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32 Candles
32 Candles: A Novel | Ernessa T. Carter
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Davie Jonesan ugly duckling growing up in small-town Mississippi with a mother who couldn't get any meaneris positive her life couldn't be any worse. Just when she's resigned herself to her fate, she sees a movie that will change her lifeSixteen Candles. But in her case, life doesn't imitate art. Tormented in school and hopelessly in unrequited love with a handsome football player, Davie finds it bittersweet to dream of Molly Ringwald endings. When a cruel school prank goes too far, Davie leaves the life she knows and reinvents herself in the glittery world of Hollywoodas a beautiful and successful lounge singer. Just as she's about to ride off into the L.A. sunset, the past comes back with a vengeance, threatening to crush Davie's dreamsand break her heart again. With wholly original characters and a cinematic storyline, 32 Candles introduces Ernessa T. Carter, a new voice in fiction with smarts, attitude, and sassiness to spare.
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derr.liz
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I thought I knew where this story was going but it surprised me at many turns and in the best ways. What a treat on the week of my 32nd birthday! 🥳🎂

#happybirthdaytome

Liatrek This book was so great! I loved that it did the unexpected 😊Happy Birthday 🎉🎉 (edited) 5mo
derr.liz Thanks! @Liatrek ☺️ 5mo
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pnicole
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Best book I ever read. I am reading this again for second time.

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Liatrek
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Growing up I loved Sixteen Candles ❤️
I couldn‘t wait to read about a girl obsessed with finding her MollyRingwald happy ending. I loved Davie and the story took a twisty crazy turn in the middle that I admit I didn‘t see coming. I defiantly recommend this book 😊

Reggie Yeah, the whole I spent a portion of my life getting revenge, I didn‘t see that at all coming. Lol 10mo
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Liatrek
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Yay for book mail ❤️ I think I might have to start this tonight 😊

riversong153 Sounds fun! 10mo
Reggie I really liked this book. 10mo
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Liatrek
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Yay for book mail ❤️ I think I might have to start this tonight 😊

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CoffeeNBooks
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This was such a fun book to read, with all of its references to John Hughes movies! Thanks @dariazeoli for sending me this kindle book! #ReadingThroughTheYears192021 #2010

kellyann28 I liked this one as well! 10mo
Liatrek This sounds interesting 😊adding to TBR 10mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz May I know what email do you use for your kindle books, Harper? 10mo
CoffeeNBooks @Jee_HookedOnBookz Bluehouseonthehill15@gmail.com 😊 10mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @CoffeeNBooks thank you! ❤️😘 10mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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#FridayNightBookClub Enjoying my book and a beer on this relaxing Friday night. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JoScho

JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 10mo
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Matilda
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One of my favorite books ever is $1.99 and you should really run to iiiiiiiit: https://bookriot.com/2019/02/03/book-riots-deals-of-the-day-for-february-3rd-201...

I really really hope it gets adapted one day. And also I need more books written by Carter.

Johanna414 I‘m sold. Thanks! 12mo
Reggie I liked this one!! 12mo
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samnreader
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16 candles but way better.

Full review at library thing & Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2631606177?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟

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MsLeah8417
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I cut the article out and placed it reverent-like between the pages of my hardback edition of The Color Purple. It is my favorite book and home to Celie, the black character I identified with most in the world, because she was ugly but still found her way to a happy ending.

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MsLeah8417
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Next!!!

Matilda Yeeeeeeeeeees 💙 2y
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Reggie
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Later on in high school, after a viscous prank, and after getting beaten up by her mother, the town prostitute, Davidia will run away from her small Mississippi town and catch a ride to Los Angeles where she has one shot to make it as a singer. I chose this because every time I see #fancy, even though I know this is Drake‘s song, I think of Reba‘s 🎶 Here‘s your one chance, Fancy, don‘t let us down 🎶 #heatinjuly

Hollie I hear Reba whenever I see Fancy, too! 2y
Sace Reba's is the only Fancy I know! 2y
Leftcoastzen Bobby Gentry 1969 original version of “Fancy” Pre Reba version 2y
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Cinfhen Nicely done 💕 2y
BarbaraBB The quotes you always manage to find 💕 2y
TNbookworm Love this quote💕 2y
DivineDiana I think of the same song. 💗 2y
Reggie @Hollie @RestlessFickleBookHoarder @DivineDiana my friend who loves country, her and I always sing Does He Love You in the car together. @Leftcoastzen I had no idea someone did it before Reba. @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @TNbookworm Thanks!!! 2y
Hollie Omg Does He Love You was my favorite song as a kid. 2y
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Matilda
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#riotgrams June 10: Book Deserving More Reads (until this awesome book is as popular as it deserves to be and has an adaptation it will always be my pick.)

MirrorMask ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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MirrorMask
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Matilda One of my favorite books! 2y
MirrorMask @Matilda I love this book! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 2y
vkois88 Sounds good 2y
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Reggie
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Aww, I liked this. Take the movie 16 Candles, make Molly Ringwald black, from Mississippi, and have her mother be a prostitute. Have Molly morph into Andy from Pretty in Pink. 5/8ths thru the story, have her grown up and exact revenge on all of James Spader and his rich friends, and then morph her back into 16 Candles Molly just in time to see her black Jake waiting for her outside a wedding. Predictable but it‘s depth makes it worth reading.

Suet624 Great post! 2y
Smangela Sounds good! Thanks for posting :) 2y
britt_brooke Love your review! 2y
Centique OMG Reggie - best review ever. I love John Hughes movies, Molly and Jake 4eva! Definitely reading this 😍😍😍 2y
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TrishB
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#candles #decdays
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Not very seasonal but only candles I‘ve got 😁

Cinfhen This sounds really good! 2y
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TrishB
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#bookcolourtag
@miralunasbooknook
Finally had chance to get some yellow books together!!

britt_brooke 💛💛💛 2y
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TrishB
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#yellowcovers #riotgrams
Not many on the shelves!

JillR Oooooo I loved Wool! I've not read the others yet, but bought my mum Shift for Mother's Day in the hope she'll pass it to me when she's done 😉 3y
TrishB @JillR I enjoyed the series 😀 3y
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whatthelog
32 Candles: A Novel | Ernessa T. Carter
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#photobookchallenge day 12 - romantic cover

OK so this isn't the most romantic cover, but it is a romantic book, so that's something! (Besides, the simplicity appeals to me.)

This is a riff off of 16 Candles, which is one of my favourite movies 😘

#blackhistorymonth #diversebooks #womenwriters #romance

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Matilda
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I'm gonna try to do @bookriot 's book challenge for February! It's an Instagram challenge but I think it'll fit perfectly here 💙📚: http://bookriot.com/2017/01/31/join-book-riot-february-riotgrams-bookstagram-cha...
#RiotGrams

Have I mentioned I always fail to finish these?! This will be very challenging.

Pruzy I'm going to be doing them here also! 3y
Matilda @Pruzy *high-five! 3y
saresmoore I'm in! This looks fun and I never finish them either, but I'll try! 3y
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saresmoore Also, thank you for sharing! 3y
xoKatie Looks like fun! I've never done one before but maybe I'll try this one! 3y
AmandaFields I'm going to try this on Litsy, too. Good luck! 3y
BookishMarginalia I'm horrible at these too, so I've decided whatever I actually do post will be just fine! This is a guilt-free zone! 3y
Matilda @BookishMarginalia excellent idea! 3y
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Matilda
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It me!

Via Random House Instagram

Anitta Which book gets you on fire like this? 3y
Zelma 😂😂😂 3y
Librarylady3 So true! Though it is me talking about books in general not just my favorite ones. Lol 3y
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Callemarie 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 3y
AliBG I resemble this! 3y
Matilda @Anitta mostly any book I loved or am really excited about and want people to read! Off the top of my head TRAINWRECK/ BROWN GIRL DREAMING/ 32 CANDLES/ SILVER SPARROW/ KIM & KIM vol 1/ IF I WAS YOUR GIRL/ A BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR/ IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE/ LIFE WITHOUT A RECIPE... 3y
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Matilda
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#recommendsday this is one of my favorite books that is so good I had to buy the ebook bc my paperbacks kept getting "borrowed." (I've also gifted it a lot.) I love the characters. It has an I-didn't-see-that-coming moment. It has the magic of '80s movies while being modern with a bite! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Chessa I really enjoyed this one, too! The audio is awesome. 4y
Matilda @Chessa I liked her followup book too and have been impatiently waiting for more books. 4y
Chessa Oh, awesome! I think when I saw the title I thought it was literally a how-to - glad you clued me in that it was actually a novel! 😀 4y
Matilda @Chessa I had the same issue- not a fan of the title. 4y
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alisonrose
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BACKLIST BOOK REC: If you're looking for a good beach read, this would fit the bill (I don't do beaches but even so!). This is a fun and funny story about finding yourself, finding a life, and maybe also finding love. A black woman builds the better life she deserves. Strong, real, universal.

Chessa I really enjoyed the audio version of this! 4y
alisonrose @Chessa 😊👍🏻 4y
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Daphodelia
32 Candles: A Novel | Ernessa T. Carter
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Well-written rom-com with interesting characters. At some points in the plot, things come together a little too easily, but that didn't detract from it being an enjoyable read. Most rom com books are so shallow I can't even finish them, but this is smarter and deeper and more fun than many others.