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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,386 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernessa T. Carter Narrator: Adenrele Ojo Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9780062012500
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“32 cheers for Ernessa T. Carter! She’s created one of the freshest, funniest characters I’ve ever read….32 Candles is a charmer.”
—Carleen Brice, author of Orange Mint and Honey

 

32 Candles by exciting newcomer Ernessa T. Carter is the slightly twisted, utterly romantic, and deftly wry story of Davie Jones, who, if she doesn’t stand in her own way, just might get the man of her dreams.  For fans of John Hughes’s “Sixteen Candles”, 32 Candles is a fresh and fun fiction debut for every fan of romantic comedy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ernessa T. Carter is a fresh new voice. In Davie Jones, she has created a wicked yet empathetic character. I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

    Terry McMillan, New York Times author of Waiting to Exhale

  • “This summer’s juiciest beach read…Carter winds up this disarmingly moving tale with not one but many surprises, in which both Davie and you will win.”

    Essence

  • “[Davie’s] need for sweet revenge adds a welcome dark edge.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A debut tragicomic romance…Potent and well rendered.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 2/19/2014

    " Iliked it wish it were a little deeper though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rebekah | 2/5/2014

    " Hot pink background, big black afro, 80's reference in the the title? This book practically leaped off the shelf into my hot little hand. This is currently my new favorite book. Davidia Jones, poor, black and mute by choice wants her Molly Ringwald ending. And like most girls that grew up in the 80's and 90's actually believes that love can happen just like in the movies. Has all the potential to be a really crappy novel, but it was great! Funny, touching and surprising! Very cinematic, and if someone hasn't already optioned the rights, I want to write the screenplay! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yola | 2/4/2014

    " I loved every bit of this love story : ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory | 1/18/2014

    " I didn't always think that main character was making good choices, but I always liked her. This story isn't entirely realistic, but I liked it nevertheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ondrian | 1/16/2014

    " This book kept me entertained the whole way through. The main character is a very special brand of crazy. I appreciate the authors creation of a story that is unbelievably believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 1/11/2014

    " excellent - original and entertaining "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Niketa | 1/7/2014

    " Too much unnecessary drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SassieFrassie | 1/7/2014

    " Enjoyable and entertaining with some surprising plot twists. Wish that I could have learned more about Davie's internal struggle to reinvent herself. Impressive debut novel. May read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sassyb | 12/31/2013

    " Starts off slow but picks up momentum, right in time. Within 200 pages, I couldn't bring myself to put it down because the story's twists and turns were soo intriguing. I really liked this book! Kudos to Ernesta Carter!! I look forward to more novels from her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trinna Williams | 12/22/2013

    " A very good book. I not only fell in love with Davie but I adored Nicky! He cracked me up. I'm sure everyone has a family member like Nicky and Mama Jean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith Nunley | 12/13/2013

    " This was the best piece of fiction I read in the last 4+ years! Amazing read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 11/15/2013

    " Great read, made me laugh out loud many times, and at turns hurt and cheer for these memorable characters. I loved Davie Jones and her saucy ways, she is an underdog worth rooting for! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 11/15/2013

    " Predictable but fun to read. Liked the 80s references. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 7/16/2013

    " Cute story; a little longer than it needed to be. At some points I wanted the author to go ahead and wrap it. All in all, it was fun to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 4/3/2013

    " Started off great, but went downhill "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisol Ybarra | 10/2/2012

    " If you love 'Sixteen Candles' the way I did, you will love this book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ms dailey | 8/8/2012

    " I'm really enjoying this story and the author's writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tay | 4/20/2012

    " This is the best book i have read all year. A page turner....it took me less then 12 hours to read. The book was sad, funny, full of drama and love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 4/18/2012

    " The story of Davidia Jones and her journey through life had me cringing, laughing, and cheering all the way through. Carter's descriptions of the characters and their emotions throughout the novel were dead on. Definitely an enjoyable read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 3/30/2012

    " loved it at the beginning, didn't finish as strong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/3/2012

    " I couldn't stop reading it! It was really fun and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 12/11/2011

    " I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. The whole time I wanted to know what was going to happen to Davie and James. Definitely a feel good book. For me one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexa | 10/9/2011

    " I'm going to have to put this one with my books by Terry McMillan for reading during bad weeks and plane rides (like the one I was on today). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 5/20/2011

    " So many Molly Ringwald references and the leading charater was easy to identify with - excellent, fun story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ghira | 4/19/2011

    " Delightful and refreshing! Loved it!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/16/2011

    " That was a hilarious book and very enjoyable to listen to. I laughed out loud many times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tarah | 4/15/2011

    " Can't wait for the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 4/13/2011

    " Iliked it wish it were a little deeper though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shamr0ck | 4/13/2011

    " luvd it ready 2 read it again, already "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/12/2011

    " If you loved 16 candles, Jake Ryan and Molly Ringwald, this is the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 4/9/2011

    " A fun book! Incredibly sad, but triumphant in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candese | 3/29/2011

    " Such a fresh new voice. Loved it, had a great time reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 3/25/2011

    " I really liked it - a black teenager from Mississipi who really wants her life to turn out like Molly Ringwald's in 16 candles. There are parts of life I know nothing about, and I liked the characters - even the ones you're not supposed to like. "

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About the Author
Author Ernessa T. Carter

Nikki Walton is a licensed psychotherapist with a master's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina and the founder of CurlyNikki.com. Born in St. Louis, she now resides in Pennsylvania.

Coauthor Ernessa T. Carter, a graduate of Smith College with an master of fine arts from Carnegie Mellon, is the author of the novel 32 Candles and the founding editor of FierceandNerdy.com. She lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Adenrele Ojo is an actress, dancer, and audiobook narrator. She made her onscreen debut in My Little Girl, starring Jennifer Lopez, and has since starred in several other films. She has also performed extensively with the Philadelphia Dance Company. She works as the general manager of Tupu Kweli Theatre Company in New York, which is under the artistic direction of Curtiss Cook.