August 16th, 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.
When I read the blurb of Cherry, I knew I wanted to read it. Four best friends, about to graduate, creating a sex pact? I am in! I’m so glad I finally picked up this book, because I absolutely adored it.
“I’m just saying if you ever need, like, a hand… or.. or a penis…”Nick laughed before the word “penis” even came all the way out of his mouth. “I’m happy to help.”
“aw,” Emma said. “No one’s ever offered me their penis before.”
Layla, Emma, Alex and Zoe have a couple months left until graduation.. and before they have to part to each go to college. Layla, being the planner she is, has created a to do list with things she wants to do before graduation. Get highlights, make an A in English Lit.. and have sex with her boyfriend of two years. Before you know, The Crew (as the girls are called) have created the sex pact: they will all lose their virginity before graduation together. Not together together, but seperately together. Layla has the perfect plan to loose it on Valentine’s Day, Alex says she’s already lost her v-card, Emma is the first one of the bunch to loose hers after the sex pact has been created and Zoe starts giggling as soon as something says the word orgasm, so they so conveniently start using the word fireworks instead. And they invent the sexie, the after sex selfie, to send to The Chat as proof after they’ve done the dirty. Layla even creates a whole Sex Doc, with all the tips and tricks for the big deed. The girls find out that sex isn’t all roses and cotton candy and their journey to the fireworking is a funny, cute and sweet read.
“Before high school ends, we are going to do this together,”
“But not together together,” Alex teased.
“right. We’ll do it.. concurrently. With the right person at the right time..” Alex and Emma nodded firmly in agreement. Zoe managed to tip her head forward slight,y which was more than good enough for Layla. “We’re having sex!” she exclaimed. And that was it.
I loved this book A LOT. It was a pretty fresh take on the ‘sex pact’ story, and I loved the friendship the girls had between them, since they’ve known eachother forever. They are so open about everything, even ‘fireworking’, whilst sharing their Sunday froyo’s at The Big Chill. I loved how each of them was different, and how they all complemented each other, but also all had lives outside of their friendgroup. I think The Crew is now one of my top favorite friendships I’ve read in YA books. Another thing I loved, which we don’t see in YA books, are the details. As I said, the girls are very open about their sex lives and what goes on between the sheets and usually in YA that is skipped over. Not in this book. It’s also not glorified. Books and movies make it seem like it’s a magical ride, but in reality it’s awkward and messy and there aren’t always ‘fireworks’ involved. And I loved how Rosin captured that in this book, it made it way more realistic that way.
“Boys want head, but then they don’t want to give it back. Not only is that lame, but it also sucks, because it’s, like, probably the best way to orgasm-“
“Or firework or whatever we’re calling it for Zoe…”
All in all, it’s a funny and sweet read and a great take on exploring your sexuality and all that jazz in high school. A lot of the time when there are multiple pov’s in books I prefer one or two of them, but in this case I loved reading from all of their perspectives, which is rare. But which means that Rosin did a really great job on all the characters. Cherry is a perfect summer read. It’s not super fluffy, but it’s cute and in my opinion, has the focus on both the sex pact and the strong friendship between the girls and that is what I’m here for in YA books.