Sixteen, by Emily Rachelle

By Adriana

I recently bought a bunch of books for my Kindle (thank you Amazon Gift Cards) which means a LOT of upcoming book reviews….Though I might be holding some of them hostage for a while until I find the perfect time to post the reviews instead of just posting them all willy-nilly (I bought 10 books meaning 10 new reviews! YAY!)

Today, I am reviewing a novella published by my friend Emily Rachelle called Sixteen. [You may recognize Emily’s name as she wrote the "Emily Rachelle Reviews" column for Homeschooling Teen!]

Now let’s get this thing started! 🙂

Nicole “Nikki” Johnson has never gotten along with her mother, so when she meets a great new guy, it’s no surprise that Matt’s age is all her mom sees. Just because he’s twenty-four and she’s sixteen doesn’t mean he’s a creeper! Thankfully, Nikki’s dad allows Nikki and Matt to be together and see how things work out. Their relationship is fantastic and Nikki is on cloud nine…

Until the Fourth of July picnic, when things go too far. Now a very changed Nikki has to make choices that will affect her every relationship – with Matt, her parents, her best friend, and most importantly, God.

Cover: Both the Paperback cover (I do not own the paperback copy) and the Ebook copy are ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.

Ebook cover: The Ebook cover is beautiful yet very simple. Love it!

Paperback cover: This one is beautiful as well. I have no words other than that it’s ‘Beautiful.’

Plot: I will admit, it was not entirely what I had expected. At first I found it really rushed but then found out that it was a short story. After I found that out I didn’t find it rushed at all.

Shows how much I pay attention 😛

Anyways. My ignorance of it being a short story put aside… I LOVED the plot. It was really well written and I really enjoyed it.

Genre: Christian Contemporary novels are one of my favourite genres. I quite enjoyed this one because of the way things pointed to God and I liked how God was mentioned but things weren’t changed or sugarcoated or whatever (like in some Christian Contemporary novels and it infuriates me)

Characters: Although I recognize this is a novella, I would have liked to get to know the characters a little more but from what I learned of them I loved them.

The one thing I would have liked to see a bit more of though was Nikki’s rebuilding of her relationship with her mother. It was mentioned in the novella and her relationship with her mother was a big deal throughout the story but at the end it was kinda just brushed off to the side as not majorly important.

Setting: The setting didn’t take place in a variety of places, just a couple main places but when they were described I felt myself there. I could see the apple orchard, Nikki’s home, etc.

Very well done!

Overall: Overall I give this novella a 4.5 out of 5. The reason is that I feel there could have been a little more detail plot wise and still not have it drag on but other than that, I LOVED the book. I highly suggest you get this novella 🙂

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Adriana Gabrielle writes “Adriana Gabrielle Reads.” You can also find her discussing things like writing novels, reading, discussing movies, film making and more on her blog: Adriana Gabrielle Writes.

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