XVI by Julia Karr
I had an immense amount of trouble finishing this book. I don’t think the topic was handled well in the story. Apparently, when a girl turns 16 she becomes a sex fiend and it’s okay if she’s raped or whatnot because women are only used for sex. But, I wasn’t too angered by the topic because the writing itself is so blah. I felt so disconnected to all the characters.
The characters themselves were really bland. Nina is the only sane female, in that she cares about things other than sex. All the guys are apparently using only their third leg to think. Ed, the stepfather, was a complete dick and beat up Nina’s mother (who she annoyingly called Ginnie) but that was okay. The whole abuse factor was handled so non-nonchalantly that it made me want to throw the book against the wall. Also, Nina isn’t like other girls until she turns 16 and falls in love, but then its okay that she’s so gaga over boys. Nina’s best friend, Sandy, is so ignorant of what’s going on that I just want to shake her.
And it is ironic that for a book being completely about sex drive, there is no sex. Everything happens off-screen. I just did not like this book.
Every girl gets one.
An XVI tattoo on the wrist–sixteen.
Some girls can’t wait to be sixteen, to be legal. Nina is not one of them. Even though she has no choice in the matter, she knows that so long as her life continues as normal, everything will be okay.
Then, with one brutal strike, Nina’s normal is shattered; and she discovers that nothing that she believed about her life is true. But there’s one boy who can help–and he just may hold the key to her past.
But with the line between attraction and danger as thin as a whisper, one thing is for sure…
For Nina, turning sixteen promises to be anything but sweet
This book is just another dystopian novel.
I received a copy of this book from my local library.