Book Review: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

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favoriteTitle: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
Author: Rachel Harris
Published: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
ISBN13: 9781620611357
Format: Paperback
Series: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.
Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

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This was a delightful read that I devoured in one sitting.

Cat Crawford is born from a Hollywood actress and a Hollywood director so she is always on the radar, and she needs to be perfect for all these people. However, she doesn’t really care much for that, and simply hides her true self, even if it means being a boring loner in the eyes of those who watch her. But in reality, Cat Crawford is your spastic art geek who is obsessed with her Italian heritage and Renaissance artworks. She’s witty and charming, and has the kind of attitude that makes you want to laugh and be friends with her. She definitely does not want people gawking at her so a televised sweet sixteenth hosted by her annoyingly perky stepmom is definitely not her dream celebration. All she wanted is to see what Florence has to offer, and she is unknowingly thrust into an adventure of a lifetime after entering a gypsy tent.

Cat lands into sixteenth-century Florence where she is mistaken as Patience D’Angeli, an ancestor of her Italian mother. Without the pressure of being Hollywood-famous, Cat learns to love the D’Angeli family that takes her in, and he can’t help but falling for Lorenzo Capelli. The story follows the normal life of people during that time, which isn’t normal for Cat so she always finds herself surprised, slipping up, or spazzing. She is definitely a fun character to follow around. It’s not as pleasant as she dreams it to be, especially when the heinous Niccolo introduces himself.

With a band of lovable characters, you cannot go wrong with this book. Uncle Marco and Aunt Francesca were wonderful people who definitely cared for Cat, even though they barely knew her. They took her in as their own child. Some of their beliefs might be a little misguided, but they only want what’s best for their children. Cipriano was kind and caring in his own quiet way. The only time he would be lively is when Lorenzo is around, but I still liked him anyway. Alessandra was definitely my and Cat’s favorite person, apart from Lorenzo that is. She was a friend and a sister, and she can definitely read Cat well so she made a great confidante. Lucia, Cat’s servant, was a really great help in accustoming herself. And I suspected that there was more to her than what was presented. Lorenzo definitely makes me swoon. I liked him even better when he showed his true colors. I think my favorite part with him was their little excursion.

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OVERALL, Rachel Harris is definitely a fun writer with a great imagination. I loved My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and all it had to offer, and definitely enjoyed the adventure and romance. I’m not really sure how authentic her writing is, but it definitely reminds me of Pride and Prejudice. Because of my adoration for this book and her writing, I would definitely read her other books.

Oh, and based on what I see on Goodreads, we won’t know what will happen with Cat’s love life until the third book that doesn’t even have a release date yet. How evil is that? But I cannot wait to read about Alessandra! (Update: Apparently, we’ll see more of Cat in book 2 according to Rachel Harris!)

RATING:

5-star

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.
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4 thoughts on “Book Review: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

  1. I found your review on Goodreads — my 12 year old would like to read this — can you recall any mature or inappropriate content that may not be suitable for her age? Thanks — enjoyed your review!

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