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Summary of JAMB 2019 UTME New Novel “Sweet Sixteen” By Bolaji Abdullahi

Summary Sweet Sixteen

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Recommended Novel for 2019 UTME is Sweet Sixteen (Coming of Age), a book by Bolaji Abdullahi. This 2019 UTME Novel (Sweet Sixten) is based on Fiction and was published in February 2017.

Many candidates asked questions like “What book will JAMB use for 2019 UTME Use-of-English Exam”, The answer is “Sweet Sixteen (Coming of Age)” by Bolaji Abdullahi.

Summary Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen is divided into seven sections; The Letter, The Drive, Work, The Gandhi Test, Dating, Stereotype and Beauty and For the sake of those who will be writing the 2019 UTME, This summary will publish brief reviews of the JAMB 2019 English Novel Sweet Sixteen.


Character and Summary of Sweet 16; JAMB 2019 UTME English Novel

The main character in Sweet Sixteen is Aliya, a 16 year old girl with a curious, fascinating and inquisitive mind.

Aliya has to constantly remind her father that she is not a child but ‘a young adult.’ He does not always agree with her.

But now that she is turning sixteen, he is sitting up and taking notice. The expected birthday card from him is replaced by a present and no holds barred letter – a page for each year she has lived. It chronicles the lessons he has tried to teach her and the wisdom he has attempted to pass to her.It unburdens the burning questions she has about life and sometimes show through the cluelessness of parental units.

Aliya questions who she is and why she is; with her father as a guide on this journey of discovery. An engaging coming of age guide on life and loving for the teenage girl.

Sweet Sixteen Review by Nigerian Journalist

The 2019 JAMB UTME Recommended Text Sweet Sixteen(Coming of Age) by Bolaji Abdullahi was previous reviewed on Tribune by Wale Okediran. Below is a review of the JAMB 2019 Novel.

In Bolaji Abdullahi’s Sweet Sixteen, the protagonist, 16-year-old Aliya, whom her father refers to adoringly as ‘My First Lady,’ bombards her father with questions, some of which threw her journalist father off balance. ‘’Okay Daddy, what does HAK and KOTL mean?,’’Aliya asked. And when the father expressed his ignorance of the acronyms, Aliya gleefully supplied them; ‘’HAK means ‘Hugs and Kisses’ while KOTL means ‘Kiss On The Lips’.

And when she added that some students were caught on the school’s basket- ball court at night having ‘’53X’ (s3x), Mr Bello almost fainted. ‘’But…how do you know all these?,’’ he asked almost in consternation, to which Aliya replied: ‘’Come on Daddy, everybody knows these things.”

Sweet Sixteen – ‘’A Parenting Manual and a Guidebook for Young Adults.”

Divided into seven sections; The Letter, The Drive, Work, The Gandhi Test, Dating, Stereotype and Beauty, Sweet Sixteen’s central focus is a series of conversations between Mr Bello and her 16-year-old intelligent and precocious daughter on the ‘facts of life.’ These are topics which the book’s editor, Molara Wood, referred to on the book’s cover jacket as ‘’everything a teenage girl ever wanted to know but was afraid to ask.”

Mr Bello, as expected of any good father, took responsibility for the education of his daughter, including the tricky but very important aspect of s3x education. Aliya is, therefore, fortunate to have a father who does not leave her to struggle alone with the demons that usually torment teenagers when awash in a flood of hormones and the pull of peer pressure.

The storyline has an upper middle class flavour with luxuriant meals, leisurely Saturday drives and a Mrs Bello, the nurse, often distant from father and daughter. But in the hinterland between fact and fiction, the author is able to deftly sift the core values from the emotion, the treat from the trick and for this, parents and guardians will for ever be grateful.


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