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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 (80 ratings)
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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
  • Salt Lake City UT
  • 10-14-19

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.

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It was cute

It was a cute book loved it a lot happy he got what he wanted.

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Tooooooo cute!

I listened to this title via Audible's Romance Package and reviewed it for Wicked Reads.

Tooooooo cute! In preparation for audiobook month, I was perusing the young adult titles in the Romance Package for a final title to round out our blog’s Saturday posts. I was actually looking for a standalone title, preferably M/M, when I stumbled on Turning 16. As someone who grew up on John Hughes’ movies, I was all over the Sixteen Candles reference that occurs in the audio sample; that it was narrated by Michael Pauley was a bonus. So when I sat down to write my review, you can imagine my surprise to learn that this is not only the first book in the series, but that it’s also undergone some changes since originally released and is now titled Sam Dorsey and His Sixteen Candles, which is an even better name. With that said, it doesn’t appear as though the overall story itself has changed, just some rebranding with a new title and cover, and as nice as the new look is, I’m not sure that it calls to the child of the 80s in me as much as the former cover does with its nod to the iconic scene in the movie, when Jake is leaning against his car. But as I’m not the target audience, the new covers are probably better suited for today’s teens who aren’t reminiscing for the 80s. Sorry for the word vomit but trying to suss out what book was what on Goodreads made this a bit of nightmare.

As for actual story, Turning 16 spans about a week, beginning the day of Sam’s 16th birthday in 1985. While most teens look forward to their sweet sixteen because it’s a milestone birthday, birthdays tend to bring nothing but bad luck for Sam, and this year it seems that Sam’s misery is going to be dragged about a bit as his birthday party must be postponed due to extended family issues. As we navigate the hazards that arise on Sam Dorsey’s birthday, it’s easy to see why he feels as though his birthdays are cursed. And yet… it appears that the universe might have a little bit of good in store for Sam when his crush begins to show some interest in him. Add to that, there’s also a budding new friendship with Mitch. And not only is Sam beginning to fantasize about him, but Mitch is rather persistent in them spending time together and in keeping Jake away from Sam. But as Sam thinks Jake and Mitch are both straight (maybe a little bi on Jake’s part), this sudden interest from two fronts makes it hard for him to figure out if he wants the guy he’s been crushing on for years, or does he want the guy who seems to be genuinely interested in him? And Sam’s biggest dilemma… When did everyone figure out he was gay when he worked so hard to keep it a secret!?!?!

As for the narration, I really enjoyed Michael Pauley’s performance in this one. I will admit that there was a couple of times when I got confused as to who was speaking because the level of vocal distinction I’m used to from Pauley’s performance wasn’t present in this audiobook, but this appears to be one of his early works. I was impressed by Pauley’s crooning… I so did not see that coming and I may have fangirled a little bit during those scenes – OHMIGOD!!! I also have to commend Pauley being spot-on with the teenage angst. Honestly, it’s hard to believe that this is same guy whose voice is so full of tension that it pulls me to the edge of my seat during romantic suspense and thrillers. But Pauley did an excellent job of making Turning 16 a delightful treat to listen to, complete with all of Sam’s awkwardness that I think Perie Wolford & Michelle Doering intended.

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  • Scotty
  • 10-24-19

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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  • Helen
  • 08-19-19

great book

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