A Great Coming of Age Story: Cherry by Lindsey Rosin

A Great Coming of Age Story: Cherry by Lindsey RosinCherry
by Lindsey Rosin
Release Date: August 16th 2016
Published by Simon Pulse
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Amanda Dolan
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
Pages: 400
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three-half-stars
Source: Audiobook Received for Review

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.

Audiobook Received for Review in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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One of my biggest pet peeves about YA is that most of the time, books pretend like if teen sex doesn’t exist or they make it seem like a bad thing. I always love a good YA book that is sex positive and although some people may be offended by this book (from the looks of it as I was scrolling Goodreads reviews *shrugs*), I felt like Cherry did a good job at tackling such a sensitive subject.

This four group of friends is really close and they love to take some time out every week to hang out and just talk. When Layla, who is the only one of the group with a serious boyfriend, announces that she will lose her virginity by the end of the year, the other girls are shocked…at first, until they all admit they are all curious about sex. They decide there that they should all lose their virginities by the end of the year.  Each girl has a different outlook on sex and their personalities are so different that it really is interesting to see how they all think about sex. Layla is the girl who loves to plan everything out, down to the last detail. Her ‘lose the V-Card’ plan has steps and deadlines and is complete with cheesy and cliché Valentine’s Day ideas. Since she has a boyfriend, she should have no trouble with her plan, or so she thinks.  Alex claims to have already lost her virginity last Summer, but she isn’t telling the full story. Emma is the most laid back from the bunch and really doesn’t understand what’s the big deal about having sex, so… sure she’ll give it a shot. Then there’s poor Zoe, who can’t even think about sex without giggling and turning as red as her hair.

I wasn’t really prepared for having 4 stories instead of one, and I was a little bit annoyed when I realized this because I hate listening to one narrator narrate so many characters, but Amanda Dolan did a really good job with giving each character their own voice and personality. It was very easy to follow along the audiobook and not get confused as to who was ‘talking’ at the time. Although the concept of four teenage girls losing their virginity may sound a bit silly, this was actually a really great book with a lot of substance. Sure, it starts off with that as the main goal, but each girl discovers so much about themselves along the way. What I loved about this book is that nothing turns out the way each girl (and I, for that matter) expected things to go. Just goes to show, that no matter what goals you have or how much you may plan, life always has a way of knowing what’s best for you.

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Nereyda is a 31 year-old mother of two girls with addiction to Friends, fashion, books, Pinterest, Netflix, the color black and a little bit of everything else. Also, the world's worst texter...
  • I typically like Amanda Dolan but I can see where the four perspectives can get tiring. I thought that this book would read like a teen comedy/drama movie but happy that it explored so much about sex!

  • Rummanah Aasi

    I always found it ironic that books and other media can have as much violence and language but not sex. I don’t know how or where that line started. I’m glad this book explored the different journeys and the different viewpoints on this tough subject.

  • Jasprit

    This sounds like a wonderful book Nereyda! I do love my books that deal with sex in a positive way too, there’s only been a handful of books that I’ve read that have been pretty decent in that regard, so I’m definitely excited about giving this book a go! Also you know me I love getting audiobook recommendations, so thank you for putting this book on my radar! 🙂

  • I’m all for sex positive YA books! Though at one point, I read a YA book that over-sensualised sex as if the characters were actual adults who knew what they were doing. That’s a big no-no for me. I ended up DNFing the book instead.

  • I love a good sex positive book in YA as they are really few and far between. I mean, they don’t need all the details like you get in romance but if they can make it seem like having sex isn’t a cardinal sin that would be great. I probably won’t read as I’m not a fan of it being 4 separate stories but it does sound like a decent read.

  • Oh sheesh. I’m having a hard time resisting the eye roll with that plan. Also, I’m probably the only mom to a teen who is severely ignorant of “sex positive” themes in YA novels. Total failure.