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Being Sixteen by Ally Condie
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Feb 05, 2010

it was amazing
Read in February, 2010

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 makes the author look old and out of touch.)

The author is really good at her craft- she uses symbolism beautifully and there are none of the tropes of LDS fiction (you know, where someone gets hit by a car and ends up almost dying and magically everyone gets their lives back on track).

I was really pleased with this book- I am going to have to go and read her other books now, too!
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