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My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by [Harris, Rachel]
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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?

The "Super Sweet" Series:
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century ( Book #1: Cat Crawford travels to 16th century)
A Tale of Two Centuries (Book #2: Less travels to modern day Beverly Hills)
My Not So Super Sweet Life *extended novella* (Book #3: Cat & Lucas) 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1248 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (11 September 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R6C8D2C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #421,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris is Book 1 in the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Series.
It is a Young Adult, time-travel contemporary romance and I loved it.
It was such an imaginative idea of Rachel’s to mesh the 16thCentury Renaissance period with the 21st Century American. The characters are all so lively and their personalities are so real. It definitely highlighted the fact that we can sometimes take out modern language for granted when poor Cat is thrown right into the thick of the Renaissance Language and Customs.
The story was well written and it felt authentic. It had me laughing, in tears and shaking my head in frustration throughout, all signs that I am reading an amazing book.
As this is book 1 in a series, there is more of cliff-hanger at the end then a HEA, so please be warned, but I for one cannot wait to continue this series and get stuck into book 2.
I voluntarily reviewed this Advanced Reader Copy provided to me by PNR Book Lover Reviews, via Netgalley and I have not been compensated in any way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, lighthearted read with great characters and description 26 September 2012
By Christina (Ensconced in Lit) - Published on
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I have been basically reading depressing, dystopian YA novels for the past month, and needed a lighthearted read to shake things up. This book had been getting good reviews so I decided to give it a try.

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris is a cute read that focuses on Cat, a cynical but somewhat spoiled 16 year old, who doesn't want her father to marry his current girlfriend, although all signs point to her being pretty nice. Sounds like your typical teen novel. Then enters a twist. Cat and her family go to Florence, where she meets a magical gypsy (aren't they all?) who whisks her off to the 16th century to "learn some lessons." OK, I'm making this a little more basic than the plot really is-- but essentially, we are swept away like Cat, and watch this modern teen try to make it in the 16th century. Gorgeous gowns, hot guys, and intrigue all abound in this book.

There's a lot to like about this book. Cat, although spoiled, is a fun protagonist. That's a tough balance to make but Harris pulls it off. I loved all the descriptions of both the modern world and the old world. The art references, etc, are great as well, and I learned a thing or two! I liked that Cat also was able to fumble and fall but get up again (HEART the singing debacle!), as she wasn't perfect the first (or maybe second) time around. And she definitely had some room to grow and develop over the course of the novel. Alessandra was a wonderful side character, and I enjoyed learning about Cat's family, overall.

My biggest beef with this book, which is not as much a criticism of the book but more of an opinion about it, is how clueless Cat is, almost to the point of me exclaiming, "How did you not see that coming?" But then, I thought about this for a while and pictured my younger 16 year old self in this position. While certain aspects of the plot were crystal clear in my now adult head, I could see how this may not even appear on her radar, especially coming from the modern world back to an older one.

Overall, a fun, light read (just what I needed) with some great characters and terrific description, with room for a sequel or two! Here's to hoping!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my, what a delight! 19 September 2012
By Jenna Detrapani - Published on
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MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY by Rachel Harris couldn't have come across my reading pile at a better time. After reading a tragically intense dystopian fantasy, MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY was the whimsical title that my poor, shattered heart sorely needed. And, oh my, was it a delight!

Cat Crawford is the daughter of a very well-known film director, but all she wants is to just stay under the radar. Unfortunately, her stepmother (who, may I add, shares the same name as me) has plans to make her impending sweet sixteen a "most extravagant occasion", to say the least. Cat wishes she could just avoid the event altogether. In an ironic turn of events, that wish for avoidance appears to come true when Cat is whisked away by a mysterious gypsy to 16th century Firenze.

SCORE!!! Right? Well, maybe not for Cat...

Although Cat is a little rich girl who seems to never have had to want for anything (well, except for a normal, loving mother) she quickly won her way into my heart with her art appreciation and snarky attitude and style. Bonus points: She is also a character who sounds like a teen. Not so much because of the slang (which was used only sparingly to make her stick out even more in the past) but more so because of how she appears to embody that somewhat limited mindset that most teens still retain at her age. Cat is a very good and caring soul at heart, she just needs a bit of encouragement to nudge her in the right direction.

Lorenzo is a swoon-worthy Italian-stallion. While reading about him, I had to force myself to imagine my husband's face under a tuft of blonde hair so I wouldn't feel too guilty. I ADORED the fact that Lorenzo was super sweet and slightly awkward inside that hot bod. And his patience and acceptance of Cat's unusual 21st century mannerisms sealed the deal. He's perfect.

Another memorable character who becomes Cat's good friend and confidant in the 16th century is the timidly adorable (although quite average for her time) Alessandra. She plays a fairly important roll in this book, and I can't wait to see where her own story will continue to take her...

I appreciated the way that Rachel explained many of the mind-twisting items involved in time-travel situations. For example, the ways she explained the fact that Cat could understand the language after she moves through time. Or the correlation between the pear, Cat and well... to say more would be to spoil. But pears are veeery important, y'all. Such explanations go a long way in resolving what could have potentially been major plot holes. On the other hand, I would have LOVED to have seen more shock and confusion in the reactions of the other characters every time that Cat committed a 16th century "no-no". For the most part, the reactions were too far subdued, and lacking real confusion. Acceptance was the result more often than not. The explanation for Cat's presence in the 16th century, as well as her overall "uncouthness", was based on her being "a foreigner". While that is certainly an acceptable excuse, I still hoped for more awkward confusion. Don't get me wrong, though! The reactions to Cat's fish-out-of-water personality were still plenty funny, even if easily accepted.

I would recommend MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY as the perfect beach read for these last days of summer to any fan of historical, time traveling, comical, romantic novels... aw heck, if you enjoy a good read that is guaranteed to make you smile, then this book is for you. It is delightful, simply delightful.

Thank goodness we can look forward to even more time-traveling mayhem with the follow up, A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES. Beam me up, Scotty, I'm ready to (time) travel once more! (But if I ever have to read about a 16th century "bathroom" again... Uh... Just warn me in advance next time.) ;)
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story filled with time travel, love and self-discovery 23 April 2015
By Meredith @ Pandora's Books - Published on
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I’ve had My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (MSSSC) sitting on my TBR since August 2013 when I was lucky enough to score an eARC of A Tale of Two Centuries (ATOTC), the sequel. I had heard that ATOTC was more of a companion and could be read on its own, so I read ATOTC and then planned on reading MSSSC soon after – Well, it’s not exactly “soon after,” but I DID finally read it and man, oh man – Rachel Harris has done it again! A gorgeous story, amazing characters and a swoon-worthy guy, all set within the breathtaking back-drop of sixteenth century Renaissance Italy.

I loved Cat almost from the beginning. At first, I even thought I liked her more than Alessandra (from ATOTC). In the end, I still like Alessandra more (sorry, Cat!) but Cat was an amazing character. She was strong-willed and defiant, the exact opposite of what a sixteenth century girl should be. But when she’s thrown into the past, she has no choice but to do what she can to fit in and not draw attention to herself. Along the way, she has some lessons to learn.

I loved, loved, loved seeing Alessandra in her own time-period, considering that in ATOTC, we *Spoiler alert* almost exclusively see her in the twenty-first century. She was the same kind-hearted, generous person, if even more modest and demure in MSSSC than she was in ATOTC (since she has yet to come out of her shell). She embraces Cat from the start and even believes and trusts her later on, when Cat confides her in.

Lorenzo!! We met at last, Lorenzo. I can see what everyone was swooning over now! And wow… Let me just say, wow! Rachel Harris sure knows how to write swoon-worthy hotties! Lorenzo, Lucas, Austin, Jason and Cane = all swoon-worthy! However…. Don’t hate me Lorenzo fangirls, but I think I like Lucas better! *Hides from the egg-throwers and mob with pitchforks* HEAR ME OUT! Because I read ATOTC first, I met Lucas first. I fell head over heels for him and I saw how things ended for him and Cat. So though I LOVED Lorenzo, I do like Lucas more and I like Lucas and Cat together more! I just do! *Nods firmly*

I knew who Lucia was almost immediately. I loved, loved Aunt Francesca – she was so kind and loving, something Cat definitely needed. I adored Cirpriano – he was the over-protective big brother where both Alessandra and Cat were concerned.

Now, I think I’ve mentioned this before. But I want to say that Rachel Harris renewed my faith in time-travel stories. Before I read ATOTC (and now MSSSC), I read a HORRIBLE book with time travel. It was pre-blogging, but if I were to rate it as a blogger now, it would probably have been 2 stars, if not lower. After that book, I swore off reading time-travel books because I was just too scared to. Well.. Clearly Rachel Harris fixed that problem! She does such an incredible job, I can’t help but love everything she writes. Her characters are amazing and lovable and her plots are intriguing. I also wasn’t a fan of romance until I started reading her books. So, yeah, that all says a lot!

Overall, once again, Rachel Harris wrote a gorgeous, fun, amazing tale of time travel, love and self-discovery. She is one of my favorite authors – one of my auto-read authors. I highly recommend her books. If you haven’t read them, definitely check them out ASAP! You won’t be disappointed, I promise!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cute Read 16 September 2013
By Kaitlin @ A Mismatched Reader - Published on
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I had been meaning to read this for a long time, but it wasn't until early August that I got to it. I finally decided to pick it up because of all the talk of the sequel all over the internet--well, it was mainly Twitter, but it felt like ATOTC and Austin was popping up everywhere. That left me feeling a bit left out--I hadn't even read the first book--so I decided to put all other books aside to read this one and decide whether or not I liked Rachel Harris's writing enough to try out the sequel (I like to read things in order, even if I don't necessarily need to). What is my final decision? I'm totally going to be reading the next book soon.

I've never read a book quite like My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. First of all, I don't read many lighter YA romance books (you may call it "chick-lit")--at least, not lately. Secondly, I haven't read many time travel books. Lastly, I've definitely never read a book with those two elements combined. They were blended so well too, as was the modern world and the sixteenth century.

I found this book to be incredibly fun and so right for the summer. It was a like a sweet romantic comedy movie that I can't help but get swept away in. (I kept thinking how cool it would be if this book were to ever be adapted into a movie.) It was fresh and fun, and very well done.

I'm going to leave my review at that--short and sweet like the book was. I will add, though, that if you're looking for something cute, clean, well-written, funny, and one-of-a-kind, I suggest you grab the book and join Cat on her journey into the sixteenth century.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A light easy read 7 February 2014
By T. Jansen - Published on
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Being under a lot of pressure at work and illnesses at home, I was looking for a very light fairy tale book. Being over 50, I didn't want a young or teenage child's type book that makes no sense. I enjoyed all the Harry Potter books and was looking for something more along those lines. I took a chance and downloaded this book and its sequel, A Tale of Two Centuries. I am three quarters of the way through this book and although it's not exactly what I was looking for, it is close enough to fulfill my needs.

I only let myself read while at the gym or I'm sure I'd have finished this book in an evening. A young gal born into a family from Hollywood and all its drama is transported back to the Rennaisance in Italy. A painter by nature, she welcomes the freedom and arts the transport allows her. She meets a boy and all the drama that entails will satisfy people who seem to need the romance in a book but she also meets Michelangelo and sees the David and relates those experiences too. It's a witty book that has given me many needed smiles. I am enjoying it enough that I will look forward to continuing on into the next book. EDIT: I am now almost finished with the sequel to this book, Tale of Two Centuries and have to say that I would not recommend that book. I've had a hard time getting through it so it's just a matter of finishing it so that I can move on to something else. For those who are reading for the light, unrealistic, childlike romance there's plenty to enjoy but unlike the first book, there's nothing solid in this read. So as much as I enjoyed the first book, the second book was a big letdown.