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XVI by Julia Karr
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Mar 12, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: 2012, dystopian, ya-lit
Read in March, 2012

Meh. What sounded like an original, thought-provoking concept turns into another run-of-the-mill dystopian YA novel. In the distant future, girls who turn 16 years old are tattooed so that the rest of society will know they are now sex-teens,i.e. ready for sexual activity. They are supposed to have the ability to make adult decisions about their relationships, and yet it is mandatory that they are given STD prevention shots, the tattoo and are forced to register for the FeLS program, which supposedly trains the lucky chosen young girls to be "diplomats" for two years (but any reader with half a brain can see the "surprise" truth about the FeLS program coming a mile away). For some reason, all this "empowerment" that happens when a girl turns 16 leads our main character, and supposedly many other girls, to begin living a life full of fear. I was confused because on one hand it sounded like some girls wanted this sign of maturity, and on the other, it sounded like getting the tattoo meant they were going to be jumped and raped in the street by every male that came across their path. This was just one of this book's many incongruencies.

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