JAMB 2020 Recommended Novel “Sweet Sixteen (16): Summary

Summary of JAMB 2020 Novel “Sweet Sixteen (16)”….What Novel are we reading for Jamb 2020 Use of English? This is one of the frequent questions many JAMB 2020 candidates have been asking me. Without wasting much time, the JAMB 2020 recommended text is Sweet Sixteen (16).

If this is the first time you are going to write Jamb, bear in mind that Jamb recommends novels to be read yearly for JAMB use of English. The Jamb Novel is made compulsory for both art, Science and Commercial students.

JAMB 2020 Summary of Sweet sixteen Recommended Novel

A Majority of JAMB 2020 Use of English questions will come out from the novel. Believe me, sweet sixteen will carry a whole lot of marks. You won’t be happy with yourself failing questions because of refusal to read the novel.

Now you may be contemplating, is sweet sixteen hard or easy to read? How many days will it take me to cover and understand the Jamb new book? Which is simpler between In Dependence and sweet sixteen by Jamb? Continue reading for details and summary of Jamb sweet sixteen (16).

JAMB 2019 novel sweet sixteen summary

JAMB 2020 novel sweet sixteen summary

Title of Novel For Jamb 2020/2021: Sweet Sixteen (16)

The Author of Sweet sixteen (16) is Bolaji Abdullahi

Genre: Genre describes a type of art, literature, or music characterized by a specific form, content, and style. The Genre of Sweet Sixteen is Fiction

The Number of Pages in Sweet Sixteen is 157

Year of Publication: Sweet sixteen was published on February 1, 2017

How long it would take to finish sweet sixteen (16)

If any candidate study 10 pages daily, it will take him or her approximately 15 days to finish the Jamb 2019 novel. I would advise everybody to read the novel at least two times before Jamb exam date.

JAMB Novel sweet sixteen summary

How to get the Novel? Available at Bookstores nationwide and Jamb computer-based centres. You shall get the Novel when you register for Jamb 2020.

Short Description of JAMB 2020 Novel “Sweet Sixteen”

Aliya, at all time, reminds her father that she is not a child but ‘a young adult.’ He does not always agree with her.

But now that she is becoming 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 shows 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 love for the teenage girl.

Review And Summary of Jamb Novel “Sweet Sixteen”

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 made her journalist father unstable.

‘’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 basketball 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.”

In his debut fictional work, Bolaji Abdullahi, who has written extensively over the years on politics, policy and development, laid bare in an absorbing page-turner, murky truths and hitherto unspeakable issues in the ever-challenging world of teenagers and young adults.

The Sweet sixteen is 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 always afraid to ask.”

Another part of the book’s blurb referred to it as ‘’a parenting manual and a guidebook for young adults.”

The above notwithstanding, sociologists, educationists and policy-makers, as well as parents and guardians, are still divided on how much ‘sensitive’ information, especially on s3x education, should be divulged to teenagers.

For example, in a recent UK survey, more than half of parents do not think s3x education should be taught to children at school. According to a poll by baby product website babychild.org.uk; ‘’Many think it is inappropriate to teach children about s3x, whilst others think it should be a parent’s choice to inform their own children.”

However, on the other side of the coin, it is believed that, just as Aliya put it in Sweet Sixteen, most teenagers are already aware of what adults seem to be hiding from them. According to one expert; ‘’Comprehensive s3x education doesn’t encourage kids to have s3x. Just like abstinence-only programs, good comprehensive programs teach students that abstinence is the only surefire way to prevent pregnancy and STDs.

The difference is that these programs also build on students realistic and factual information about the safety of various sexual practices, and how to improve the odds.’’

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In writing Sweet Sixteen, Bolaji Abdullahi, a former Nigerian Minister of Youths and Sports, among other previous jobs, must have critically weighed the above positions before taking on a smorgasbord of young adult topics that ranged from bullying, dating, stereotype, ethics and s3x education, among others.

In pushing out his themes, the author finds a good ally in Aliya Bello, a teenager with a curious, fascinating and inquisitive mind and a devoted as well as a responsible father.

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 such 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 result is a very compelling tale, loaded with morality and textured with a rich lyrical prose and young adult lingo…story-story, my bestie, OMG among others.

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 forever be grateful.

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