Mature Young Adult/New Adult fiction
Release date: 19 September 2013
Publisher: Carina (Harlequin UK)
This book is a really cute fun read! After reading the second chapter I was concerned. I'm not in favor of peer pressure and felt like she was getting it from her friends in the very start of the book. Lena felt it was either give up her virginity or give up her friends. In reality it isn't really like that. Her friends love her and are just trying to open her eyes that the first time is rarely what we are all brought up to expect. That's clearly seen when you keep reading. So keep reading! I quickly got over feeling how I felt and saw it for what it really was, young women being young women telling a friend a cold hard truth and plan to help. More like a misguided trainwreck of plan. I'm sure many of us have done the same, loosing sight of the romance behind loosing our virginity or being let down when it wasn't what we hoped. Her friends saw sex as I and a lot of my friends saw sex at that age. It's one of the many endearing things that made me fall for this book. It's perfect for girls or young women during that time of life when you just don't know if you should follow the crowd and give it up or keep waiting for Mr.Right.
All the characters to me were interesting. I bet Nanna could have some awesome tales to tell. Her friends are wonderful too in their imperfect ways. In fact I'd love to read a book on any of them. They are British. Even with several friends over the pond I still had to use the kindle dictionary to see what some of the words meant. It was either that or risk waking said friends since I always get the time zones mixed up.Yes, if I don't know a word I have to know it type of person. haha Most are pretty clear in their meanings.
Poor Lena is a tough girl from the start. However, she like most of us are stubborn, often misguided, and have some emotional growing up to do. It makes her loveable and relatable to many I think. She faces some major and minor mishaps other young women find themselves in from time to time and IMO makes some pretty good choices on some of them.
Jake, well you really have to read the book to get to know him yourself.
I was surprised in how Popping the Cherry turned out to be an amazing coming of age tale! It would make one heck of a romantic comedy movie with a little bit action tossed in if it were ever a book to movie.
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Aurelia B. Rowl lives on the edge of the Peak District with her very understanding husband, their two fantastic children, and their mad rescue mutt who doesn’t mind being used as a sounding post and source of inspiration. She regularly wows them all with her curious, hastily thrown together meals when she gets too caught up with her latest writing project... or five!... and she has developed the fine art of ignoring the housework.
Aurelia writes Young Adult/New Adult crossover fiction and contemporary romance. She is currently busy writing the standalone companion novels to both Popping the Cherry and Christmas is Cancelled.
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