by Lindsey Rosin
There’s a first time for everything . . .
Layla, Alex, 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.
This classic coming-of-age story is both funny and frank. It’s a story about friendships and growing-up, choices and mistakes, first times and last times. Above all, it’s a story about having the time of your life with the people that you love.
I have to say this book was pretty funny.
Four girls, a sex pact and only limited time till graduation, it’s a novel that will send you laughing.
Sex was obviously the focus of this book and I admit I did squirm and cringe quite a lot but I loved watching all of the friends grow together through a common experience.
I enjoyed the fact that this was a story about girls exploring their sexuality. The book is open about masturbation, lesbian sex and orgasms. It focuses on how women can enjoy sex and that it is a mutual act. The story pretty much smashes the misconception that sex is only for guys. The girls are open about their fears, desires, worries and experiences.
There is a slight negative side though. I didn’t like how the girls almost felt pressured to have sex. The girls just so happened to commit themselves to a sex pact when they’re beginning to find love – COINCIDENCE MUCH. I didn’t like how there was a deadline to lose your virginity and the urgency sort of removed some of the romance from it. Whilst being part of this pact, they all have their own individual storylines and in a weird way, the sex pact sort of united the four girls. Layla and her tendency to overplan, Alex and her spontaneous nature, Emma and her sexuality and Zoe finally coming out of her shell. Each of the girl at the end learn something.
For a book that deals with a serious topic, I enjoyed the light-hearted way it was dealt with. It’s not a heavy book, it’s a very fun one that deals with serious issues which made the book even more persuasive for me. But then again, the book’s lightness did take away some of the depth that the book could have. Furthermore, The girl’s tight friendship meant that they were supporting each other whilst also making a hilarious jokes about each other’s sexual experience. I also loved how this book surrounded a close female friendship. At the same time, the books doesn’t characterise their friendship as all sunshines and laughs. The girls do have a massive fight but the story makes sure to show that it is their love for each other that allows them to give in and apologise, further strengthening their friendship.
In summary, I’m sure you will enjoy ‘Cherry’. It’s an entertaining and light-hearted story that will nevertheless teach you that your sexuality is not something to be ashamed of.