Bitter Sixteen

Happy birthday, Stanly We hope you like your present Cynical, solitary Stanly Bird is a fairly typical teenager unless you count the fact that his best friend is a talking beagle named Daryl, and that he gained the powers of flight and telekinesis when he turned sixteen Unfortunately, his rural Welsh home town is not exactly crying out for its very own superhero Lo Happy birthday, Stanly We hope you like your present Cynical, solitary Stanly Bird is a fairly typical teenager unless you count the fact that his best friend is a talking beagle named Daryl, and that he gained the powers of flight and telekinesis when he turned sixteen Unfortunately, his rural Welsh home town is not exactly crying out for its very own superhero London is calling but what Stanly finds there is a good deal weirder and terrifying than anything he could have imagined Perhaps he should have stayed in Wales Winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize for new writers.
Bitter Sixteen Happy birthday Stanly We hope you like your present Cynical solitary Stanly Bird is a fairly typical teenager unless you count the fact that his best friend is a talking beagle named Daryl and that

  • Title: Bitter Sixteen
  • Author: Stefan Mohamed
  • ISBN: 1784630136
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Stanly Bird wakes up on his 16th Birthday with superpowers, a surprising but welcome fact he shares with his best friend, his talking beagle Daryl. Before too long though, Daryl’s secret is in danger of getting out and he has to leave his small Welsh town and head to London. In London Stanly learns more about his abilities, and learns he’s not the only special one around.This is one of the most original and funny books I’ve read in a while. Stanly is immensely entertaining with such a clea [...]

    2. Original, funny and well plotted. It has everything; superpowers, a talking dog and as many geek references as I could ever wish for. Stanly's journey from discovering he has superpowers, including his exploration of the very limited crime fighting opportunities in his small welsh hometown, to becoming aware that a larger game is being played out in London (including other super powered individuals like himself) where there's a genuinely nightmarish monster to face was a real delight to read. I [...]

    3. Bitter Sixteen is the most stunning and original debut YA novel I've read for a while. A gripping page turner that's funny, poignant and wonderfully geeky - and features a talking beagle called Daryl who's one of my favourite characters in any book ever. Best thing? It's the first part of a trilogy. Can't wait for the next episode

    4. For the full review, please visit If These Books Could Talk where you'll also find an interview with the author.The premise of ‘Bitter Sixteen’ sounds unbelievable, and you’d be right, as even in the realms of sci-fi and fantasy, a boy waking up on his sixteenth birthday with superpowers, who later on that day becomes the owner of a talking beagle called Daryl, sounds daft in the extreme. And here’s where the big ol’ ‘but’ comes in. Stefan Mohamed has created a fantastical situatio [...]

    5. Bitter Sixteen, by Stefan Mohamed, is the first book in a proposed fantasy trilogy for young adults. It introduces the reader to Stanly Bird, a cynical schoolboy who discovers on his sixteenth birthday that he has gained the powers of flight and telekinesis. As his closest companion is a talking beagle this is daunting but not as surprising as it might have been for someone else.Stanly is a perceptively written, introspective teenager, a loner who has cultivated a brooding, mysterious persona th [...]

    6. This is a funny,off-kilter take on the super-hero genre that, for most part, did not take itself too seriously. That was refreshing, especially after the last (and especially grim) super-hero story I read (Vicious by V.E. Schwab). I did have a few issues with the world building though: it takes really long for the reader to get a sense of the world. That in itself is not a bad thing. The Malazan books do this particularly well by focusing on the action/behavior of the characters without too much [...]

    7. [9/10, but I'm happy to round up to 5-star]I first became aware of Stefan Mohamed when I found him reciting his brilliant poetry on YouTube (look up "StefMoTube" - it's shamefully under-viewed). For a guy with such impressive vernacular flair, it came as no surprise at all to learn that he wrote the first draft of this when he was 16.This is a very fun book. It's what E4's "Misfits" would be if it was written by Charlie Brooker. It's brimming with snappy dialogue and neat cultural references, an [...]

    8. I bought this after hearing the author speak at the one-day YA Shot conference in Uxbridge. I was sold as soon as I learned there was a talking dog in it, and I was not disappointed. Stanly, our Welsh hero who develops super powers on his sixteenth birthday, is a believably decent-with-occasional-lapses teenager, well up on his pop culture and very funny. His relationships with others are realistic and often poignant. And then there's the talking dog, Daryl the beagle, the wingman dreams are mad [...]

    9. Just finished this incredible debut novel and am still laughing out loud at some of the funny bits. This is literally a book I couldn't put it down as soon I started reading it. The first chapter, as the main protagonist Stanly counts down to his sixteenth birthday, is the most amusing and assured start to a YA novel that I've read in ages. And it just keeps delivering from there. If you're into great writing, small-town superheroes with dilemmas, film-buff beagles that can talk (and wittily too [...]

    10. Great book! Loved the story plot and it had a perfect ending - very excited for the next book.You can tell this book is the writer's first but I still fully enjoyed it and would 100% recommend to others to read.The characters were all great,though I think Stanly needed a little bit more development at points. Nonetheless, the book was wonderful and I'm at a loss of what to read next!

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