Apr 25, 2011

Review: Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

4 very sweet ice cream sandwiches using homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Cover Love: Yes. It is perfect for the feel of this book.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
I got this from Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab program and I am currently a sucker for summer romances. Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:
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, Anna can’t ignore that the days are quickly growing shorter, and Will has to leave at the end of August. Anna’s never felt anything like this before, but when forever isn’t even a possibility, one summer doesn’t feel worth the promise of her heart breaking….

I Kept Reading Because: I adored the romance between Anna and Will and was very interested in how the author was going to end the book.

Romance?: Yes--it's what the whole book is all about.

What I Liked (& Didn't):
I loved this line, "Looking at Will was so different from looking at other boys." That just nails the feeling you get when you realize you have a crush on someone, doesn't it? I still feel that way when I see my husband.

There were many, many more introspective lines and paragraphs about young loves, first loves and crushes. The author truly got the correct tone and feel of how a first romance is.

I loved the beach setting again.

I didn't love how Anna kept trying to run away, but I understood it. She was very afraid of how she was feeling and how swept up she was getting in the romance. But I did like Anna as a character, and I adored Will.

I liked how the author used Caroline and Sam as a parallel for a first love.

To Sum It Up: A nice, clean summer romance that young girls will love.

Book from Simon & Schuster Galley Grab. Thanks so much!!


  1. You really have been reading a lot of summer books lately! :-)

  2. I know!! I am actually going to do a post on that very topic soon!!

  3. Oh this is one I'll be reading the next time I visit the beach!!! Love all the books you pick! Fabulous taste!

  4. Thanks so much for the comment Jen! I always love hearing from you. It would be a great beach read (or a good read for a cold day in winter--dreams of the beach!).