Jamb Recommended Novel For 2019 Examination

Are you writing the 2019 JAMB examination?

Wondering what the recommended 2019 Jamb novel is?
As 2018 comes to a quick end, so does the tension on JAMB students grows. If you are writing the 2019 JAMB examination and have still do not not know the 2019 Jamb recommended novel, then you do now because the recommended text for Jamb 2019/2020 is Sweet Sixteen.

Note that the above mentioned text is compulsory for both Art, Science and commercial students so try not to skip reading it especially if 2019 will be your first time of sitting for jamb exam. (may it be your last I pray) questions will come from sweet sixteen in Jamb’s use of English for 2019/2020 candidates.

While you study for the forthcoming examinations, I implore you to read and understand sweet sixteen, as you will surely see questions drawn from it. And each question comes with designated marks you don’t want to lose.

If you have written JAMB before, you might be wondering if the new recommended novel will be better than the previous text, independence
If you keep asking yourself “How many days will it take me to understand the Jamb new book?” I bet you won’t have enough time to engulf the book for your exams next year. For you, a summary of Jamb sweet sixteen has been written below.

Title of Novel For Jamb 2019: Sweet Sixteen
Author of Sweet sixteen: Bolaji Abdullahi
Genre: Fiction
Number of Pages: 157
Publication Year: February 1, 2017

Short Description of Sweet Sixteen

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 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 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 basketball court at night having immoral fun, 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.

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.”

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 programmes, good comprehensive programmes teach students that abstinence is the only surefire way to prevent pregnancy and STDs.

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

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In writing Sweet Sixteen, BolajiAbdullahi, 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 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 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.


I bet you have gotten an idea of all the jamb recommended Nobel entails… Now it’s time to grab a copy and read. You will get one once you register for JAMB examinations.

Reading the novel, won’t take more than 10 days if you study it part by part and bit by bit. If you have finished the novel, read it again before exams


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