Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Review: Chocolate Box Girls - Cherry Crush by Cathy Cassidy


Publisher: Puffin
Format: Hardcover
Released: September 2nd, 2010
Grade rating: A-


Amazon summary:

Cherry Costello’s life is about to change forever. She and Dad are moving to Somerset where a new mum and a bunch of brand-new sisters await. And on Cherry’s first day there she meets Shay Fletcher; with suntanned skin and sea-green eyes he’s the kind of boy who should carry a government health warning. But Shay already has a girlfriend, Cherry’s new stepsister, Honey. Cherry knows her friendship with Shay is dangerous – it could destroy everything. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to stay away from him...

Review:

Cathy Cassidy is yet another prolific UK children's author I'd never read until now. I'm not going to lie: I've always thought her books looked too young, which is why I avoided them. Pretty bad, I know. I'm really surprised by how much I enjoyed Cherry Crush, as I had no idea it'd be so fun or addictive.

This is the first in a brand new 5-book series, which I believe is Cassidy's first, and came about due to fan demand. It's the story of Cherry Costello who, along with her father, moves from Glasgow to Somerset to be with his new girlfriend, Charlotte, and her large family. Charlotte has 4 daughters - Honey, Skye, Summer and Coco. They're all roughly around the same age as Cherry, and are like the sisters she never had. I liked all the sisters, though Honey left something to be desired. I know I'm supposed to sympathise with her situation, but I can't be doing with people who behave like that. She's the only aspect of the book I really didn't like, but I can see that her emotional journey was an important part of her family's lives.

Cherry Crush has a great sense of family values, which is what I loved most about it. I'm really close to my family, and seeing that portrayed in books always makes me smile. Family is the most important thing after all, and Cassidy effortlessly shows that with her story of change and self-discovery. Of course, Cherry Crush wouldn't be complete without a little romance, which comes in the form of Honey's boyfriend Shay. He's sweet, supportive and struggling with family problems of his own. He instantly connects with Cherry, and the way their friendship develops is subtle and unassuming.

Cassidy covers so many themes here that it's difficult to mention them all. Loss, truth and acceptance play a big part in Cherry's story, but there's so much more waiting for you within these pages. It's an absolute joy to read, and I think teenagers will love it - if I'd read it when I was 14, I'd have thought I'd won the book lottery. The next instalment, Vanilla Skye, is published in September 2011, and I can't wait. If I could read it now, I would!

21 comments:

♥Iffath said...

I've just recently finished reading this and I do have to say I'm really glad that Cathy Cassidy has chosen to write a series for a change! It was a fantastic book and I'm really looking forward to reading Vanilla Skye!

Great review :)

stilettostorytime said...

Haven't heard of this one...will add to TBR pile. Thanks for the review!

Courtney

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Great review, it just makes me want to read the book even more! :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I've never read Cathy Cassidy before for the same reasons as you, I'm definitely going to now!

Jesse Owen said...

Great review, I wasn't sure I'd like it when I first saw it but it actually sounds quite good :)

Lucie said...

This sounds great! Going to add it to my wishlist!

Becky said...

My students are going to love this. I have taken my copy to work ready for the first day back. I didn't realise it is a five book series. Cool.

Aleksandra said...

Great review! I'm adding it on my wishlist :)

Anonymous said...

I've just finished reading CHERRY CRUSH and I loved it! Its one of the best books I've ever read! Its perfect for my age group (11). I cant wait till VANILLA SKYE!!

Anonymous said...

Read this about a week ago. Ive been a fan of cathy since she visited my primary school, and again, i wasnt disappointed. love cathy cassidy, i have all her books and i cant wait for vanilla skye.
by the way im 14 :)

Amyra Fallah. said...

i havent read this yet
but apparently its ment to be a fantastic book
& i cant wait to read it
lets hope its as good as everyone makes out:)

Anonymous said...

i love this book ive read it twice

Anonymous said...

I just got Cherry Crush and read it in a daaaay!!!:D
I couldn't put the book down!

Can't wait for the other books to come out!!!

Anonymous said...

This Is A Great Book! Gr8 For Everyone aged 10 and up! Cathy Cassidy Is Brilliant! I Have Every Single Book!

Anonymous said...

The Only Thing In the Book Was That U Didnt Mention About The Chocolate Factory Cherry Crush's father Wanted To Set Up! Overall It Was A Good Bookreview!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm getting the book today, and the review just makes me more psyched to get it.
Being 13, these books really hit home for me and I've been a fan of Cathy Cassidy since I first discovered her a couple of years ago.
Cathy Cassidy books have the perfect mixture of real life problems and romance- which is the perfect teenage book.
If you haven't read any of her books, I suggest you start A.S.A.P. :)

Anonymous said...

great book thats why cathy is d best teen writer ever!!

Anonymous said...

great book thats why cathy is d best teen writer ever!!

Anonymous said...

Cathy cassidy u rite fabtastic buks.

Anonymous said...

i luv cherry crush

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