TBR Thursday: Sixteen Scandals by Sophie Jordan

Hi Everyone! It’s Becky.  Sixteen Scandals by Sophie Jordan has been on my TBR list for months, and I finally got to read this YA Regency romance. This book was a fun romance, but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would.  

Title: Sixteen Scandals
Author: Sophie Jordan
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Primrose Ainsworth dreams of coming out into society. Primrose wants the romance she will find on the marriage mart, but when her mother refuses to allow her join society Primrose rebels. Primrose and her friend Olympia sneak out to visit the scandalous Vauxhall Gardens. In the gardens, the two are separated, and Primrose finds herself in the company of Jacob, a mysterious member of the gentry who promises to help her find her friend. As the two spend time together, Primrose begins to find herself drawn to Jacob. Can Primrose find happiness in Vauxhall Gardens?

Review: In the last year, the popularity of historical romances has blown up. Readers at my library have embraced these sizzling stories, and I was excited to read a new YA historical romance.  Sixteen Scandals had the potential to be a great YA romance, but it didn’t quite work for me. 

Sophie Jordan’s latest novel is a classic Regency romance. The main character, Primrose, dreams of being out in society to find a husband. Primrose doesn’t fit what her society mother expects of a daughter. Primrose loves to read and speaks her mind. She does not fit the ideal image of a proper bride. I enjoyed spending time with Primrose as she barrelled through life as a smart and sassy teen girl. I also enjoyed spending time with Jacob, Primrose’s possible romantic interest. Jacob was charming and dashing, and his interactions with Primrose were humorous and romantic with just a little sizzle.  

If you judge the book by its main characters then it is a winner but the plot had a couple of issues. First, the book is familiar. Nothing is surprising about the story or the book’s conclusion. Also, I’m not sure who is the intended audience of this book. Primrose dreams of entering the marriage mart, which is normal in a Regency romance,e but very few teens relate to books about being a teen bride. Plus, Jordan’s slight addition of an LGBTQ storyline felt forced and as if it was added just to try to check more boxes.

Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy parts of this book, and I would read more books in this literal world, but I don’t think it will be a big hit among the intended teen audience.

Final Rating: 3 out of 5

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