie DiVall, Brooke Golson
(The spoilers in this review have a "debrief" for each section that is a spoiler. The debrief does go into the points I make but with fewer/no details that spoil. If you want to read the spoilers before reading this book, I would advise otherwise. The same points are made available without spoilers. Thanks!)
This book was difficult to read but I loved reading it. Eating disorders are encountered which can be really scary for anybody and was indeed so for Juliet (the main character). Carly (Juliet
Graci Skidmore
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of my most favorite books ever! It's about a girl who thinks her life is perfect! Everything seems to be going well, until slowly everything starts to fall apart. Her "boyfriend" goes for her best friend, her best friend betrays her, she gets kicked off the basketball team, she finds out her older sister isn't coming home for Christmas, and she finds out her younger sister as bulimia. It is a very hard time for her and she just wants to give up. But she meets some very special people ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-11-20
Being Sixteen follows Juliet Kendall during the year after her sixteenth birthday. She has been looking forward to turning sixteen for so long. The year ahead looks very promising to Kendall, but as it unfolds, her testimony and faith are tested as she struggles with difficulties that arise in her life. Her younger sister Carly develops an eating disorder, she is kicked of the varsity basketball team, and, as with all coming of age stories, boy drama.
This book is a very cute and relatable story.
Deven Curtis
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng-420
Being Sixteen follows the all-too-relateable Juliet Kendall through a family crisis, high school loneliness, and sports-team drama. Opening on her 16th birthday, the story hinges around a tightly wound string of trials and difficulties dealt with through Juliet's perspective, the most poignant of which is her younger sister's progressive eating disorder which drives a wedge into the heart of the family and shakes Juliet's foundation of faith. This down-to-earth novel i
Janelle Hammonds
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really and throughly enjoyed this book. Originally I was hesitant to read this book because of the religious aspect since the topic tends to overpower the entire story but that was not the case. I loved how nothing seemed forced and it honestly was a good representation of high school.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This was hard to read at times. So raw and real. But it was a good read with a good message.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can’t say that I loved this book. It was hard to read. It was sad. But it shared an important message and I am glad I read it. 3.5 stars.
Jessica Payne
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absalutly love this book!! I would recommend it to any girl or woman!
sydney williams
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
a really great book for younger teens
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was ok I didn’t really like it because it didn’t connect with me but I would recommend it to people that like this sort of book.
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read a bunch of this author’s books, but this story focused on sisters struggling with conflicts small and large was incredibly well written.
Haley Lindley
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Nicole Lindsey
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-420
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Apr 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
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Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds-fiction
I had read the first few pages when I first got the book, and since yesterday was a cold, rainy Sunday that I spent my entire day in PJs in, I thought I would take a crack at the book. I had started with maybe 10 pages of a head start, but managed to finish it all by 12:15 AM this morning.

What I love the most is Ally Condie's books, although geared to teens, isn't the usual saccharine-sweet LDS cutesy stuff, but actually deals with stuff that CAN happen.

Juliet Kendall is hoping on having the pe
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Juliet looks forward to a year of friends, dating, and basketball when she turns sixteen. At first everything looks to be going her way. But she ends up being benched for most of the basketball season and breaks up with her almost-boyfriend, who has fallen for her best friend. Meanwhile her sister Carly is diagnosed with an eating disorder. The difficult circumstances in Juliet's life cause her to question her testimony. I haven't read very much LDS fiction, and I'm not ver
Alexandra Cathrine
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I picked this book up because I needed a book that I could finish in a day, for the 2015 reading challenge. If I really wanted to, I could have. But I didn't. I had no idea it was written by the author of the Matched trilogy. So that instantly made me want to read this. I also had no idea that it was very Mormon until I read the prologue. I'm not religious at all but it didn't stop me from reading it.
First of all the minute you turn 16 you don't magically get asked on a date, my friends and I c
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. One of the best LDS fiction I read.

This is a well-written book about a 16 year old dealing with some very difficult things and the author resolves them in a very real way. I loved how Juliet grew over the course of the novel, and you never find her little sister annoying or bratty, you find her real. (I also appreciated how the author didn't try to add in a bunch of references to teen culture (facebook, ipods) like some authors make the mistake of trying to do- it just m
Ashley Williams
May 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Drugs: 2
Sex: 1
Rock n' Roll: 1
Language: 1
Violence and Abuse: 2

This book expresses perfectly what it is like be in a relationship with someone who has a disorder. Juliet, the main character, shares the ordinary problems of a sixteen-year-old with the reader. What I found especially interesting was that Juliet is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints, or Mormon. You can really see her struggle with the church and her own testimony grow.

The growth that this characte
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is my first 5 stars to an LDS author. Most of them them tend to be light on content, heavy on spiritual clichés. I think this author has found a perfect balance in this book - it felt 'true'. Juliet is a teen, a little self-centered like most teens, but you can see the growth as she struggles to find her footing when things don't go the way she planed. Even though this is a YA book, it was not overly 'teen-ish' and I found myself empathizing with Juliet (I'm not a teen anymore), the family ...more
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I really liked it. I thought it was going to be just a light teenagey, somewhat cheezy read, but there was some real depth to it! And enough talent on the author's part to actually bring out my emotions. It made me homesick for my sisters, and for those teenage years that I sometimes wish I could redo with my sisters, just to have more time with them and really pay attention to what was going on in their lives. The author actually does a really good job of portraying a teenager's worr ...more
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Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

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