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Cherry by Lindsey Rosin

Monday, August 22, 2016
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.

Goodreads Summary

Cherry, a young adult novel, was very frank and open about sex. It's both refreshing and (for me, not for everyone) a little overdone. The book revolved around Layla thinking she was ready to lose her virginity to her boyfriend, Logan. She made a pact with her three friends to lose their v-cards by the end of the high school. The book has four main characters and their stories are told from their points of view. The reader will get to know each character very well. 

Even though she was potentially the most annoying, Layla was my favorite character. It's difficult to say what each character chose to do or not to do without giving away the book, but I like that Layla was cautious and open-minded. Although she sometimes rushed into an idea, she didn't necessarily rush into completing it. Zoe was the cute and quirky friend. She often felt like she didn't fit in. Emma's character was more no-nonsense and serious. She seemed to skim over the "big deal" of the whole thing. Alex's character was sweet. She had to tell her friends the truth concerning something from her past, but I like that she eventually trusted them enough to be honest to them. Her ending was particularly adorable.

Overall, I'm glad I read this book. I feel somewhat obligated to say that it was nice the book was about sex (because although it is seen in young adult books, it isn't usually so over-stated). I did appreciate the author's commitment to the premise, I did start to get tired of hearing about sex. This book would be a good read for young adult/teen readers who enjoy contemporary fiction.

3 1/2 Stars

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