Layla, Alexis, Zoe and Emma are four best friends with not a lot in common. Well, except one thing… But they’re determined to lose ‘that thing’ by the time they graduate high school. Yes, the time has come to Do It. To make love. To have all the sex. It’s momentous, it’s huge, it’s important and it’s life-changing. Or… is it?
Although each of the girls sets out with a pretty certain idea of what the Big Moment will be like, as they’ll discover, life doesn’t always work out the way you expect. And in their search for something huge, important and life-changing, they’ll discover that they already have it – in each other.
How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Contemporary / LGBTQIA
Review: Honestly I’m kinda stuck on how to review Cherry. On one side it does a lot of things really well and on the other I’m sitting on the fence…
Cherry is very positive in its approach to sex. It can be awkward, sometimes better, sometimes there are fireworks. Layla, Alexis, Zoe and Emma talk about/or experience porn/sexting and masturbation. They also deal with the usual double standards because that will never go away (apparently). Cherry is non-judgemental throughout which makes it even better.
Yet I kinda got stuck on the whole idea of a ‘virginity pact’. It’s the premise of the book and Cherry wouldn’t be there otherwise but putting a timeline your virginity, I don’t know.
Also I couldn’t connect with any of the characters so my emotional involvement in their story wasn’t there.
I’d recommend Cherry as a positive book for how sex is handled within YA.