You only get one first time . . .
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 for ever. So Lena’s friends plan Operation: Popping the Cherry to help her find the perfect man 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?
A FOREVER for the twenty-first century
First things first: I really like this cover. It's playful, lovely bright colors... the cover really "pops" ;-)
I was horrified by the whole Operation: Popping the Cherry. What kind of friend would organize something like that? At first I was even more shocked when Lena actually agreed on going along, but then again... I can relate to feeling the odd one out when it comes to cherries at 17, so maybe it does sound like a decent idea, when it's proposed to you by your best friends "for your own good"? I still think it's a very shitty thing to do.
I loved the spark and tension between her and Jake and I liked that Aurelia took her time: their relationship didn't feel rushed - although at one point Lena and Jake were taking it SO slow I felt like screaming at them for their self-sabotage.
Maybe the "romantic birthday gesture" from Jake was a bit over the top, but I have to admit that I, at 17, would have given anything for a moment like that; so it was rather cute.
I really wished I had read this book when I was 17. It's just perfect. It's such a sweet romance, every girl's dream - but it's the fact that Aurelia really gets what it's like to be 17 right now, that makes this story so great.
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Big thank you to Aurelia for giving me the opportunity
to read and review Popping the Cherry.