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Sweet 16

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by Kate Brian

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Teagan Phillips's sweet sixteen is the event of the season. Other parties have been chill, sure, but no one at Rosewood Prep throws a bash as extravagant, exclusive, or over-the-top expensive as Teagan. No one is as






Teagan Phillips's sweet sixteen is the event of the season. Other parties have been chill, sure, but no one at Rosewood Prep throws a bash as extravagant, exclusive, or over-the-top expensive as Teagan. No one is as obnoxious, either. But that doesn't stop everyone from wanting to see and be seen at her birthday.

Luckily, Teagan's in for a rude (and rather ungraceful) awakening. On the big night she falls stilettos-over-tiara into the country club wine cellar and blacks out. When she comes to, there is a strange woman standing at the foot of the stairs.

No, Teagan, this mystery woman is not one of "the help." She is here to take you on a ride, to bring you back through time and show you some very unpretty realities. And if you're lucky, she just might put the sweet back in sixteen....

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Teagan Phillips is a spoiled rich girl who wants everything her way and her way only. She makes fun of others who are not like her. Her attitude toward her own father is deplorable. In simple terms, she is not a nice person and has few friends, except those she can buy. As her sixteenth birthday is approaching, she has planned the biggest bash anyone will ever see. Everything has to be perfect, including her extremely expensive dress. When the party is in full swing, Teagan gets upset at her dad because he cancelled her order for alcohol at the party. Claiming he has ruined her party, she wanders off at the country club hoping to find some spirits to liven up the party. What she finds instead, however, is a shocking surprise—another kind of spirit. She meets someone who gives her a "tour" of her life. This ghostly person tries to get her to see what kind of person she really is and how she needs to change. Readers will be intrigued at the events that happen and will stay glued to the book to see the surprising outcome. (Note: This book contains language that may not be suitable for some and may be offensive). Reviewer: Cathi I. White
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Teagan Phillips is throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars into a "Sweet 16" party that she has been planning for a year. When she falls down the cellar stairs in search of some wine after she learns that her father canceled the open bar, she appears to have died. She is witness to her present, past, and future, but instead of three ghosts la A Christmas Carol, Teagan has just one enigmatic female guide. She sees herself dispose of her relationship with Dad after her mother's death. She sees the plight of the waitress she fired. She also learns that her best friend and her boyfriend are secretly seeing one another. The figure in white turns out to be the future Teagan, who has died alone and unloved after obsessively repeated cosmetic surgery. In the inevitable reversal, she gets another chance; and, like Scrooge bestowing gifts on Bob Cratchit's family, she gives away her birthday loot to the poor. She bridges the gap with her father and reunites with the childhood friend whom she had dropped. Like a morality play, this one's all message and stock characters. This haute-couture name-dropping, prep-school princess makes for a totally unlikable character who alienates discerning readers too much for her redemption to work.-Suzanne Gordon, Richards Middle School, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Chapter One

"Mrs. Natsui!"

Teagan Phillips was thirty seconds into her day and already she was seriously pissed off. She sat up straight in her four-poster bed, her silk rose-colored Calvin Klein nightgown twisted around her size-six body like a straitjacket, and shouted at the top of her lungs.

"Mrs. Natsui! Get your ass in here!"

Teagan jabbed at the buttons on her remote control, flipping the channels on her plasma-screen TV until it finally landed on the Weather Channel. A snarky-looking guy with a clipped white mustache grinned back at her from behind his state-of-the-art weather desk.

"And it's a washout for the greater Philadelphia area today," he said as the screen snapped to live shots of the Liberty Bell, the steps outside the art museum, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Windshield wipers whipped furiously and raindrops pelted the camera lenses. "We're looking at record rainfall and possibly some thunderstorms rolling in late today, lasting straight through the night. If you live anywhere in eastern Pennsylvania or southern New Jersey, you're gonna want to break out your golf umbrellas and galoshes, people. It's gonna be a wet one!"

Teagan groaned and hit the power button. Slumping over her bunched-up hand-knit cashmere blanket, she stared across her cavernous bedroom to the bay window that overlooked the gardens and pool in the backyard. The sky was so dark it could have been nine at night instead of nine o'clock in the morning. The rain battered the perennials in her window boxes, beating them down. It should have been a beautiful, sunny spring day. The birds should have been chirping. The windows should have been open and alight breeze should have been tickling the gold chiffon curtains that fluttered around her bed. It should have been perfect. It was supposed to be perfect.

Teagan sucked in as much air as her lungs would hold and raised her voice to the rafters. "Mrs.! Nat! Su! Iiiiiii!!!!"

"Good morning, Miss Teagan!" Mrs. Natsui trilled as she padded into the room in her stiff black uniform and black sneakers. There was some sort of yellow stain on her white apron. Her graying hair was clipped back at the nape of her neck and she wore her humongous, red-rimmed glasses attached to her neck by a gold chain. She clutched a huge bouquet of colorful balloons in both hands and had an incredibly wide smile on. "Happy birthday!"

"Yeah, right," Teagan said, whipping the eight-hundred-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets aside and stuffing her feet into her new sheepskin Coach slippers. "Why the hell didn't you tell me it was going to rain today?"

She trudged over to the window, yanking at her twisted nightie, and shoved aside the wispy curtain. Outside, the lush green grass was dotted with thick, muddy puddles as far as the eye could see. Budding trees bent under the force of the wind. The pelting rain made pockmarks in the sparkling pool water, which was peppered with white petals ripped from a nearby dogwood. All the lounge chairs had been removed and stashed inside the storage area of the pool house, which meant that at the very least the landscaping staff had known about the downpour ahead of time. Somebody should have warned her. Wasn't it kind of their job?

"I'm sorry, Miss Teagan," Mrs. Natsui said. "But what does the weather matter on such a special day? Your sweet sixteen!"

Try soaked sixteen, Teagan thought, just imaging the stupid puns her friends were going to make. This was unbelievable. Today was supposed to be the biggest day of her life. She had been looking forward to it forever. Today was the day she was supposed to have the party to end all sweet sixteen parties. The party that was going to totally kick the butt of Shari Marx's lame aloha-themed debacle with its pork kabobs and tacky plastic leis. She had spent weeks planning the event all the way down to the very last detail, spending her father's money like it was tap water in order to make sure everything was perfect. Over two hundred people had RSVP'd, the very crème de la crème of suburban Philadelphia society. Today was the day Teagan Phillips was going to prove to the world that she was the most stylish, wealthy, doted-upon girl in Upper Sheridan, Pennsylvania.

Or at least the one who knew how and where to spend the most cash.

But how was she supposed to have an elegant cocktail hour on the slate patio of the country club if the patio in question was submerged in water?

"Look! Look what that fancy school of yours has sent for you!"

Mrs. Natsui brought the balloon bouquet over to the window. Teagan tore the card from the ribbons and scanned it quickly.

Happy sweet sixteen to one of our top students! Best wishes, the faculty and staff of Rosewood Prep.

Teagan looked up at the balloons. They really were kind of pretty. When she was little, balloons had been her favorite part of any birthday party. Her mother had always ordered so many helium balloons they crowded out the ceiling. Super-long ribbons were attached to each one, long enough for the kids to grab at and twirl around their fingers. Teagan had loved the way the ribbons curled down and tickled her cheeks wherever she walked.

A squishy lump of sorrow formed in Teagan's chest and she scoffed, letting the balloons go until they bounced up to her cathedral ceiling and got entangled in the whirring ceiling fan.

"They're just fishing for another donation," she said, turning her attention back to the deluge outside.

"Oh!" Mrs. Natsui exclaimed, rushing for the switch on the wall to turn off the fan. It made an ominous-sounding squeal and finally sputtered and died. A couple of balloons popped, sandwiched between the fan blades and the stucco ceiling.

"God! Are you trying to give me a heart attack?" Teagan asked, flattening her hand against her chest.

"Of course not, Miss Teagan," Mrs. Natsui said.

Teagan rolled her eyes, then glared at the clouds outside. She pulled her thick brown hair over her shoulder and examined it. Yep. Just as she suspected. It was already pulling a Chia pet. Why couldn't her father have settled in LA or Arizona? Someplace arid and far, far away from this nightmare humidity.

Michel better be on top of his game today, she thought, already picturing her stylist's horrified face when he got a look at her 'fro. He would just have to earn his tip, that was all. There was no way Teagan was showing up at her sweet sixteen looking like a Muppet.

"I will send David up to deal with that," Mrs. Natsui said, gesturing to the ceiling.

"Think we could refrain from calling in the staff peeping Tom until after I'm dressed?" Teagan asked.

Mrs. Natsui sighed but got to work making Teagan's bed without another word. Teagan slumped onto the window seat, pressing her forehead against the clear glass, absently picking at her fingernails. She knew she should hit the shower already and get on with her day, but all she felt like doing at that moment was crawling back into bed. What had she done to deserve this? Did the universe really hate her this much?

Her stomach grumbled and Teagan put her hand over it. Not that Natsui would ever notice or that Teagan cared a smidge what the woman thought of her. Teagan just detested bodily functions of any kind and hated being reminded that she even had a stomach. Especially after last night's peanut M&M fest.

She had known when she tore into that party-size bag that karma would find a way of getting back at her. But what was she supposed to do? It was the night before her birthday, she was all alone, her boyfriend, Max Modell, hadn't even bothered to call her before going on his underage bar crawl in Philly, and, as always was the case the night before her birthday, she couldn't stop thinking about her mom. Teagan had responded to all this adversity in the only way she knew how. She had turned on the Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica rerun marathon and downed the whole bag of chocolate before Nick had even once rolled his eyes behind Jessica's back.

Eating the M&M's made her feel less anxious. But digesting them was another story. Digesting them made her feel like a fat pig. How many calories were in an entire bag of peanut M&M's? She could already feel her hips expanding.

But wasn't that punishment enough? Didn't she get any sympathy points from whoever was in charge of karma for being a half orphan? Did they really have to hit her with a monsoon? It was just so unfair.

"You should get dressed, Miss Teagan," Mrs. Natsui said, expertly placing one of a half dozen silk-and-ribbon throw pillows on Teagan's bed. "Miss Karen is downstairs waiting for you."

Teagan blew out an exasperated sigh and rolled her eyes. A perfect start to a perfect day.

"What does she want?" Teagan asked, heading for her walk-in closet, her slippers sinking into the plush carpet.

"She wants to wish you a happy birthday, Miss Teagan," Mrs. Natsui replied.

Alone in the walk-in, which was more the size of a small bedroom, Teagan mouthed Mrs. Natsui's words, making an irritated face. "She wants to wish you a happy birthday, Miss Teagan." Wasn't it against the rules for the help to condescend to her? She shoved aside one designer dress after another, looking for something to wear to the salon.

Why does Karen insist on trying to bond with me? she thought, irritated. You've got the rock on your finger! Congratulations! You don't have to pretend to like me anymore!

Finally Teagan grabbed a cashmere V-neck sweater by Nicole Miller — black to match her mood — and her favorite Seven jeans — the ones that downplayed her butt and made her look super-skinny. She opened one of her dozen lingerie drawers and took out a set of lacy black La Perla underwear. Expensive, sophisticated lingerie always made her feel more elegant and sure of herself. At this point, she could use all the help she could get. Before she walked out of the closet, she slid her fingers down the silk paisley Gucci scarf that hung on a hook next to the door — an old ritual.

On her way to her private bathroom, Teagan grabbed her pink cell phone from her vanity table and turned it on. Immediately the phone beeped, indicating she had a message. Teagan dropped her clothes on the velvet-covered bench inside her bathroom and hit the message button.

She smiled for the first time all day when she heard Max's voice.

"Hey, Sweet Bottom! Just calling to say good night! Miss you already," Max said as his friends cackled and hooted in the background. The smile faded when she realized he was totally trashed and way beyond confused. Somewhere nearby a siren wailed. He lowered his voice. "I love you."

Teagan shook her head and smirked. He must have called last night after she turned her phone off, somewhere in the middle of his bar crawl. Max and his friends prided themselves on knowing all the bars in Philly that didn't card. They went on these road trips once every month, crashing at Trey Duncan's brother's dorm suite at Temple to sleep it off. Max must have been seriously sloshed if he had called her after 11 P.M. — her absolute latest bedtime if she wanted to get her proper beauty sleep. Plus he had called her "Sweet Bottom," which was so not her nickname. Max knew she hated anything that called attention to what she considered her massive posterior.

But she could forgive him since he said he loved her. He barely ever said that. And never in front of his friends.

Teagan dropped the phone and turned on the water in her marble shower full blast. She would have loved to have taken a soak in the Jacuzzi instead, with its ten high-powered jets and her new Philosophy Pina Colada bath bubbles, but there just wasn't time. She was going to need to get to the salon early if Michel was going to have time to work his magic. She looked in the mirror and grimaced. From the look of things, she should have been there an hour ago. Copyright ©2006 by Alloy Entertainment

Meet the Author

Kate Brian is the author of the NY Times and USA Today best-selling Private series and it's spin-off series, Privilege. She has also written many other books for teens including Sweet 16 and Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys.

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Sweet 16 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The third book that I read for the third trimester was called Sweet 16. The author of this book was Kate Brian. This is a book about a girl named Teagan Phillips. She is rich, beautiful, fashionable, popular, and she is throwing her sweet sixteen party. No one else in the world is going to have a party like hers. It is going to be the most glamorous and extravagant sweet sixteen party that anyone has ever seen. Well, that is what she hopes for. Things end up taking a turn for the worst for her party and everything is going wrong. This was supposed to be the party of a lifetime and now Teagan is mad. In a search for alcohol to calm her down, Teagan ends up falling down the stairs into the wine cellar. She wakes up having a strange looking woman staring down at her. Her night from there then goes back in time to when Teagan was a much happier person. Before her dad became obsessed with his work and before her mother died. Teagan gets to see how the choices she made in her past led to her being the awful person that she is on her sweet sixteen. The strange woman in the wine cellar will help her and guide her to show her how she could have handled her life a little better. This is one of the greatest books that I have ever read so far. This book was very exciting to read. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. It was exciting because the author would leave cliffhangers at the end of chapters and I would want to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. In this book, I could feel like I was ¿in¿ it. I felt like I was ¿in¿ the book because the author uses really great detail and it made me feel like I was there watching the whole story happen. The main conflict of this book interested me. It interested me because I wanted to know how Teagan was going to get out of the mess that she put herself into. I also wanted to know if Teagan was ever actually going to understand that she messed up her life and she also messed up several other people¿s lives. The characters in this book seem realistic to me. There were realistic because of the author¿s detail she uses about them. They were also realistic because I can relate some of their feelings and actions to myself and to people that I know. The ending of this book was very satisfying to me. It ended perfectly and it ended just how I wanted it to. I would tell you how it ended but I can¿t because then I would give the entire story away. I really loved reading this wonderful book. I definitely enjoyed the writing style of the author, Kate Brian. The voice of the author was in third person. There was a lot of vocabulary in this book. A lot of the words I didn¿t know or the author would use the words in a way that I didn¿t know. If I didn¿t know a word I would usually look it up in the dictionary. There are many unique qualities about this author¿s writing style. The author obviously likes to use a lot of vocabulary. She also uses a lot of description. Kate Brian also likes to capture the reader by putting in cliffhangers and things like that, that will keep you guessing and keep you reading. The author likes to use a lot of humor. I like that about the writing style because I enjoy very funny books. The author also uses newspaper articles in the book that I found very interesting. They were articles from Teagan¿s school newspapers and they were all about Teagan¿s sweet sixteen party. They helped you better understand what a mean person Teagan is. One other thing that was unique about this authors writing style is that a lot of people can relate to some of the problems Teagan is going through. Though, I don¿t think most people go traveling back in time, a lot of people have to deal with the pressures of being cool and that is something that Teagan goes through. The author¿s ability to use dialogue is very good. There is a lot of dialogue in this novel and the author is very good at using it. The author¿s ability to use description is also very good. She use
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this, I honestly feel like a different person. Im thirteen, and this is my new favorite book! I read and finished this book in one day and it was way better than I couldve imagined. If it doesnt make you cry, then there's really something wrong with you...reading this book makes you realize that theres more to life than being a self-centered brat and taking things for granted.
Mattie604 More than 1 year ago
Teagan Philips is the hottest girl at her exclusive private school, but she's also the most insecure. She claims she and her" best friend" Lindsey are tight, and ignores her other friends Maya and Ashley when it comes to her two favorite people: Lindsey and her boyfriend Max. After conking her head, however, Teagan is visited by her future self who makes her look at life- see who are her true friends; experience the pains of her mother's death, look at the strained relationship between her and her father. Kate Brian adds an interesting twist with a childhood friend that sends Teagan a birthday gift every year, adding a little bit of Sugar and Spice here and there. Readers will fall for this spirited and magical novel about a way-twisted Sweet Sixteen that will forever mark YouTube history.
Blondie812 More than 1 year ago
This would be good for teenage girls who like drama and suspense. This book is about a girl named Tegan Phillips. She is turning 16, and has a close to the perfect life. She gets anything she wants, whenever she wants. Her dad is rich and gives her everything, her mom passed away. Her sweet sixteen party is coming up, everyone is inivted, it is said to be one of the biggest parties some people will ever see. Tegan has everything well planned out, everything goes great except the weather. It's an extraordinary day for her and she can't wait. Her boyfriend is there and everything seems to be going just as planned, until something goes terribly wrong.
Dorothy Martin More than 1 year ago
I wasnt expecting it to be as good as it was. But its probably more suitable for young adults and or teens. I loved it. I would never taelke back a penny for it , it was worth evryone. I hope u buy it and enjoy it as much as i did ! I wont say anymore dont wanna give it awayy !!!!!! :)
Maddie Hergert More than 1 year ago
It brought me to tears many times it was touching and beautifully written!!!!! Thx for writing this book!! :) i loved it ,it teaches u not to take things for granted and to live life loving those who truly love u
Brittany Miller More than 1 year ago
This is definately one of the best books i have read! It is always catching your attention!
xoxonjb2796 More than 1 year ago
Sweet 16 was a fun and light read. I enjoyed reading just how bad her sweet 16 gets and as we all know getting there can be half the fun but in Teagan's case it was about to get worse. The book does have a great message however. This book really gave me a new perspective of why people act the way they do. Teagan's the character you'll love @ hate but in the end you'll be surprised just how much this spoiled rotten brat changes her life. Super funny and perfect for fans of My Super Sweet 16 and all our other guilty little pleasures!!!! hope you enjoy it as much as i did
Guest More than 1 year ago
I luved the book 'Sweet 16.' Tht book is in top ten fave books 2. It really teaches you a lot. Like how life is short and you should b happy with the life your livin' b4 its gone. It changed me a lot and if u read this book it could change u a lot 2. So buy it!
Pinhead1 More than 1 year ago
I really have a hard time understanding those reviewers who offered negative commentaries on this book. I have read a vast number of teen and YA books, and this is easily among the top three or four --- maybe even higher! As many of the reviews note, Sweet 16 is inspired by A Christmas Carol,and the central character Teagan is every bit as nasty and cold-hearted as is Scrooge in the Dickens book. Right away, the reader has to face the reality of a young girl embittered beyond anything expected from one her age. Not only is Teagan young, but she is also wealthy and clearly has lived a privileged life. Before you know it, you are drawn into her story, wishing very much to know how she came to be what she is. Any number of Scrooge pastiches have been written, and they are often entertaining. You will also find various film versions around Christmas time in places like the Hallmark Channel. So, when I read Sweet 16, I had to ask myself why this book is so much better than most other examples. The short answer, of course, is that Kate Brian is a very good writer, and she has put all of her talents to excellent use in this book.While 'A Christmas Carol' may have provided the inspiration, her treatment has more the "feel" of "It's a Wonderful Life." Well, that is, if that movie had been called "It's a Wretchedly Miserable Life," and had dealt with a world in which the villain Potter had never existed, rather than the hero George. Sweet 16 is at its core a marvelous morality play., but it is no way ponderous or preachy. The lessons we learn from Teagan's experiences are delightful and painless. Believe me,you will NOT regret reading this book.
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I have not read this on my nook, but still it is a really good book! I highly reccomend this book! ;3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont read it has so many swear words and like four on the first page
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Life lesson about the true meaning of life
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