- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 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 (Facing the Music, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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 It was a story about coming of age, about that transformation when you see your parents as people and not just outdated oldies, about realising that your best friend is not as perfect as you always thought she was and it is also a very beautiful and well written romance.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!
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hooked from the first page. Popping The Cherry is a thoroughly enjoyable, feel good book and I'm looking forward to reading more by Aurelia B Rowl.Published 23 months ago by Laura
Lena's boyfriend has broken up with her, because he thinks she's too frigid. She's also failed her driver's test, so she isn't very happy and feels like a failure. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2014 by Suze Lavender
This was a fab read.
The thing with YA, in my most humble of opinions of course, is that sometimes it can feel kind of sugary sweet, and artificial, and in that respect... Read more
It was an easy book to read, but also easily forgettable. I wanted to read it to get to the end, but I am still not sure if that was to find out what (predictably) happened, or... Read morePublished on 11 April 2014 by Milly Molly Mandy
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First things first: I really like this cover. It's playful, lovely bright colors... Read more
from the start of this book i was hooked, i loved it !! i could not put it down , then i did not want it too end...... wow great book loved the characters !! Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2014 by christine