Friday, 20 December 2013
Review: Popping the Cherry by Aurelia B. Rowl
Released: September 19th, 2013
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?
Popping the Cherry is a new eBook-only NA title from British author Aurelia B. Rowl. It's a fast, fun read with an underlying serious tone I wasn't expecting, not to mention some great male characters and, for the most part, believable situations.
As can be gleaned from the title alone, Popping the Cherry starts off being about Lena and her wish to lose her virginity so she can catch up with her friends. They concoct Operation: Popping the Cherry, which entails Lena going on dates with guys off a shortlist. Although this is the catalyst for numerous things that happen in the book, it isn't actually the main focus of the story. It's always there, but not always at the forefront.
I liked Lena, though I did wonder how so many bad things could happen to one person. The situations she got herself into weren't always the most realistic, and a scene at a party was the final straw for me - it served the plot where the relationship with Lena and Jake was concerned, but I can't believe one girl could have three close calls in the space of a few weeks.
Speaking of Jake, the main male character and older brother of Lena's best friend, he was quite lovely. He was basically a knight in shining armour, always showing up and helping Lena sort herself out. He was also kind, thoughtful, chivalrous... pretty much the perfect guy, but sadly the kind who only seem to exist in novels. His relationship with Lena was my favourite part of Popping the Cherry, and I'm glad it went in my preferred direction.
Popping the Cherry covers many things, from peer pressure to girls being aware of their surroundings, and it's a good read for older teenagers who may find themselves in similar situations. The writing is as good as most other NA titles on the market, the characters are all memorable and the author does a great job of tapping into her target market. I'll be on the lookout for more from Aurelia B. Rowl - I'm always happy to read more British New Adult!