Monday, 10 October 2016

Let's Talk About Female Sexuality | Cherry



Hello Everyone,

Today's post is going to be part book review and part frank and honest discussion of female sexuality... If you're happy with that subject matter then let's dive right in, for those of you who may find this uncomfortable - I'll see you in my next post :)


Phew, with the disclaimer out of the way, we can casually slip into the main discussion, the YA Sensation that is Cherry by Lindsey Rosin.

Cherry is everything I never knew I needed, a frank and honest depiction of four best friends about to embark upon a journey into adulthood covering all the subjects you would imagine, high school graduation, first love, friendships and sex.

As graduation fast approaches, the four girls have decided it is time to hand in their virgin status and replace it with one of experience and sexual confidence, that's right and let's say it again, Sexual Confidence. What follows is a funny and frank openness that many of us could have never even dreamed of with our own school friends... This, at first, had me a little shocked, I couldn't believe that four girls would be willing to make a sex pact "LIKE BOYS!!!" but as I continued to be drawn further into the story, I began to question why the hell a grown woman such as myself would have such amazement that these conversations are possible and I came to the conclusion that this is how many of us have been raised, and, let's be honest, that sucks, that sucks bad.
Sex isn't something to be ashamed of, it is part of life for many people and so having the ability to confide in someone close can help make sure you're not being taken advantage of and to make sure you have the self confidence to assert your own needs, and how can this be a bad thing?


Sex isn't a subject we come across too often in YA books, especially not with such refreshing honesty and freedom and ESPECIALLY not about young, female sexuality and for that, I applaud Lindsey Rosin, the woman is a genius. This book had everything you probably felt (or will feel) as the end of school or college approaches, how hard peer pressure can be, how all encompassing friendship groups can be and how heartbreaking young love can be.

The friendship group in this book is a one with all the goals, each girl is fully supportive of the other with her sexual preferences, their personal needs and their equal love for frozen yogurt.


I discuss my thoughts on how important it is to be honest about female sexuality in the video above if you're interested.

Overall, this is a book that changed the way I think and feel, and for that I would recommend this to any of you, I gave this book a solid 5/5 and I can't think of a person that wouldn't enjoy this (unless, as earlier mentioned, sex makes you uncomfortable).

Have you read Cherry? Are you likely to?

Rosy xx



*Book was supplied free of charge from publishers.
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  1. i love this ;D you really do have a nice blog!

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  2. Great post, cute photos!
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  3. I'm dying to read this, nothing beats good feminist YA!
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  4. It's so important for everyone to be open about sex :) This sounds like a great read!

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    1. I love it, it's so well written.

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  5. This is a very interesting topic Rosy.
    I grew up is an environment where sex is really taboo and female sexuality should pretty much not exist until marriage. Of course a lot of girl still experimented but then you had to worry about not getting a reputation because of the double standard.
    This book definitely sounds interesting. I'm adding this book to my reading list.
    Thank you for sharing this :)
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    1. I definitely was never open about sex as a teen or growing up but I think it is very important to try and shed this taboo and mystery surrounding the subject :)

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  6. Nice post babe! I need to read this book now.


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  7. I will check this book out! I'm currently having an Urban Decay giveaway, and will have giveaways every Friday with products from UD, Too Faced, Buxom, Fresh and more - you should come check it out! :)
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  8. Sounds like a great read, it is important to be open and talk about these subjects but unfortunately, not everyone is willing to talk about this.

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  9. This sounds like such an interesting topic for a book! I grew up in a weird situation where we wouldn´t talk about sex with my family but the internet and school was full of it. I always felt kind of awkward talking about the topic though. Turns out, I identify as demisexual so that was just natural. Now that I know that I don´t particularly like the thought of sex (at least without an emotional bond), I´ve gotten pretty confident around the topic of sex and sexuality. I think for most people it´s a learning curve though. As you grow older, you get to know yourself better and then you get more confident about it all.
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    1. I definitely think it's a learning curve but I think that if people are in an environment where openness is rife then this learning curve would happen much sooner. I'm so glad you've found yourself more as a person and feel more comfortable now :)

      Rosy xx

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  10. Really really really good job
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  11. Thanks for sharing this book! I am very interested in reading it especially since it challenges our thinking on women's sexuality.

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    1. Let me know if you get round to it :)

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  12. I will have a read. You convinced me that this is one of the books I should read. Iga x www.igaberry.com

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  13. I am so intrigued by this book! I've been looking for a new one to pick up and I'm definitely going to look into this one!

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    1. It's definitely worth a peek.

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  14. look great!

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  15. Looks like a fun book! I'll have to give it a read!

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  16. Such an interesting topic, I would like to read this book!
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    1. I hope you get the opportunity to :)

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  18. You had me at cherry :) I couldn't agree with you more. There are posts about the most intimate thoughts, deepest desires of the heart, and yet so little spend time talking about sex and sexuality. Whilst I know this may not be everyone's cup of tea, it also befuddles me as to why many view the topic as being somewhat taboo :) thank you for the recommendation, I already have it in my cart.


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    1. Excellent, you'll have to let me know what you think :)

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  19. Sounds like a great read, thx for sharing with us.
    xox
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  20. Well done to you for doing this post and not being awkward or ashamed of writing it!
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  21. This sounds like the kind of book that would have been good to read growing up! I'm intrigued now, will definitely check it out. x

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    1. I agree, I wish I'd read it when I was younger :)

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  22. I've never heard of this book before, but I'm so interested now!

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  23. I love your honesty! It's so refreshing to see. Thanks so much for sharing.
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  24. Sounds like a great read. I will have to check it out as I'm intrigue!

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  25. Seems like a very interesting book !
    Maybe something I should try reading after I finish reading the book I'm currently reading :)

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    1. Ooh you should, let me know your thoughts :)

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  26. Sounds like a good book, I am very intrigued!
    xo
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  27. Sounds like a great book!The cherry cover is cool! xoxo

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    1. I know, I love the design :)

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  28. I love the sound of this book - I too think it's a subject that needs to be spoken about and not such a taboo subject! I'm in need of some new reading material so will have a look at this :)

    Hayley xo
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    1. It's definitely a subject that needs more coverage :)

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  29. Love the cherry cover,

    Amazing blog post!!

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  30. Sounds like a great and much needed book, thanks for the review!
    Have a lovely day :)
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  31. I don't think it is a book I need in my life (I grew uo in a very open environment regarding female sexuality, most likely because I am one of four very close sisters), but it sounds like something I would love my daughter to read. Especially after the hype of the Twilight saga, written by a mormon, that almost shattered my belief in the change of women celebrating their sexuality more and more these days.

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    1. I think it's definitely excellent for the younger generation :)

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  32. Beautiful post and vid dear!

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  33. need to get the book to my kindle :)
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  34. I haven't read this, but I did read 'Forever' by Judy Blume when I was younger, and it brought me the same realisations that this book seems to have brought you. The premise of this screams 'American Pie' to me, which is funny, isn't it? Everyone loves American Pie, because it follows the sexual awakening of four young men, but would they love it as much if it featured four young women? Funny to think about. I do think women's sexuality is becoming more mainstream, with TV channels like the late BBC Three and e4 appearing to show more comedies and documentaries surrounding the subject xx

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    1. I agree so much with all of this, I also read Judy Blume's Forever when I was a teenager and I loved how honest it was :)

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  35. So cool

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  37. It will nice if most people can have this type of mindset towards sex. Great review.

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  38. such a nice topic, i would love to read it too!

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  39. I have never read if before but I loved your review a lot especially your video :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2016/10/winter-fashion.html

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  40. I haven't heard of this but it sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. So a interesting topic, it's not a easy subject to talk about.

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  42. Sexuality is such an important topic to talk about but one which still seems to be slightly taboo - we definitely shouldn't be ashamed/shocked to talk about it!
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  43. Great review of the book and I enjoyed watching your video! Female sexuality is an important topic --often a taboo in society hence it's so refreshing to hear you talk about this book! I will check it out!
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  44. Sounds like a great read!
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  45. I agree with you, but yeah unfortunately this is how we have been raised indeed. Thank God we can learn. Sounds like a great fun read. Thanks for the review and video. Awesome! :)

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  46. This sounds interesting and like another commentor here, I too was raised in an environment that sex is not something that you discuss and frowned upon. I think the Western culture embrace sex more openly than Asians but these days more are slowly embracing it and doesn't treat sex like a taboo anymore. It's a slow process but it's getting better.

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    1. It's definitely improving Shireen and that's the important thing :)

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  47. it looks really nice!

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  48. The most of YA when the topic sex is out is like a taboo... I don´t know probably I am going to give a chance to this book.
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  49. This sounds like a great read! I remember reading Girls In Love by Jacqueline Wilson as a teen, it sounds a little similar to this x

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  50. The book sounds great!! I'll give it a chance!!
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  51. I really enjoyed your YT review, lovely. You did an amazing job describing the plot and making it sound very relatable, especially to teens and young adults. Tbh, I wish I got better education regarding the topic in my teens and wish I had people at that time who I could get proper advice from. Thankfully, it all worked out in the end :) I do think so many youngsters go through so much confusion in regards to anything sex related & I believe that the issue should be addressed in the most helpful way possible. Many thanks for sharing this & your thoughts, lovely.
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    1. Thanks for that Nadia, I agree that there needs to be more work done with teens to help them through this tricky area.

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  52. Interesting read. Gemma x
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  53. It's great to hear of an author addressing female sexuality in such a positive light - like you've mentioned. Also, how interesting that ordinarily any form of 'pact' made on the topic of sex is usually with groups of men... or so we've been made to believe! This read sounds refreshing.

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    1. It really was, such a different perspective :)

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  54. Cherry seems like a super refreshing book! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  56. I'm going to have to check out this book. Looks awesome

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  57. Sounds like a great read! Nice blog, thanks for sharing <3


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  58. No, I didn't read this book so far but now I'm very interested as the topic is fascinating! Thanks a lot for sharing!
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  59. This sounds like such a good read! I think I will pick it up soon! Thanks for sharing!
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  60. I really like your honest review, dear, it sounds like really refreshing and open-minded book about the sex, dear!

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  61. This sounds like a good read, lady- thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!

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  62. Great review! Ahh...the road to sexual confidence, what an intense journey! Good, loyal friends are really important, for sure! Xo, Elsa

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  63. This is really intresting! Thanks for sharing:)

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  64. This sounds like something every woman should read, I am def going to add it to my list ;) xx

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  65. This is so important and really interesting to read about :) Thanks for sharing!
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  66. I've had to teach sex ed as a nursing student to high school students before so that quickly forced me to be comfortable with discussing sexuality lol. Definitely sounds like an interesting read!

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  67. Great review babe, its so important to teach our kids and young ones about female sexuality on time and be guarded, there is no reason to shy away from it seriously! Great post !

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  68. You've got me intrigued! I'm definitely going to sample this now.

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  69. You have me sold on the book! Definitely putting it on my must-read list. I really do think you're talking about a few solid, important points. Sex still has such a stigma around it, which is bizar considering, well it's 2016. We should have to be able to talk about this like it's no big deal. Especially when raising children, because even though I've been raised in a way where I never felt like I had to be "ashamed", sadly a lot of kids, even still today, are raised that way!

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    1. Definitely Naomi, it's such an important subject and so often gets neglected which, as you said, is bizarre in 2016!

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  70. I love that this book exists!!! I remember being a teenager WAY back in the day and reading Judy Blume's "Forever." It was so scandalous at the time that a teenager had sex in the book. She was such a trailblazer. Books like this show how far we've come!

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    1. 'Forever' was an eye opener for me, I'd never seen such a real depiction of teenage emotion before in a book.

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  71. Kind of sad in this day and age that a book like this should be timely but it is. It is 2016 and we should be well beyond this now. Last weekend I watched the Amanda Know documentary on Netflix I knew most everything about the case already but watched it and still can not believe in this day and age how women can so judged by their "perceived" bad behavior, so much so they end up in jail found guilty via public opinion based on how much sex she had? And this this the west. Other parts of the world...sad. As Marilyn French said, there is a war against women.

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    1. It's so sad isn't it that this is still an issue in our society today.

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  72. I'm definitely going to check this book out. It sounds really interesting! I love how it is becoming more and more acceptable for women to talk about sex and just own their sexuality and not be ashamed that we are sexual beings. I don't see why it has to be such a taboo thing for women. I hate that double standard!

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  73. I love that you're talking about this. I will have to hunt this book out, also about to watch your YouTube video to find out more! xx

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  74. This book sounds really interesting and I would love to read it as there aren't a lot of books that deal with this topic!

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  75. I haven't read this book but now I'm very curious!

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  76. Sounds like a super interesting read!
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  77. Didn't know this book even existed, but now it's a must read! Thank you for sharing!
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  78. Great post!
    Have a nice week-end!
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  79. I'll definitely watch the video. Sex really is nothing to be ashamed of :)
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  80. I've seen that book floating around, but haven't picked it up. After this review, I'll have to check it out.

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  81. I applaud you for bringing this book to our attention! You are definitely right that female sexuality seems to be a bit of a taboo subject and definitely one that needs to be talked about more so it's great to hear about this book!

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  82. that book sounds so intriguing! on my to-read list now

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  83. Wow, I'm intrigued. YA is usually so innocent hehehe. I'll be adding this title to my Wishlist, thanks for the heads up. Sounds like a delightful and funny read.

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