Thursday, September 02, 2010

REVIEW: Cherry Crush by Cathy Cassidy

Cherry Crush
Author: Cathy Cassidy
Pages: 304
Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: 2nd September 2010

From Amazon
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...

I literally read this in two hours and forty-seven minutes and in that time I felt about a million different emotions going round my head. I've always admired Cathy Cassidy. When I was younger I used to love reading about the things going on in her books; reading her books taught me a LOT. I'm so glad she finally decided to write a series (five books altogether), after much demand!

The Chocolate Book Girls: Cherry Crush is the story of Cherry Costello. Cherry lives with her dad and her little fishy Rover in Glasgow. But now, they're moving out of their little flat, and moving in with her father's girlfriend, Charlotte (and her big family), in Somerset. Charlotte has four daughters; Honey, Sky and Summer (who are twins but nothing like each other) and Coco. They're about the same age as Cherry and she's feeling excited, they could be like the sisters she never had.

The eldest girl, perfect, gorgeous Honey, is very complicated. Still sure that her parents are in love and her father is going to come running back very soon, she's horrible to Cherry, and she doesn't understand that Charlotte is now in a serious relationship with Cherry's dad. Eager to please her new family, Cherry's coping with Honey's dirty looks by telling stories of her life. Stories that aren't necessarily true. But she can't help it - they just seem to come out...

I loved Cherry. She was a very sweet girl. When Cherry's dad told her they were moving, I don't remember her complaining about it. And that was a really big change for her. And, okay, she told a few lies, but it wasn't in spite of anyone! It was because she was afraid her new sisters wouldn't like her; She tried and even though it probably wasn't the best way to blend in, I admire her for trying because not mnay people ven bother to do that. All the other characters were interesting too, very well thought-out.

I really like how Cassidy transformed the simplest storyline into something completely charming and fun. Cherry Crush is the start of an amazing new series and I can't wait for the next book in the series, Vanilla Skye!

Oh and the cover is very pretty. There are some actual images of chocolate. Yum. Some beautiful illustrations inside (at the top of each new chapter) too.

Buy this book.

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