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Popping The Cherry (Facing the Music, Book 1) by [Rowl, Aurelia B.]
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Popping The Cherry (Facing the Music, Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in Facing the Music (2 Book Series)
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4270 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Carina; 1 edition (19 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E8F97LQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Popping the Cherry is a fabulous novel that gripped me from the first page.
When I started reading it, I thought it would perhaps be a YA tale of the mean girl versus the nice, normal girl but it was SO much more! It was a story about coming of age, about that transformation when you see your parents as people and not just outdated oldies, about realising that your best friend is not as perfect as you always thought she was and it is also a very beautiful and well written romance.
PTC tells the story of Valentina Bell whose friends decide to help her to lose her virginity with Operation: Popping the Cherry. Lena goes through all the wonderfully horrid ups and downs of being a British teen and I was with her all the way. She sees her own flaws in all their glorious colour and the first person narrative allows the reader to empathise completely with her doubts, her fears, her confusion and her attempts at moving on when she thinks that she can’t possibly get the guy she wants. I really liked Lena and was able to identify with her as she reminded me a lot of myself at that age, although this also meant that I cringed with her when she got some things really wrong.
The characters in PTC are realistic and cleverly written and it is clear that Aurelia Rowl has put a lot of hard work and thought into their creation. The hero of the story, hunky builder Jake, will no doubt have younger readers swooning. I have to admit, I swooned a bit myself.
I also really liked that PTC has a moral message about being true to yourself, regardless of what your friends are doing or what you think you should be doing. I like strong, brave characters and although Lena makes some mistakes, as all teens do, she learns from them and develops as a character.
I am excited to know that there will be follow up novels and look forward to reading the next one! 
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Popping the cherry is a light hearted teen romance with a deeper, darker underbelly. I thoroughly enjoyed it if at times I found the main character a little too irritating, allowing herself to be swayed by her friends. It's main theme (which is obvious from the title) makes the novel an upper end YA novel. I'd suggest Age 16+

The romance element is well thought out and had me as torn between the guys as Lena is herself! My favourite character is Lena's 'secondary friend' Flick, who is much much nicer than her so called best Friend. I love the British element, and the British slang. It feels real and believable and I will look forward to reading more of Aurelia's YA novels in the future.
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Valentina's friends are on a mission – to find her a suitable partner in order to lose her virginity by her eighteenth birthday. She agrees, sort of, but is full of uncertanties. She knows that to bend to peer pressure just to 'lose it' is not her style and even though her colourful group of friends are with her throughout, supporting her along they way, she's determined to do it her way.

Lena (Valentina) is a thoroughly likeable, well drawn, central character. Written in the first person allows the reader to get firmly into her head, making the whole story so much more personal. She's of full of emotional turmoil, in love with someone she thinks is 'out of bounds' and that thread alone keeps the story moving along at a cracking pace with tears and laughter. This is a great story for all age groups but I know a teenage audience will gobble it up. I look forward to reading more of Aurelia's books.
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The last time I read a YA novel I'm guessing I probably was a young adult myself. Forever by Judy Blume was the book of choice amongst us convent girls and I wondered if Popping the Cherry could possibly live up to expectations and it did! Downright sexy at times and provocative at others I found myself shaking my head on more than one occasion at some of the crazy decisions Lena made but hey, we were all young once! A really great read and not just for teens!
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I loved this book, poor Lena and her good meaning friends.

Lena doesn't have much luck in her life 'romance wise' for bad dates or horrible guys - it's a wonder she didn't give up. I love the chemistry between Lena and Jake, more than once I groaned for Lena and wanted to shout at her as if she were real and a friend of mine.

I thought it would be another teen book but I was very surprised and loved the book, I would like for the book to have a few follow-ups though, both so we can see how far Lena & Jake go, as to me the book ended on a happy for now - not a happily ever after.. Although they are only in their young twenties - so to be fair I don't mind that.

This book is definitely worth a read, don't be put off by the title thinking it's just a YA romance. I had trouble putting this down and going to work!

Highly recommend!!
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I purchased this for my kindle after it was recommended for my by Amazon. Sadly for me I am far from considered a YA however, I was really pleased that I bought it. This book is very well written, and sucked me in straight away. The story was certainly unpredictable in certain areas and thoroughly enjoyable. I found this book to be a 'page turner' and couldn't wait to see the story through to the end. Please 'bite the bullet' and read this book, it was heartwarming, well thought out and one of the best books that I have read for a while. So much so, I went straight to the author's page and ordered her other book.
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