Yes, I’m doing one of those strange things I rarely do here (a review), but I just HAD to share this book with you! Popping the Cherry by Aurelia B. Rowl blew my socks off. Here’s a little more about it…
From driving tests to relationships, Valentina Bell thinks she's a failure, with a big fat capital F. At this rate, she's certain she'll be a virgin forever. So Lena's friends plan Operation: Popping the Cherry to help her find the perfect first time. Yet somehow disastrous dates with bad boy musicians and fabulous evenings with secretly in-the-closet guys aren't quite working out how Lena planned. Soon Lena's avoiding Operation: Popping the Cherry to spend time with comforting, aloof Jake, her best friend's older brother, who doesn't make her feel self-conscious about still clinging to her V card. But could Jake show Lena that sometimes what you're looking for most is right by your side?
A Forever for the 21st Century
I was a closet YA fan until I started writing this review…
Popping the Cherry by Aurelia B. Rowl sucked me in from the first page. I’m not much of a fan for books written in first person, but there are a few which have hooked me and held me hostage, and this did exactly the same thing.
Popping the Cherry begins with poor Valentina ‘Lena’ just having failed her driving test and having been dumped by her steady boyfriend for not giving up her V card. I was on par Lena’s emotional grid from almost the first page. The author drew me in with stellar writing and had me instantly relating to Lena as a fully fleshed, flawed and sympathetic character.
After her friends slap Lena with an intervention, giving her until her eighteenth birthday to lose her virginity, I could not put it down. I devoured this in two days, between pulling an almost all-nighter last night and making every second of my lunch hour count today.
Lena’s emotional journey was heart breaking, almost shocking, funny and moreish. The growing love and friendship with her best friend’s brother, Jake, had me flipping through the pages at record speed, while not skipping a word. Even though the chapters were themed and I thought I could guess what came next, I didn’t get one scenario right.
I don’t want to give too much of the story away as it ruins the fun. I will say Popping the Cherry is breath taking, addictive and extremely alluring. I read and read in a race to the finish but at the same time didn’t want it to end. Well done Ms Rowl. Can’t wait for your next book!
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