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Turning 16

Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: Sam Dorsey and Gay Popcorn, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Summary

Sam never liked his birthdays because not a single one of them was happy... When he turned 1, he fell face-down into his birthday cake; when he turned 5, he broke his left arm and when he turned 7, he broke his right arm and his left leg; when he turned 12, his house caught fire. Now Sam is about to turn 16 and he is dreading the day. The only birthday wish he has is for Jake who is the Mr. Popular of Arcadia High to even acknowledge his existence, or better yet give him a happy-birthday kiss. But Sam knows that it’s not gonna happen. Or is it?

©2014 Perie Wolford (P)2014 Perie Wolford

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Really cute

This was such a cute story, and I was totally hooked from the beginning as we listen to teenager Sam discuss his fantasies of the school heartthrob. I don't normally go for books written from a teenagers POV, but I saw this was narrated by Michael Pauley and I've yet to find a bad book narrated by him so thought I'd give this a go - I'm so glad I did! The author Perie Wolford was new to me, but I'll definitely listen to more by them.

I totally wasn't expecting this book to go in the direction it did, and I loved it. It was well written and performed, I really believed I was witnessing a teenager's thoughts and actions. It was sweet, a bit angsty at times, with a lovely HE. I really want to hear what's next for Sam, and have the sequel eagerly waiting in my library.

Although we get Sam's steamy fantasies and some reality scenes, I really wanted to hear more at the end between him and his lovely boyfriend. Other than that, thanks for a great story! I'll be back for more from both author and narrator.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Short but sweet YA Romance

80s-era teen angst romance with coming out, falling for the High School jock, and dealing with a birthday curse.

The characters were likeable and relatable, and the sort-of-love triangle kept thinks interesting. I really enjoyed this, plus with Michael Pauley narrating, you're in for a treat!

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  • Paignton Devon
  • 19-08-19

great book

Turning 16 is the first book I've read by Perie Wolford
enjoyed this story can't wait for book 2

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  • Dominic
  • 07-12-14

Love this...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because mainly this shows how much my high school love had found me and something like this has happened to my friend but not his birthday curse.

What did you like best about this story?

That Sam and Mitch ended up together.

What does Michael Pauley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

That The unexpected happened by getting a birthday kiss from Jake and getting something better from Mitch

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I Did Laugh and cry because i am away and miss my love

Any additional comments?

write more like this or something similar to this because i cant enough of this.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 23-06-19

This is a fun story and a great audio performance.

Turning 16 is the first book I've read by Perie Wolford; I was given a free Audible code for the story (I already owned the ebook) but no review was required. I really like books performed by Michael Pauley and I also enjoy a good New Adult/Young Adult story once in a while so I was happy to get to listen to this one.

Read the Publisher's Summary – it gives you the nitty-gritty; I'll tell you how much I liked it and why. It's a Michael Pauley performance so what's not to like? It's a really fun story and Michael did such a great job of capturing and expressing Sam's teenage angsty goodness. The story isn't angsty in the same way that books about more mature characters are but it sure brought back memories of high school drama and feelings. While I found the story be fun and kind of lighthearted, I'm sure that some of the things Sam struggled with were very real for a lot of kids.

Perie Wolford wrote a great story and Michael Pauley really brought it to life for me. There are more books in this series and I'm looking forward to reading and/or listening to them.

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  • Justin D
  • 24-11-19

Just as good the second time

I read the book a couple of years ago. This time I got to enjoy Michael Pauley bring the characters to life. How is this story not movie already!
Poor Sam. Just wants an uneventful birthday. Maybe next year...

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  • FORMER Kindle Customer
  • 19-11-19

"Happy birthday" curse or blessing

Sometimes events in life are bewildering to kids trying to become adults. Sometimes the adults are confused, too. But young love and hormones mix life up in ways no one can figure out until the end of the book, or in this case the audiobook. You might think you know what to expect.
High school can change lives in amazing ways. You just have to open your eyes and heart.

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  • Luis D.
  • 13-11-19

I didn’t enjoy it

Not sure what was worse the story or the narration. All the character’s voices sounded the same. It was hard to follow who says what. Very disappointed here.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-19

A sweet coming of age

A realistic sweet and funny read! Sam has no luck on his birthdays and this year is set to be no different. A funny must read!

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  • Shelley D Chastagner
  • 29-10-19

Sam and Mitch 1985

Absolutely fantastic! Lots of 80's references that made me smile. I laughed out loud throughout the story. Sam has to navigate friendships and runaway hormones while trying to figure out how to connect with his crush Jake. Mitch steps into the picture and things begin to go sideways. I loved the very John Hughes ending.

Audiobook: I loved Michael Pauley's reading. He consistently sounded like a 16-year-old boy from 1985 with perfect inflections on the vernacular of the era.

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  • Kat Flores
  • 26-10-19

Squee! I love this book!

Sam is convinced his birthday is cursed. A lot of crazy things do tend to happen to him around that time so yeah. It might be cursed.

Fans of the 16 Candles movie will find this book follows the spirit and most of the events from the movie. I just loved that Sam owned his crush on Jake. Like, he gets into silly shenanigans because of it. And, of course, there are embarrassing boy things that happen that had me laughing so hard I spit out my coffee.

Michael Pauly’s performance was really good. He reads fast- so sometimes he can be hard to follow. Not here, though. He really captures the whole angsty teenager vibe. This is definitely one of his best performances. I can’t imagine anyone else reading Sam!

This is a funny, light-hearted and joyful, YA book that will leave you smiling for days.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-19

good funny story

when you are 16 and you are sure your birthday has cursh on it and bad things will happen to you. Your mother drags the day over a week so instead of one bad day you get a week or mishaps. That is just terrible for akward 16 year old gay boy.
Well written funny story. The characters are well created. the narrator is very good.
Life is not simple and beeing a 16 year old gay makes everything complicated and sometimes funny.
All is going that ends well.

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  • Dennis
  • 14-10-19

Sweet 16 and Ranging Hormones

First I hope I was not like this kid when I was 16 it a story of a kid who in love with the Jock of the school and does whatever it takes to get near him but in the end he finds that he made a mistake. You get to into the kids mind live his fantasies, desires, his will imagination and finally his hurt and pain.
It well written and narrator did a great job bringing each and ever character alive. The only draw back was the way the kid had a fixation on his birthday all ways being bad luck.
I enjoyed the audible but there was area in that grated my nerves and I was not sure I could get thru the entire audiobook but I did was greatly surprised at the end that I want tell you.