XVI by Julia Karr
Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world-even the most predatory of men-that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past-one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.
4 out of 5 stars. Kinda the opposite of The Scarlet Letter in a way. Teenage girls encouraged to have sex without thinking the consequences of it. Of course the main character, Nina, doesn't go in for all that. She wants to hold on to her innocence, not the norm for girls her age. I didn't love the characters but I did love what the story is trying to teach us...don't let the government tell you what is right, follow your heart, Think for yourself.