Title: Sam Dorsey And His Sixteen Candles (Sam Dorsey and Gay Popcorn #1)
Authors: Perie Wolford
Release Date: February 19, 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult
Page Count: 162
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
New Gay Series To Pay Tribute To Sixteen Candles Movie and Other Awesome John Hughes Movies.
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?
Disclaimer: The plot of the books substantially varies from the John Hughes movies and all the references to the movies are made as a tribute to their awesomeness.
This story starts of on a Monday in April of 1985. Here we meet our narrator, Sam Dorsey who is turning sixteen. Unlike other kids, he doesn’t want recognition. Reason being is because on his birthday something unfortunate usually follows. However, Sam is not so lucky for his birthday to go on unnoticed. In fact, due to a series of events his birthday day turns into four very long days.
Through all of this, Sam is looking for the right time to finally be himself and come out. He goes through life striving to be unremarkable. To not draw attention to himself so others will not find out his well-kept secret of who his heart desires. However, he is not as sly as he think he is. He constantly lusts after the popular Jake Timbers. While doing so, he totally misses what is right in front of him: Mitch. Which so happens to be another somewhat popular guy. So, Sam is unknowingly (yes he is that blind) is liked by not one, but two jocks.
In the end, he realizes he wasn’t as stealthy as he thought, and everything ends up being okay. In fact, the world doesn’t come to an end and he ends up getting the boy. It seems that the curse of his sixteenth birthday has seen its last hurrah. Even with this being such a light, low angst/conflict story I do want to know what happens next for Mitch and Sam.
There are a few things that bothered me about the story, and here they are:
- All of this is happening in the mid 80’s. Sam is reluctant to come out, which is totally understandable. However, Mitch isn’t. I just find this odd.
- There is mention of a rift between Jake and Mitch; however the author never gives us the deets. Maybe this will be expounded upon later in the series?
- In addition, we aren’t given much background on Mitch nor Jake. It would be nice if there was more character depth.
Side Note: While this is a YA book, the author still throws in some sexy times in the form of Sam’s wet dreams; which also include humor.