It’s Monday! What are you ReAdiNG? #3 | Teasers for my current read, Sweet Sixteen by Brenda Rothert

Hey guys!

It’s a brand-new week and there’s no better way than to start your day with a good book and a cup of coffee, yeah?

I should’ve posted this one earlier today since it’s almost Tuesday here now but guess what? It was the very first day of my job and even though it was a whole lot of fun, I was completely drained by the end of the day. Thus, this is the only time I get to sit in front of my favorite desk, putting some words for my blog post while listening to the soothing melody from my super antique radio.

Anyways, I can’t wait to share with you my current read and I’m wondering what yours is! 😀

So I’m reading… *drum rolls*

SweetSixteenThey say roses are the most beautiful…

Gin Fielding is counting the days until she escapes the small-town life of Roper, Missouri for college at NYU. She prefers to blend in, though she’s far from invisible. But when she protects a younger student from a bully, the spotlight turns on her in ways she never imagined.

I say that every rose has its thorn…

The Friday night lights shine bright on Chase Matthews. Roper’s golden boy, Chase can do no wrong, enjoying the small-town celebrity being the star quarterback brings. When Gin defends his little sister against a bully, he decides to lend her his star power and change her senior year in ways she never imagined.

But maybe the thorns are part of their beauty.

When Gin declines Chase’s invitation to be part of the elite Sweet Sixteen, the repercussions turn both their lives upside down. But amidst the chaos, Gin and Chase find solace in one another. Together, they confront the ugly truth– that sometimes glory has a dark side.

***Warning–Sweet Sixteen is an upper YA book with mature themes and is intended for readers 18+.


I’m only halfway through the book but I’m already loving the plot and characters so friggin’ much! No lies, I did not expect the concept behind “Sweet Sixteen,” since it wasn’t the familiar idea of what it seems on the surface at all. I was blown away by the depth and profound meaning of it. What’s more, this seemingly ordinary novel actually tackles many real-life problems such as racism, sexism, high-school-bullying, drug abuse and such, which definitely add much more intricate plot designs to this upper YA story.

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Besides, the hopefully-soon-to-be couple is really lovely, despite the fact that the female protagonist shows no interest in pretty much everything except Chase the football star.

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And perhaps, he’s feeling something MORE than just-friends or just-not-friends. Whichever they end up with, I’m pretty sure I’ll love it because how can I not?!

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FYI, Sweet Sixteen is my first Brenda Rothert book and I’m really interested in reading all of her books!!! I absolutely love the writing style (so far) and have my expectation set high at the moment. 🙂 What about you? Have you heard of Brenda? If not, let’s know more about her:

Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.


Oh, by the way, Sweet Sixteen will come out tomorrow, July 24th!

Alright, that’s all for today’s post! Please feel free to let me know what you’re reading recently in the comment below! Are you having a good time reading the book? Will you recommend it?

Before I go, stay tuned for an exciting cover reveal for Ellie Marnie’s upcoming trilogy, Circus Hearts! You don’t want to miss such a magnificent piece of art! 😉

See you soon,

Jasmine 🙂


8 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you ReAdiNG? #3 | Teasers for my current read, Sweet Sixteen by Brenda Rothert

    • What elements in typical YA books do you find you don’t relate to these days? What does upper YA mean to you? 🤔 I ask because I’m genuinely curious! I did come across a shelf on Goodreads that apparently has 265 upper YA titles. Now I’m going to have to add quite a lot of them to my TBR pile! 😆

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    • Nice! Honestly, Sweet Sixteen is the first upper YA I’ve read so far but I think this category is pretty close to NA so I’ll find other similar books from either the same author or recommendations on Goodreads (the ones on the right of the book page that says “readers also enjoyed”). P.S. I can totally relate! Haha, it’s hard to resonate with YA stories as I grow older as well. LOL Anyway, I hope it helps! 😀

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