Sixteen Scandals

HMH. May 2021. 256p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780358206217.
Gr 8 Up–Entering into London society at the age of 16 is a rite of passage for every young woman of a certain social standing. However, for Prim, the youngest daughter in the Ainsworth family, her 16th birthday is ignored by her family so she takes the celebrations into her own hands. Accompanied by her best friend Olympia, the daughter of a popular songstress, Prim sets out for an evening of adventure at the pleasure gardens at Vauxhall. Prim gets more than she bargained for and is immediately plunged into an evening of adventure and mayhem. Losing sight of Olympia, Prim meets and quickly rescues the incredibly handsome and mysterious Jacob whom she suspects of being more than he appears. This romp through Regency London is a whimsical and turbulent roller-coaster of mishaps and misfortunes with an all-white cast, except Olympia who is described as having “light brown skin.”
VERDICT This is a must-purchase for any YA collection where historical fiction and romance is popular. Hand this to teens who binge-watched Bridgerton and need more from the ton.

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