Book Review : My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

August 6, 2013 Book review 0 ★★★★½

Sometimes you want a book that is light and fun and just different from everything else out there.  My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century was that book for me.

Book Review : My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel HarrisMy Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris
Series: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1
Published by Entangled Teen on 11 Sept 2012
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
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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?

My Recap:
Cat is on hols in Florence with her father and step-mother to be.  Strolling back from a sight seeing tour, she enters a fortune telling tent and finds herself transported back to sixteenth century Florence.  And so kicks off a romantic, fun escapade.

My Thoughts:
I saw a review for this review for this book by Sheri at Tangled Up In Books and thought it sounded fun.  I immediately downloaded, thumbed my nose at my tbr list and settled down for a few hours in an Italian adventure.  And it was a great choice.  It was imaginative and light hearted, perfect for a few hours escapism.

One of my first feelings was this book filled up all my senses.  I could hear the bustling sounds of Florence, see the sights, felt like I could smell the expresso’s and vespa fumes, feel the sunshine on my face and all but reach out and grab some biscotti.  And this was only in modern day Florence, the sixteenth century setting was even more impressive.  I felt immersed in the Italian Renaissance and it orbited my senses in to state of happiness.

I love art and I really love books that have an art theme.  As this book is set 1505, it draws in lots of art references but in a light hearted, fun way.  Nothing heavy, just glimpses of what a fascinating period of change and innovation this was.  Two favourites that we got close insights into was the sculpture of David by Michelangelo and the painting Madonna and Child with Apple and Pears by Bernard van Orley.

I loved that the book not only drew in famous paintings but also Cat explained exactly why this painting felt to personal and significant to her.


However this book is more than the setting (good as that was). It is also filled with fun, appealing characters.  Cat is a bit lost, afraid to feel and let people in but her journey to Florence allows her to reclaim her true sunny, friendly, giving personality.  Cat is also capable of messing up over and over and her blunders in language and etiquette really tickled my funny bone.  Her cousin Alessandra reminds me of a loyal, friendly puppy and I doubt she has a bad bone in her body.  And Lorenzo.  Lorenzo!  What can I say, Italian, artistic, handsome and cheeky.  I approve!

As the book is set in such a romantic period, the romance has to work.  It has to rock.  Thankfully it did.  It was tender, sweet and just nicely mushy!  Perfect for a YA book.

If I have to be critical for a moment, I would probably say that things in Florence wrapped themselves up very conveniently.  I’m not sure that one note would alter events.  I don’t want to overthink this book though, it’s fun and I loved it so that is enough for me!

Who should read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century?
All fans of YA romances, time travel, historical fiction and art lovers.  Or if you need a fun, light hearted book for some escapism reading.  Highly recommended.


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