Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review: XVI

Title: XVI
XVI #1
Author: Julia Karr
Pages: 325
Release Date: January 6, 2011

Goodreads Description:

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.

My Thoughts:

I had XVI on my tbr pile for like literally forever. When it first came out I was like, “Wow! That sounds interesting! I need to read this!” Then I’m not sure what happened exactly. I guess my tbr pile just got bogged down like it sometimes does and I never read it. However, when given the opportunity to host Julia Karr as part of the Authors are Rockstars Tour I decided that I had put it off long enough. So I read XVI and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Karr takes the world we live in, progresses the media’s exploitation of young woman only slightly and creates a dark and disturbing world that is not far off from the world we live in. Scary, I know!

It seems to me that reality television really is going completely overboard these days with exploiting young women. In the guest post Julia does on my blog she gives the example of Toddlers and Tiaras and I have to agree with her 100%. What parent would let their child dress and act like that? Personally, I don’t understand why little girls from toddlerhood are being put in beauty pageants at all. A child that age has NO business putting on more make up than I wear and wearing clothes I wouldn’t wear. I just don’t get it.

Back to the book though, I thought the storyline was interesting and suspenseful. I was constantly trying to figure out who was telling the truth, who knew more than they were saying and how the pieces all fit together.

All of the characters in XVI were interesting, even the ones that I didn’t like (cough, Ed, cough). For the most part, I really liked Nina. She was a strong character. My only issue with her was that she wasn’t always confident in her beliefs. She knew she didn’t want to be a sex-teen but when Sal brings up being against the government she hesitates. Of course, she comes around I just wish she would have been sure from the beginning. Also, it got on my nerves how she thought that falling in love with Sal equaled becoming a sex-teen. Actually, it’s kind of sad that the media has drilled into her that she can’t have sexual feelings toward someone without being a sex-teen. She doesn’t get that there is a huge difference between falling in love with someone and being sexually attracted to them and wanting to have sex with the entire world.

While I liked Nina, my favorite character was Wei. I loved how she didn’t care about Nina and her friend’s class and that she knew how to defend herself. Sal was an interesting love interest for Nina. It was obvious to me that he cared about Nina even when it wasn’t always obvious to her. The only character that got on my nerves was Sandy. She just didn’t get it no matter what Nina and the others told her. Still, I felt bad for her.

The only thing about XVI that I wasn’t crazy about was the slang and abbreviations used. I get that authors do this to show the future’s progression. I mean if someone from the 1800’s heard the way we talked they would totally be like, WTF? Okay, obviously they wouldn’t be like that but you get the point, right? Still, I didn’t care for it.

In the end, the good definitely outweighed the bad! I can’t wait to read the second book in the series, Truth. I will definitely be making room for it in my reading pile soon! I know there is still a lot left to learn in the world Karr has created. I can’t wait to see all of the mysteries unfold and watch how Nina & Co. literally change the world.


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