My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

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By (author) Rachel Harris

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  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 203mm x 23mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 27 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Fort Collins
  • ISBN 10: 162061135X
  • ISBN 13: 9781620611357
  • Sales rank: 102,657

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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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As a teen, Rachel Harris threw raging parties that shook her parents' walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels. As an adult, she reads and writes obsessively, rehashes said embarrassing fodder, and dreams up characters who become her own grown up version of imaginary friends. When she's not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find her homeschooling her two beautiful princesses, hanging out with her amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath...next to a pile of chocolate.

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By TUABFC 24 Aug 2013 5

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"Caterina, a great adventure is in store for you."

About The Book:

Cat Crawford is the daughter of an actress with problems with fidelity and tends to be in all the gossip tabloids. Everyone expects her to be like her mother, expecting something crazy going on with her, but instead their find a boring version of her mother. So that's why she needs to be perfect all the time, trying to avoid being her mother.
However, her mother is not her only problem. Her soon-to-be-stepmother is. Her insistence in organizing her a big sweet sixteen party that will be on MTV is and the fact that she changed her father is even more frustrating.
But being in Florence as a gift from her father after her diabolical sweet sixteen party is calming Cat's nerves, so she has promised to embrace every bit of the Italian magic that the city offers. What wasn't expecting is that a part of that magic would make her wake up in the sixteenth century in her mother's ancestors house.
As Patiente D'Angeli, she meets sweet Alessandra, Less as she nicknames her, Less' protective brother, Cipriano and Cip's best friend and gorgeous italian artist, Lorenzo. Cat brings a spark that only a girl from the twenty first century could bring to this unusual group of friends and they end up learning a lot about her.
However Cat also learns a lot from her adventure. Like when Niccolo appears in the D'Angeli house asking to marry Patience, she cannot run away. She cannot choose to stay with the boy she loves or choose not to marry and that party that she was willing to scape in the twenty first century seems to have followed her to the sixteenth and with much worse consequences than being on the MTV.

""I do not know what a dude is, but the gentleman in question is Lorenzo, Cipriano's best friend." She glances back at the boys, now visible again. "He is an impressive artist, and he comes from one of the wealthiest families in all of Florence."

Review:

Right now, I need to recover from the sadness Rachel Harris put me in. I'm not saying I didn't like the book, I loved it, but my heart aches for Cat.
What Rachel Harris did was a wonderful job. She wrote a time travel story, describing perfectly the details of the life in the sixteenth century without leaving a twenty first century spark in it. It's the first time travel story that my heart is aching for.
At first, we see a glimpse of Cat's life in the twenty first century. Both her parents famous, her mother a little bit more for her scandalous life, she's trapped with playing the role of perfect daughter. She doesn't want to be like her mother and be in the tabloid with a new scandal every day, so she measures her movements to the millimeter, always searching for the paparazzi. And adding to her dramatic life, her father has a new girlfriend, soon-to-be-stepmother that has changed her father making Cat wonder If he's still her father.
Then, in her sixteenth century life, she lives and adventure as promised by the gypsy girl. She rocks the world of the sixteenth characters as well as they leave an unmistakable mark in her. It's nice to see how she tries to convince Less to pursue her dreams in her mind, without thinking she's the evil or she's sinning. She also makes her now serious cousin to smile and makes womanizer Lorenzo to fall for her like she is the air he needs to breathe to survive. But also she learns how to make friends and the value of having them and she learns that her life could be worse, that she could be actually in Patience's skin forever: live in the shadow of her husband and forced to marry a man that she doesn't love at the young age of sixteen.
As for the other characters that Cat meets in her journey, there's her cousin Alessandra, Less. She's sweet, noble and a good person. She's the kind of person I would like to have as family or as a friend. She has big dreams, not appropriate for the century she lives in, and Cat brings her the courage that she needs to achieve it, only if it means for one evening and surrounded by her friends. Although we do not have the pleasure to read from her point of view, at least not in this book, we get the feeling that she admires Cat, her bravery and her indomitable and strange attitude.
Cipriano is another type of character. It shows what the duty of the man of the house was in that century and that not always they got the jobs of their dreams. He's sad and serious for having to leave Florence to work elsewhere, and the presence of Cat brings the spark that he missed. We really like him. Specially when he laughs at Cat when Nicolo asks her if she sings. I was laughing a lot in that scene.
And we cannot forget lovely and womanizer Lorenzo. The attraction he and Cat felt for each other was instantaneous, but was not the desperate one. Although he's known to make all the girls fall in love with him and then dump them, changes the instant Cat tries not to fall for him. However, I personally think that he really starts to consider not being able to live without her the moment Cat tells him he's also an artist. That was like watching an insta-connection between the two of them.
With lots of fun in the story, like reading a conversation where the sixteenth century people try to talk words from the twenty first century or when Cat sings in front of an audience, and the mix of romance and adventure were the scenes that made this book so catchy.
It was a fascinating experience to be in Rachel Harris' sixteenth century story. With a dose of Renaissance culture, an artist stroke, true love and a little bit of gypsy magic, Rachel Harris wrote a wonderful, captivating and "not able to stop reading" story that would make you have no regrets by reading it.
This is why we are giving this magical story a five gorjuss dolls.

By Chelsea K. 25 Jul 2013 5

I loved this book! It has a really entertaining plot that grabbed my attention and kept me wondering what would happen next. The characters were also all a lot of fun, well developed, and interesting. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

By Jasmine Chau 13 Jan 2013 5

This was such a fun, cute and refreshing read! I initially picked up this book thinking it would be a fun trip to the past but when I finished, I realised it was so much more than that - it was a coming of age book about growing up and that there are sometimes more important things in life.

I really loved the way this was written. Imagery, extremely descriptive, it was verb and simile paradise!
There were so many types of imagery utilised:
Aural: "the clanging church bells...", "birds are singing and chirping happy music"
Olfactory: "the overwhelming stench of sewage overwhelms me", "the heady scent of incense tickles my nose and I sneeze"
Visual: "vibrant red poppies explode against the deep jade of the grass and the lush gold of the wheat fields" THEM COLOURS OMG
Tactile: "I feel soft fabric brush against my leg"
Gustatory: "he tastes like the wildflower-honey pastries inside, sweet and intoxicating"

"Warm water sloshes over the sides of the wooden tub as I scoop up a handful of gardenia-scented bubbles and blow gently, creating a iridescent, rainbow-infused cave". UNF GIVE ME A BUBBLE BATH NOW!
Like **** it was sensory overload and I loved it. As nobody really knows what Renaissance Florence feels like (or Renaissance anywhere really) these descriptions were crucial in placing the character in said time period.
The book is filled with amazing descriptions and I really felt I was in 1505 Italy. I think other than the meadow, I loved the way Michelangelo's David was detailed:
"Look at how his right leg is tense and supporting him while the left one is bent like a warrior's. His furrowed forehead perfectly shows he's facing incredible odds, yet his nostrils are flared and his eyes are fierce... Look at the veins in his hands and feet, the cords of his neck, the folds of skin on his upper thigh" WOAH I don't even know a block of marble can be described like that but after reading that I'm bowing down to Michelangelo (even more than before that is).

And the juxtapositions and antitheses! It really helped iterate the difference between Cat and Patience's worlds.
E.g.
"Dejected, I fling the phone and watch it crash into the painted chest... Hanging over the chest is my wrinkled ball gown from last night."

*Spoilers ahoy*
The story itself was cute, interlaced with heartbreak, humour and lessons-to-be-learnt. I really liked what the main character, Cat, learnt on her trip back in time. What she thought was her redeeming qualities because of the way her mother acts (Cat stays out of the spotlight so she doesn't make mistakes that land her on the front pages of tabloids like her fickle mother), are actually what's holding her back from who she really is. Lesson learnt: it's ok to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.
Cat finally gives her heart to someone - and what I REALLY like about this is that because she's 16, Harris doesn't explicitly say she falls in love at first sight and all that crap, but rather that he ignites feelings in her she hasn't felt before. Then Cat PROGRESSIVELY starts falling harder for him, longing for his presence more and they admit they CARE for each other. And the love that blossoms from that ERMAGHERD BE STILL MY HEART "You want to be with me; I know that you do". Cue my wrenching heart and burning eyes. The romance is entirely believable so that was a winner for me. Lesson learnt: it's ok to let your guard down and let your heart guide you - but sometimes love is not enough, there are things you have to sacrifice. And in the case of Lorenzo? That love might just set you free.
The presence of her bubbly aunt Francesca and beautiful cousin Alessandra remind Cat of her future-stepmother and it's here that she finally sets her prejudices of her stepmother aside and realise Jenna isn't all that bad. The comparison of her Renaissance ancestors and their parallels to her stepmother allow her to see the good in Jenna!
I loved all the characters in here. I especially LOVED Lorenzo. His gentlemanly behaviour was expected of someone of that period but there was that extra spark and other side to him that made me (ahem I mean Cat) fall in love with him. The passion between Cat and Lorenzo was definitely there and god so many teary eyed moments!
Alessandra was a breath of fresh air with her innocence but fiery passion to be an actress. I think her presence helped Cat understand the importance of having a friend there when times are hard. Lesson learnt: don't try to tackle everything on your own, friends are there so you can tell them your problems and it sucks to lie to them.
Even characters like Antonia had something important to say. Basically, all the characters had a purpose and they weren't there just for the sake of it.
I also liked how there was no guarantee of a happily ever after. I mean yeah Lucas shows up but Cat doesn't immediately replace Lorenzo and that's what I loved - the uncertainty!

Was there anything I didn't like about this? I think the sheer amount of slang and colloquialisms that even I didn't understand. It got a bit too much for me at times... but I'm going to assume that's how 16 year olds talk nowadays and I fear for that generation. I also wondered how a lot of said slang would be phrased in Italian (typed some stuff into Google translate and that's some weird **** but whatever I'm not Italian so I can't say).

Overall, beautiful imagery, characters with personality and relevance, lessons learnt all in the middle of one of the world's most renowned cultural movements. And that uncertain happily ever after? As my friends say, "**** got real". Yup this did it for me.

This review can also be found: http://pixelski.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/review-my-super-sweet-sixteenth-century.html

By Myra White 11 Jan 2013 5

I loved My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century! The characters, the setting, the story.. it was just wow.

Within the first few lines I loved Cat. I thought she was funny, smart and had just the right amount of snark thrown in. I loved her attitude at the beginning but watching the subtle changes and her growth throughout the book made me love her even more. There were plenty of amazing, witty, hilarious comments thrown in this book. Most of them from Cat of course, which was another reason I just loved her!

I really liked all the characters in this book, even the not-so-nice ones. They were all well thought out and even those characters I only met briefly were brilliantly written, I got a good feel of who they were, even from a few short lines. I loved everyone, Cat was hilarious fun and I was totally swooning over Lorenzo, but I had a real soft spot for Alessandra. She was soft and demure but I thought she had *****! Plus her name is absolutely gorgeous and she's a real sweetheart.

I thought this book was amazing. The cover was gorgeous and Rachel Harris weaved a mystical tale full of mystery and wonder; it also taught me some really cool things about Italy and it's art. My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century took me on a magical journey through renaissance Italy, told a brilliant tale of love and left me begging for more.

By xCynyx 07 Jan 2013 5

Cat, a soon to be 16 year-old girl, travels to Italy with her dad and stepmom but on her first day meets a gypsy named Reyna who sends her to the 16th Century in her journey to find herself
and learn a mystery lesson.

"Reyna: Be sure to keep your mind open to the lessons ahead."

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century It's a lovely story full of humor, a bit of mystery and sexy accents. Did we mention 16th century clothes? You have to admit, those are fun!


Cat is the daughter of a hollywood director and an actress but all she wants is the cameras to stay away, something hard to do when your stepmom wants to throw you the biggest sweet sixteen EVER.
Cat has lots of issues, she can't trust anyone to get close to her for her and not her parents, she feels like she's losing her dad to a new woman and is sick of feeling she's always supposed to please everyone, but the 16th century is not as fun as it seems, and more than once Cat finds herself in problems with the vocabulary...

"Cat: Who's that dude, Less?
Two verbal gaffes in one sentence-so much for my nailing the old-world gig."

What I really liked about her was how easy to relate she was, how normal she felt. Cat has insecurities like everyone else, but at the same time there's a little person trying to be free and find her place in the world, someone who wants to follow her dreams and step outside of her parents shadow and talent. Inside that shell she created to not get hurt or used there's a girl who wants to know what it feels like to have a real friend, someone you can trust and someone who will be there for you no matter what. And maybe, she's also looking for real love.

Lorenzo, in a way, is very similar to Cat.
He's an artist in a world and a family that doesn't get him. He's cocky, and sexy and he knows that as much as he knows the effect he has on girls. He's a heartbreaker. And he wants Cat.
I love how romantic he is, maybe is the whole I'm-from-another-century vibe but he has a lot going on, the perfect good boy you want to take and keep hidden from the rest of the girls.

I also enjoyed the fact that there wasn't another love interest for her though the secondary characters are a great combination and add a lot for the Story. Her 16th century family is adorable, her aunt and cousin had me laughing through the book with her happy actitudes about everything.

I particularly liked The Ending, it has an original twist to this sort of stories that I wasn't expecting.

Rachel has done an AWESOME job in her debut novel bringing us characters that you'll remember. The writing is lovely and traps you right from the start.
And the best news is there will be more!
The sequel is called "Rearview Mirror" and is set to come out in december of 2013 following Less' (Cat's causin) adventures.

Review quote

From the Book I bunch the soft fabric of the dress in my hand and then reach up to feel the ribbon in my hair. I lightly skim my hand over my chin and feel my lack of zit. I take in the costumes of the crowd, the stench of the animals, and the Italian I can now speak and understand. And suddenly it hits me. Reyna pulled some gypsy mojo. This must be one of those nifty twenty-four hour, 'change your life' magic scenarios like in the movies. That explanation is infinitely better than assuming I've lost my mind. My frantic tension melts away and a smile stretches across my face. The growing crowd seems to notice my change in demeanor and begin shooting each other amused looks, but I no longer care. I was wrong earlier; Reyna is a psychic mind reader, because this is my exact daydream from earlier in the courtyard come to life. The long red gown, the braided hair, the Italian merchant daughter, the time period. I am in Renaissance Florence! Cane man clears his throat and points toward the carriage again. I glance at my surroundings with new eyes and suddenly remember Reyna's words. It's as if they float in the air around me. "Caterina, a great adventure is in store for you." There's no way I'm letting this adventure pass me by without reveling in it. Gypsy's orders. I mean, part of me wishes Dad could come along-he'd probably come back with killer ideas for a new historical or something-but an extra day without Jenna? Twenty-four whole hours of not feeling like I'm the third wheel in my own family? Sign me up for that kind of gypsy voodoo. "This must be one of those nifty twenty-four hour, 'change your life' magic scenarios like in the movies. That explanation is infinitely better than assuming I've lost my mind. My frantic tension melts away and a smile stretches across my face." - from the book

Back cover copy

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?