Review: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

Title:  My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
Author:  Rachel Harris
Series:  My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Publication Date:  September 18, 2012
Pages:  260
Format/Source:  Paperback/Purchased
Age Group/Genre:  Young Adult/Science Fiction, Historical Fiction

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? (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

A Light, Fun Read…

I met Rachel Harris at the 2012 Austin Teen Book Festival, and I had been following her on Twitter before that, and then I saw her again at YABFest in 2013, and I finally bought a copy of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century there. But for some reason I didn’t read it until this year.  But I’m so glad I finally got to it, because it was exactly the fun read I was needing!

I was laughing out loud right from the fourth sentence in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, and I continued laughing out loud throughout a lot of the book.  I love Cat’s humor, and Rachel’s writing.  And I loved the plot of the book, with Cat going back in time to Renaissance Florence!  Rome is my favorite city in the world, but I’ve also been to Florence and loved it, too.  So it was awesome to be able to picture the city in my mind while reading this book.

The only complaints I have about the book were minor:  I could see some of the twists coming, and I felt like Cat should have seen some of the things coming as well.  But I enjoyed most of the book, and loved the ending, and I’m definitely going to have to read the sequels!

Great Quotes…

I wrote down quite a few quotes that I loved while reading My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, but here are just a few of my favorites:

“When my dad’s bubbly fiancee gets this excited, I swear sometimes only dogs can hear her.”
“Every sense I have goes on red alert as I try to remember any of the moves from the self-defense class Dad made me take.  I can see the headline now:  DAUGHTER OF HOLLYWOOD MURDERED BY NUTCASE GYPSY.”
“‘An urgent matter?’ I ask, shooting to my feet.  I wonder if people use that word as casually in the past as they do in the future.  At certain times of the month, I’ve considered chocolate consumption an urgent matter.”
My rating for My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris:
4 stars.  It was a quick, fun read with lots of humor!  I can’t wait to read the other books in the series!
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Entangled Publishing
You may also enjoy:  Time Between UsA Breath of Eyre
Disclaimer:  I purchased this book myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.


  1. Brandi Kosiner

    May 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Cat's humor sounds like something I would enjoy. I have heard a lot about this one and need to make time for it.

  2. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    May 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    This sounds like the perfect readathon read- light and funny! The ONLY way I'd travel to the past is with some modern conviences (and some gold and silver jewelry to melt down, because how rich would I be in the past if I had the money I have today?!)

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