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Sixteenth Summer

(Sixteenth Summer #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  9,182 ratings  ·  419 reviews
Anna is dreading another tourist-filled summer on Dune Island that follows the same routine: beach, ice cream, friends, repeat. That is, until she locks eyes with Will, the gorgeous and sweet guy visiting from New York. Soon, her summer is filled with flirtatious fun as Anna falls head over heels in love.

But with every perfect afternoon, sweet kiss, and walk on the beach,
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Paperback, 283 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Simon Pulse
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Lyndsey
May 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teeny boppers looking for a summer romance without the fairytale or fairy tails.
Summer . It doesn't always have to be about mermaids and unicorns.

Sometimes, it just about a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him not to smash her sandcastle. And sometimes, that boy smashes it anyway.

But not in this book - in this one, they frikkin build sandcastles. One of them: a replica of the Sydney Opera House. Damn right.

In her small beach town, Anna meets and falls fast head over heels for Will, the boy from the city. She gets wrapped up in the magic of spending/>But
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Wendy Darling
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Anna and the French Kiss
There's something about rhythm of summer that slows down time and makes every moment especially delicious. Summer's fleeting season means that its moments are also bittersweet, however, and no one knows this better than beach-town girl Anna Patrick. She's falling head over heels in love with Will...but knows that he'll soon have to go back to New York where he belongs.

I'm not much of a contemporary YA romance person, but found myself thoroughly charmed by this book, which is the perf
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Ari
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ari by: Racquel
Oh boy, this book was really charming.



It was like a spell taking me back in time, remembering how it felt to be in love for the very first time. But more than that it reminded me of the last time I fell in love, and it was both scary and exciting to see my memories brought somehow back to life.

You see, I believe in love at first sight.. Off course it takes a lot more than that to get to the point of actually
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
- I wanted a bit of fluff to soften my life up a little and I got too much of it;

- Too much optimism makes me want to puke;

- Will felt extremely fake. He lacked personality. He acted like a damn girl;

- BORING;

- I was going to give it three stars but the ending bothered me to the point of having to take away one. I don’t like to be left wondering what happens to them unless you do it in a very interesting way. It felt unfinished.
Nic
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for the perfect summer love story
Rating 4.5 stars

Wow! What an awesome debut. This book if full of things I love - ice cream, sweet yet delicious kisses, hot summer days, ice cream, the beach and did I mention ice cream!

Sixteenth Summer is a feel good read from start to finish. The kind of book you devour in a couple of hours and grin the whole way through. The writing is a style that makes for an effortless read. Dalton also had great eye for detail when it came to describing the beautiful beach side setting and obvio
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Morgan F
Are you surprised by the three-star rating? Are you that amazed that I actually enjoyed a summer romance book? Well, I kind of surprised myself.

I am not a sappy-sap type. Saccharine romances annoy me to no end. And trust me, this book had some gag-me-with-a-spoon moments. And it was certainly frilly. Nothing too deep or controversial. No excessive cussing, no sex, just kissing and hurt feelings. It should have been quite boring actually, added on to the fact that there were no surprises in this
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Lilia
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thought this was a cute book!!
~Tina~
Sixteenth Summer was such a sweet and cute book filled with the stuff that teenage dreams are made of. First kisses, holding hands, spinning on the beach. Young, scared, alive and all those those magical emotions and moments. This is a story about the joys and tears of first love and how it will always linger in your heart forever.

I really enjoyed Anna's voice. She's such a worrying little thing, always second guessing what she says and does. She feels too much and it scares her to absolut
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Donna {Book Passion For Life}
“I love you,” he said. He almost yelled it. “And I know that sounds crazy. That’s what you say at the beginning of something, not when it’s almost reached its end. But – I don’t care. I just want to be with you. Maybe it’ll only be for these next few weeks. Maybe it’ll be forever. We can’t know what’ll happen, Anna. All I know is I love you and…we should be together. We just have to be together. We need to be together.”

Anna lives in a small town called Dune Island and every year she has to watch the tou
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Gabrielle
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
actual rating 3.25 I'm glad i gave this a second chance the second time around i started enjoying it more even though there could have been more depth to the romance and Anna could have been less annoying my favorite part was the summery light fun setting i love that summery beachy small town feel and it was really refreshing
The Anxious Bookaholic
Which girl does not remember her first love?
And I not talking about that time in kindergarden when the boy you liked gave you a stick with a caterpillar on it (true story!) and you officially became a couple.
I am talking about that exact moment when you are sixteen or seventeen,
struggling between being the child you still are and the adult you are supposed to become. Between the person that your parents expect you to be and the fact that you yourself do not know what to do with yo
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Laura
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, beautiful book! Michelle Dalton’s style and words create such a warm, sweet, safe world. I could have wrapped myself in her words and stayed there forever. Warning though---be sure you have a supply of ice cream on hand while reading this book! The ice cream descriptions alone will make you want to pick up pint after pint of new flavors to try all summer long. I look forward to hearing more from Michelle Dalton.
Breanna
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Do you believe in love at first sight? Well, this is what Anna experiences during her sixteenth summer.

Anna is just an ordinary 16 year old girl living on Dune Island. Every summer she knows to expect the wave of tourists (or as she likes to call them, “shoobees”) that come to enjoy the beautiful scenery of her hometown. Anna has always thought of shoobees as annoying, stuck-up, arrogant people that take over her island once school is out, but there is nothing she can do about them
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Sandy
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Sixteenth Summer is the perfect beach read. This book is strong on imagery, and the vivid descriptions will have you fancying to stick your toes in the sand and feel the surf on your legs and bask in the sun on your face. And did I mention ice cream? You'll be wanting ice cream with that perfect-summer-afternoon-at-the-beach vision, too.

The first love is swoony, the writing flows nicely, and the setting and descriptions are delicious. If you're looking for a light, fluff
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Nancy
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. It is probably the most genuine and true-to-life summer first love stories. It was simple and fun. Anna, the protagonist, is discovering her own beauty through her first relationship. Dialogue is hilarious and made me laugh out loud. On top of the romance aspect, Anna has a family and those dynamics along with her old friends, Caroline and Sam who are discovering romance themselves. The setting is unique - Georgia beach. The quandary is broached - what if it's only for the su ...more
Laurence R.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This has got to be the sweetest YA novel I’ve ever read. It’s innocent, deep and passionate. I loved it!
Aleeeeeza
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Three-and-a-half months into 2011, I’d already read nine summers books. (All right, so not nine exactly, seeing as I didn’t finish one, and I’m not sure Stay by Deb Caletti, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson and The Sky is Everywhere Jandy Nelson count, even if they all take place at least partially during summer.) Out of those, I can safely say the only one I’ve REALLY enjoyed (not counting the ones listed above) only one, and that’d be Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler. So I can’t reall ...more
Rachel Harris
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Tis the season of books about summer romances and adventures, and every year shelves are flooded with stories about sand, surf, and tan lines. I’m a sucker for books about summer love, letting me experience the joy and wistfulness of it all without the sunburn, and SIXTEENTH SUMMER by Michelle Dalton is the latest addition to my growing collection.

I must confess that as the remaining pages of this book grew smaller and smaller, my nerves skyrocketed. Anna and Will needed to have a ha
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Racquel
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my, this books was absolutely fantastic! It's one of THE best beach reads I have ever read and it's exactly that, a beach read but fear nothing, this is a GOOD beach read, it's not to big on the kind of drama that make your head explode. It's actually a really light, fluffy read that I think everybody should take pleasure in reading.

It's super sweet, funny and really realistic. Anna's thought from the first page were so real to me and relate-able that often I found my self saying "Oh,
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Princess Bookie
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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My Thoughts: I was very very excited to read this one! We are introduced to Anna who lives on Dune Island with her family. She spends most of her time with her best friends Sam and Caroline. They have recently became a couple. Anna isn't interested in any of the local boys. How can she be, when she has seen them during their most embarrassing moments as children? She is independent and pretty much brushes any guys advances off.


Than comes along Will. Gorgeous and sweet Will. He
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Alyssa hoffmaster
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was a light, lovely summer love story. This book has a common plot. Yet I love them all, even with the same love stories that is all sweet at first, then they get mad and break up and then make up and have a happy ending. There all the same, but different.

Anna lives on Dune Island with her family; she works at her family’s popular ice cream parlor as much as she can, when she’s not working she’s spends the rest of her time with her friends, Sam and Caroline. Up until recently they wer
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Book Twirps
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Anna Patrick is not looking forward to summer this year. Her two best friends, Caroline and Sam are now a couple and she feels like a third wheel. Though plenty of the other boys on the island have shown an interest in Anna, she isn’t interested in them. She wants to get away and longs for some time away from the tourists on Dune Island. Every summer it’s the same: the beach, hang out with friends, then go to work at her parents ice-cream shop. Not to mention having to deal with all of the “shoo ...more
Louisa
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was just what I needed: a light, cute, surprisingly introspective and summery read to tide me through this last weekend of academic frenzy. Oh, how sweet the sound of first love can be.

Anna is a Dune Island beach-town girl and an extremely relatable, likable protagonist. On the start of her sixteenth summer, she wishes there was something different about this summer. Up pops Will, a New Yorker 'shoobee' and all-round charming, awkward, handsome, and owner of some damned fin
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As I have said before I am a totally romance junkie. Nothing can make my heart melt more then reading about two people falling in love. This story is very simple. Two people falling in love over summer and dreading the ending of summer in which one must leave back home.


From the very beginning of this book I smiled, a lot! I love watching both Will and Anna meet and be all nervous. I love reading their feelings and seeing them go on first dates. It made me want to fall in love o
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Kassidy
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Awww so cute and sweet! But kinda sad... I really liked it overall, and it was the perfect beach read!
Hannah Schneider
Personal Response: I really enjoyed reading this book very much. I thought it was a very well-written book, I could not put it down. I liked it so much that I read this book really fast for me. It was a romance book, but I have been really enjoying romance this school year.

Plot Summary: Sixteenth Summer takes place on an island in Georgia during the summer time. It is based around a sixteen-year-old girl named Anna, who lives on the island year round. Anna sees a boy named Will on the first day of su
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Liz Patino
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jessica Magdanz
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Personal Response:
I really enjoyed this book because it is very relatable. Even if you don't live on a beach or an island you can still relate to the events that happen between characters. I personally liked how Anna was open to Will even though he was a shewbee or a vacationer. My favorite part of the book was how Anna and Will go on their own types of dates, and not how everyone else does. Overall I think Sixteenth Summer is a well written love story.

Summary:
Anna lives on Dune Island wh
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Wisty
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nothing like reading the epitome of a summer novel in bed on a cold, rainy day just as summer is ending. This was trusty and adorable, tons of summery aspects, adorably awkward romance, ICE CREAM, the whole nine yards. Also, Michelle Dalton's writing is actually very high-quality for such a breezy read, I'd like to see her write in a different genre because she's got skills.

Also, I liked the ending. Felt more realistic than these things sometimes are.
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“Sometimes I wanted to dance and laugh with my friends until midnight, and sometimes I wanted to screen all calls and hide away with a tragic novel and a bag of candy. Sometimes I spend an hour trying to pretty myself up, and sometimes I could barely be bothered to comb the knots out of my hair before I left the house.
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