One of the only saving graces I can think of for being sick is the increased amount of time available in which to read. At just gone midnight, I finished my 7th book of September, and my 33rd of the 2016 Reading Challenge.
Author: Lindsey Rosin
Category: #51 A debut novel
“My Mom says that having a feeling of déjà vu means you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.”
Cherry tells the story of four high school seniors, Layla, Emma, Alex and Zoe, who make a pact to lose their virginity before they graduate. Told through all four girls point of views, four story arcs quickly develop. Although the novel is predominantly white middle class, there was some LGBT representation, bumping up the diversity factor.
The primary theme of this book is friendship: the quartet are (almost) always supportive of each other and their choices. The characters are well developed individuals, each with their own distinctive interests, and as a group they flourish. As a YA contemporary, it is brilliantly blunt and forward (it certainly attacks the topic of sex head-on), which is rare in such a novel.
Whilst I did enjoy this novel, and for a debut it is fantastic, it almost tied itself up too neatly with a bow on top. Life is not as straightforward as that.
I flew through this book – it was strangely addictive – although it didn’t feel entirely realistic as there wasn’t enough drama amongst the four friends and their prospective partners. I enjoyed the plot, which was funny, frank, and profoundly more open than any YA contemporary I’ve read to date, but it all felt too simple: being a teenage girl is no fairytale.
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