Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday

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Megan McCafferty
Crown/Archetype, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Remember what it was like to be sixteen? Whether it was the year your teeth were finally free of braces or the year you were discovered by the opposite sex, that magical, mystical age is something you will never forget. Edited by Megan McCafferty, author of the runaway hit novels Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings, Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday is a compilation of short stories inspired by all the angst, melodrama, and wonderment of being sixteen.

Sarah Dessen’s “Infinity” is about a girl confronting two major milestones: getting her driver’s license and losing her virginity. The Dead Girls in Jacqueline Woodson’s “Nebraska 99” have already decided to “do it” and must now cope with being teenage mothers. And Carolyn Mackler’s “Mona Lisa, Jesus, Chad, and Me” explores whether friendship can survive when partying and prayer clash. Also included is a new Jessica Darling story by Megan McCafferty about the last fifteen minutes Jessica spends—or rather, doesn’t spend—with her best friend, Hope, who is leaving Pineville.

Featuring stories by Steve Almond, M. T. Anderson, Julianna Baggott, Cat Bauer, Emma Forrest, Tanuja Desai Hidier, David Levithan, Sonya Sones, Zoe Trope, Ned Vizzini, and Joseph Weisberg, these hilarious, poignant, and touching tales are perfect for both those who have yet to reach that milestone and those who want to reminisce about their “sweetest” year.

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A few risque parts....

User Review  - Stacey P. -

Might not be suitable for all 16 year olds some parts were slightly racy glad I glanced through before I gifted this book... I decided NOT to gift. Read full review

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Apparently a girl's sixteenth birthday is supposed to be the be all to end all of all birthdays. It's supposed to be the year when your life begins. When everything of interest starts to happen to you ... Read full review


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MEGAN McCAFFERTY is the author of Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings. She lives with her husband and young son in New Jersey, and is currently at work on her third Jessica Darling novel. Find out more at

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award and the NAACP Image Award, and was named a Newbery Honor Book and a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association.  Sarah lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at

David Levithan a bestselling young adult fiction author and recipient of the Lambda Literary Award in 2003 for Boy Meets Boy, and again in 2006 for his work The Full Spectrum. He also won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for The Realm of PossibilityBoy Meets BoyLove Is the Higher LawHow They Met and Other StoriesWide Awake, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. David Levithan is a children’s book editor in New York City. He lives in Hoboken, NJ. 

Sarah Mlynowski is the author of the Magic in Manhattan and Whatever After series, as well as Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have), Milkrun, and more. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages. Sarah was born in Montreal but lives and writes in New York City.

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