Book Title:
Cherry
Book Author:
Lindsey Rosin
Publishing Date:
August 16th, 2016
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Date Read:
August 19th, 2016
Source:
ARC from publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

In this honest, frank, and funny debut novel, four best friends make a pact during their senior year of high school to lose their virginities—and end up finding friendship, love, and self-discovery along the way.

To be honest, the sex pact wasn’t always part of the plan.

Layla started it. She announced it super casually to the rest of the girls between bites of frozen yogurt, as if it was just simply another addition to her massive, ever-evolving To Do List. She is determined to have sex for the first time before the end of high school. Initially, the rest of the crew is scandalized, but, once they all admit to wanting to lose their v-cards too, they embark on a quest to do the deed together... separately.

Layla’s got it in the bag. Her serious boyfriend, Logan, has been asking for months.

Alex has already done it. Or so she says.

Emma doesn’t know what the fuss is all about, but sure, she’ll give it a shot.

And Zoe, well, Zoe can’t even say the o word without bursting into giggles.

Will everything go according to plan? Probably not. But at least the girls have each other every hilarious, heart-warming, cringe-inducing step of the way.

From debut author Lindsey Rosin, Cherry is a coming-of-age, laugh-out-loud tale of first times, last chances, and the enduring friendships that make it all worthwhile.

My Review

“One serving of frozen yogurt later, sex was no longer simply a daydream or a wet dream or a piece of juicy gossip that happened to somebody else.”

If the idea of reading a YA contemporary based around sex makes you blush, cringe, or shake your head, then you should probably skip Cherry.  However, if you are into the idea of a young adult novel that deals with mature themes (and be warned – this isn’t just a subplot in the book..the entire basis of this novel is about four girls making sex pact), then you’ll probably like this.

Layla, Zoe, Alex, and Emma are in their senior year of high school.  Best friends, they do pretty much everything together – so when Layla sits down at a table one day during their weekly frozen yogurt hang out and declares that the girls should enter into a sex pact together – each of them losing their virginity before graduation, they’re all on board.  Things should be easy for Layla…she’s ready, and her boyfriend of two years has been ready for a long time.  Zoe is the shy girl with frizzy red hair and the ability to blush even thinking about the word sex.  Emma will do pretty much whatever…so she’s up for the challenge.  Alex has told everyone she already had sex a few years back, but in reality, that might have been a lie.  So which girls are going to have sex before they graduate, and what types of new relationships and friendships will form?

The novel is broken into chapters that count down until graduation day, such as “169 days to graduation…” and “100 days to graduation…”  I found this format to be pretty interesting actually.  Each chapter features a section about each girl, instead of giving them their own chapter – the narration was in the third person, which was nice, because it made it easier to keep track or who was doing what throughout the book.  While I usually like first person narration, I really appreciated the third person in Cherry.

The book also features a character who is interested in the same sex; I believe that the way that the gradual self discovery with this character happens was written very well.  While I did have a bit of time getting into this book in the beginning, because the characters seemed to lack a lot of depth or really make a lasting impression, by the middle of this book I loved all four of them and was completely hooked on what was happening in their lives.  At first I thought it was going to be confusing, dealing with four different characters who seemed to be kind of similar, but it’s amazing to see just how different they become and how much they learn about themselves by the time their sex pact deadline ends and they graduate.  If you’re like me, and really, really get excited for a book with plenty of character growth, then you might want to check into this, because there is just so much of it.

When I finished reading Cherry, I put the book down and thought, “Finally!  A young adult novel that isn’t afraid to talk about sex – it isn’t a forbidden subject for once, and it’s amazing!”  Lindsey Rosin has opened up a new area of young adult fiction – a path that many YA authors seem to overlook or pass over, and it’s incredible.  It shows that the genre doesn’t really have to be incredibly prudish, as it seems to have been.  Yes, I know that many teenagers’ parents aren’t too keen on their kids reading about sex…but many sixteen and seventeen year old readers are beyond mature enough to read about this type of situation, so honestly, I see no problems.  There are plenty of other novels out there if this isn’t your cup of tea, right?

“Apparently, maybe, there was a limit to every sort of thing.
Even love, she thought.
Maybe, she hated to think, especially love.”

Cherry is a YA contemporary that brings out a lot of emotions and thoughts after reading.  At times it was the sweetest romance – especially with Layla and her boyfriend, Logan, and at other times I felt like crying right along with certain characters when things weren’t looking so great.  I wished I had a pint of Ben and Jerry’s to go along with this book!

If you like contemporary YA romance, and don’t mind the more mature themes that this book deals with, then I hope you plan on giving it a try, because it was a really great read!

4 stars
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4 Responses to Cherry by Lindsey Rosin

  1. Stacie says:

    I’ve seen the title of this book floating around the blogosphere, but I had not heard what it was about until now. It definitely seems interesting how the four of them will turn out if and when they have sex. I just might have to check this book out one day. Plus, that cover is so pretty! It’s simple, yet still pretty on the eyes. You wrote an awesome review!

    • Kelly says:

      Oh I know – the cover for this book is amazingly pretty! It goes to show that sometimes a simple cover is a great eye catcher! If you do read this one, I hope you like it!

  2. Deanna says:

    What a great review! Cherry sounds like such a fun and different book. I need to add it to my TBR!

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