Wendy reviews Sam Dorsey and His 16 Candles by Perie Wolford Published February 19, 2014 164 pages
Perie Wolford is a new to me author and I was happy to give it a try. I’m glad I did.
This story was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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?
This story is about Sam, a young man in high school and on the verge of turning sixteen. Sam reminded me of a male version of myself at that age. I remember being somewhat awkward and always daydreaming.
He finds more trouble than I ever did though, but this book did a great job of reminding me of how even small things that go wrong in a teenager’s life seem like the end of the world and no one can understand how you feel about it. The author absolutely nails the teen angst.
Sam also has some trouble with being gay in high school. He has one friend that he keeps a huge secret from which leads to one lie on top of another until he’s in a mess of astronomical proportions.
The same secret stirs up trouble for his new boyfriend and his old one.
Without giving away any more I can tell you that there is a HEA for more than just Sam.
The secondary characters in this story were great and I grew to like them and root for even the ones that didn’t start out very nice. The author did a wonderful job of letting the reader find out that every character has their own story and not to jump to conclusions.
There were light bedroom scenes, which is how it should be in a YA story. Just enough to keep it real, they are teens with raging teen hormones after all.
The author made reference in the beginning of the book to 16 Candles, the movie. I’ve never seen that movie, but I understand that it has some significance to the book.
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Perie Wolford is an optioned and produced screenwriter and published author.
His first feature-film movie Dark Harvest The Movie was shot in California by Emerging Artist Productions in 2011 and is now in post-production. Perie became a published author in 2014, with his debut novel PRESENCE. Following Presence was book 1 in SAM DORSEY series, which instantly sold over 5,000 copies. In 2015 Perie returned to science fiction with ENCOUNTER, a tribute to CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE 3RD KIND. His next sci-fi book LIGHTS was a tribute to Stephen King’s TOMMYKNOCKERS and 1989’s ABYSS movie. The latest is illustrated gay series about Jimmy the time-traveler, available Nov 16, 2015.