REVIEW: Cherry by Lindsey Rosin

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“There’s a first time for everything.”

Back of the book blurb:

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.

A message in a bottle:

Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781481459082

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My rating:

            I just want to go ahead and say up front that Cherry needs to be on everyone’s TBRs and honestly, it is one of the MOST IMPORTANT novels that I’ve read in 2016—especially for teen girls.

            Lindsey Rosin takes on a huge and supremely important issue in Cherry. She’s crafted four amazing young girls who make a pact to lose their virginities… together. Not together together, but together, you know? And whether you believe virginity is a social construct or you buy into society’s puritanical bullshit where girls are only pure when they’re virgins (sorry I’m trying to be unbiased… doesn’t really work out for me) Cherry shows how it’s okay to be a virgin and it’s okay to not be a virgin. Lindsey Rosin points out that having sex or not having sex doesn’t define your character. And we need to all think this way.

            There won’t be any quotes in this review, mainly because I thought this book came out a lot earlier this year and not just a few days ago, so I didn’t think I was going to review it. There are plenty of worthy quotes to put in this review, but I didn’t save any, so… whoops.

            One of the biggest themes that runs throughout Cherry, which I also think might be the most important besides being comfortable with having sex or not having sex, is that it’s okay to get to know your body. Everyone is different and you shouldn’t be ashamed to find out what you like and what you don’t like. And if you’re comfortable with your body, it’ll be so much easier when or if you decide to have sex. And again, it’s okay to be assertive with what you want and what you don’t want when it comes to your own body. Lindsey Rosin does an exceptional job in giving her four characters amazing voices, even if they have to struggle to find them at first.

            Aside from all of the important issues that are tackled in Cherry, Lindsey Rosin also crafts four incredible and lovable main characters that are best friends. Lady power is so prominent in this book and it’s honestly glorious! Layla, Alex, Emma, and Zoe are ultimate friendship goals… let’s be real!

            Each girl stands out in their own unique and powerful way and you will end up rooting for each and every one of them throughout the novel. Cherry gives you flawed, real characters that make you want to be apart of The Crew, which is what these four girls call their group. Each girl goes on their own journey to find themselves, but their individual stories intricately intertwine with their friend’s stories and it’s so completely beautiful to watch these girls grow, argue, experiment, and ultimately become people who they can be proud of. And trust me, you’ll be proud of them, too.

            If you don’t like sex in teen novels, then this one isn’t for you. I mean, you should’ve known there’d be sex, considering the girls make a sex pact in the prologue. Anyway, Lindsey Rosin writes about the girls having sex in such an uninhibited way that isn’t so fantastical like it is in a lot of the NA romance novels I read where the girl gets off in the first five minutes of meeting a guy. She writes the sex in a way that teenagers are having sex—clumsily, nervously, sometimes romantic, and sometimes not. And I think this is so important because a lot of novels give younger readers such a wrong impression of how sex can be… especially your first time. You won’t always find those fireworks… (when you read the novel, because you will, you’ll figure out that allusion.)

            Okay, I’ll stop gushing now. Just know that Cherry is incredible and important and please pick it up and start teaching young girls that sex is okay and not having sex is okay and getting to know your body is okay.

Happy Reading!
The Wandereader

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