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Cherry

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Cherry

From the wonderful screenwriter, playwright and director Lindsey Rosin comes an incredible debut: CHERRY! Although it is a debut, CHERRY was truly a pleasure to read and a real stunner of a book. Rosin blends the perfect amount of comedy, drama, and heartwarming friendship and weaves in a subtle social commentary.

In short, CHERRY is about four best friends who vow to lose their virginity before high school graduation. The book follows their incredible journeys throughout high school. CHERRY addresses the struggles most teens face in their adolescent lives in a humorous and comedic manner. All four of the main characters in this book are incredibly well-developed and as readers, we really get to see all facets of their lives.

"Rosin blends the perfect amount of comedy, drama, and heartwarming friendship and weaves in a subtle social commentary. CHERRY is simultaneously lighthearted and very serious in its discussion of the social pressures of teenage life."

The four girls, Emma, Alex, Zoe and Layla remained close to each other despite their “sex pact." They maintain their relationships with their friends while developing relationships with romantic partners. Each one of the main characters has an incredibly unique personality, ensuring that there is at least one character in the book that is relatable to almost every adolescent. Each of these characters develop varied and unique relationships with secondary characters in the book, and every type of relationship is discussed in detail and presented with a professional humor that only Rosin can accomplish.

I’ve had quite a few favorite books in the past, but this one really takes the cake. CHERRY really has real-world implications that extend on a global, worldwide level. The premise of the book seems very cliché and basic, and based off of it, one would think that there was no story or plot present in the book at all. However, this book addresses an issue present all over the world: the taboo of female sexuality. The way that the young women are depicted in this book is incredibly beautiful. Certainly they are sexual beings with wants and desires, but they are shown as having other interests, hobbies, and families. This sort of depiction in books --- especially for young women --- is incredibly necessary and powerful as it peels back the taboo surrounding female sexuality.

One of the aspects of this book I loved the most was the subtle social commentary and the role models the girls are for real-life teens. The main characters in this book face many of the same issues as actual teenagers and this book really shows the pressure and uncertainty teenagers feel about friendship, sex, love and life after high school. CHERRY is simultaneously lighthearted and very serious in its discussion of the social pressures of teenage life. CHERRY is incredibly sensitive to almost all of the social issues of adolescence. It was honestly so refreshing to read a book that handles common and taboo adolescent issues in such a friendly yet professional manner.

Overall, this is a book I will be reading over and over again, and I would recommend everyone to read this book. However, CHERRY would be most suited to readers in their late teens, or at least readers mature enough to understand the concepts of sex and sexual romantic relationships. This book is very frank in its discussion of sex, I would caution prospective readers about this aspect. All in all, CHERRY was an amazing book and I would very much encourage anyone who can to read it!

Reviewed by Vaishnavi S., Teen Board Member on August 26, 2016

Cherry
by Lindsey Rosin