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A to Z Challenge and Giveaway: N is for Sixteen Candles

This month is all about discovering new blogs, meeting new friends, and spreading the word about the launch of my young adult novel, MY SOON-TO-BE SEX LIFE, (Bloomsbury Spark, June 2014) by participating in this mega, 26 posts blog challenge.

Since Charlie, the main character in my novel, is an aspiring screenwriter who has plotted her own devirginization campaign - one that doesn't go as scripted - I thought an appropriate theme for this month would be: an alphabetical romp through the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright scary representations of virginity in film. Warning - be prepared for adult content / strong language if you follow my posts this month.

Join me over the next 26 days for some swoonworthy and/or cringeworthy cherry popper moments on the big screen. Check out the multitude of amazing A to Z bloggers via the challenge main page, HEREAnd don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!

N is for SixteeN CaNdles (1984)

Ah, John Hughes - THE screenwriter/director who encapsulates the teenage experience in ways that cross any perceived generational boundaries. His films are still being watch by teens today and beloved by those (like me!) who were first in the theatre seats for these timeless classics. Saving yourself for your crush sometimes lets you score big.

The premise: "A young girl's "sweet sixteenth" birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Great line: "That's why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they'd call 'em something else."

Soundtrack: New wave and indie pop ruled in this 80s flick. Especially noteworthy - Young Americans - David Bowie, Tenderness - General Public, Rebel Yell - Billie Idol, and If You Were Here - Thompson Twins.

Check out the bus scene / geek come on that's...not (and a very young Joan Cusack as the other passenger on the bus):


  1. Elsie Amata said...:

    Oh my gosh, I used to LOVE Billy Idol. I'm such an 80's geek.

    AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

  1. Judith Tewes said...:

    I hear ya, Elsie - I loved his cameo in The Wedding Singer. ;)

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