Book Review: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris
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?
As romance and escapism My Sweet Sixteenth Century delights (4 out of 5 stars), as historical fiction there are flaws (3 out of 5). This will, however, be a popular read and you won’t have to worry about it sitting on your shelves. 3.5 out of 5 stars total and recommended for romance readers. My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris is published by Entangled Publishing in 2012 (ISBN: 978-1-62061-135-7)
Check out more about upcoming historical fiction from guest blogger Jennifer McGowan here.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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