Book 1 - Sam Dorsey and His Sixteen Candles
Sam never liked his birthdays because not a single one of them was happy. When he turned one, he fell face-down into his birthday cake. When he turned five, he broke his left arm When he turned seven, 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 going to happen. Or is it?
Book 2 - Sam Dorsey and His Dirty Dancing
Sam is turning 17 this year and he is being pushed towards adulthood too fast. He has a whole bunch of grown-up problems on his hands now. Like how to make a distant relationship with your boyfriend work? Or how to stop yourself from cheating on your boyfriend with a hot friend who wants to be more than friends? Or how to detach yourself from your parents and follow your dreams independently? But all that is just too much for a 17-year-old to handle. So Sam finds himself gravitating towards Eric, a little daredevil who introduces him to fun things, like stealing, lying, drinking, smoking, and having sex.
But we know that things like that can lead you into trouble. Sam doesn't know about that though, and he is headed towards a disaster. Somebody is just going to have to show him the right way.
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Awwwwwwww. Great for a light summer smile.
I think the narrator - and I also just thought the entire thing was just kind of light and sweet. It's kind of like getting to have a gay teen get to be the lead in Clueless or Legally Blonde or one of those fun 'popcorn' flicks that are just a fun, relaxing, guilty pleasure.
Sam - he's endearing but totally clueless. I think that almost every gay guy wishes they'd had something fun like this to read when they were a teen - and certainly wished they'd been in the marvelous Hollywood dream-tastic alternate reality of having two hot high school guys making his head spin. Molly Ringwald gets the gay spin - it's fun.
I think it's the end of the second book.... you totally kind of see what's going to end up happening - but when I read it I actually teared up a little bit. For everybody who's a romantic it just kind of makes you want so bad to have had that when you were Sam's age.
Sam needs to come out of his shell... But his birthdays are always a major blow out... and we don't mean the candles.
Endearing teen angst with cute pop culture mashup