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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763655570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763655570
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–Foul-mouthed, short-tempered Cherry Kerrigan, 17, knows exactly what she wants from life. She's in love with the boy next door and plans to marry him as soon as she's through with high school. Her father has higher hopes for her; he wants her to go to college and rise above their trailer-park lifestyle. After her town's cola plant gets turned into a movie set, Cherry winds up performing the Heimlich maneuver on the star. Her father is completely supportive of the resulting unlikely friendship between his daughter and the British starlet. Ardelia Deen, raised amid the British aristocracy, finds Cherry's straightforward approach to life refreshing. She hires Cherry to help her in the search for a surrogate mother for her child. Cherry gets inevitably drawn into the lifestyle of the rich and famous and begins to question her own aspirations as Ardelia demands increasing amounts of her time. Things come to a head when Cherry's family loses everything after her weed-smoking brother, who is supposed to be in her care, accidentally burns down their trailer. Riddled with guilt, she considers Ardelia's offer of $250,000 to be the one to carry her child. At Ardelia's mansion in England, however, events force Cherry to rethink the direction her life is taking. Cusick has created an unlikely role model in sassy Cherry and added generous amounts of humor to her story. –Cary Frostick, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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When expert burrito-roller Cherry Kerrigan hops over the counter at Burrito Barn to save the life of a choking woman, she has no idea what she’s setting in motion. Grateful Ardelia Deen, a movie star filming near Cherry’s trailer home, repays Cherry for the gesture by giving her a sweet car and a cushy job offering a down-to-earth perspective on the women Ardelia interviews as possible pregnancy surrogates. Inevitably, a friendship develops, offering Cherry a glimpse at life beyond what her small-town, hardworking family and boyfriend can offer her—and beyond any previous aspirations she has held. There’s a lot going on in this novel, which is by turns breezy and deadly serious. The interplay of class and wealth, choice and chance drive Cherry’s actions, but trust and betrayal, homelessness, interracial relationships, and pregnancy also play into the narrative. Seeing the greater world at Ardelia’s side may not change Cherry’s direction very much, but it helps her move there with greater confidence, secure in who she is. Grades 8-11. --Heather Booth

More About the Author

John M. Cusick is an agent with Greenhouse Literary, representing middle-grade and young adult novels. He is the author of GIRL PARTS and CHERRY MONEY BABY (Candlewick Press), as well as managing fiction editor at Armchair/Shotgun, a literary magazine. He is a regular speaker at writers conferences, and keeps a blog at www.JohnMCusick.com. You can also find him on twitter: @johnmcusick. He lives in Brooklyn.

Customer Reviews

The author does a bang-up job with Cherry's voice.
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By the end, I felt like I wanted something more out of it, something I could at least relate to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Elmaleh on October 13, 2013
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A deceptively acute study of class distinction wrapped in celebrity worship and coming-of-age womanhood. For ages 14 to 64. Read it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleea on September 30, 2013
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If you like to read about snarky teens who live in trailer parks and work in a Burrito Barn, you're going to love this book. When 17yo Cherry saves a movie star's life her world changes and not always for the better. Great contemporary young adult novel, gritty, realistic and with just the right amount of snark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 11, 2013
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Read this fabulous book in one day, and it honestly had me going at every turn. The main character, Cherry, lives a grubby, small town life and is wonderfully flawed. But she doesn't do everything she can from page one to get out of her circumstances. In fact, she loves her circumstances, and has no intention of changing her plans for future mediocrity. When she gets the chance to do something bigger and maybe better with her life, we enjoy that she loves her tiny world so much that we root for her to hang on to those mediocre dreams, cringing a little when her world begins to widen into something more. The author does a bang-up job with Cherry's voice. I can't imagine a better one for this lovably imperfect character. And surprising twists and turns in the plot make for an interesting journey through the narrative, through the town, and through Cherry. Great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Mahnken on September 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As Cherry Money Baby begins, Cherry Kerrigan is happy with her life. She's comfortable not having a lot of money, living in a trailer park, and working at the local Burrito Barn. Cherry doesn't want anything to change, even though high school graduation is looming and her father wants her to go to college. She wants to stay in her small town, with her father and brother and with her boyfriend, Lucas. When Lucas proposes, Cherry is thrilled, because she loves him and can't imagine life without him. Cherry's life does start to change, though, when the actress Ardelia Deen, who is in town shooting a movie, chokes on her food at the restaurant, and Cherry saves her life. Ardelia and Cherry become friends, and Ardelia introduces her to the lifestyle money can provide: fast cars, fine dining, and celebrity-packed parties. Then Ardelia asks Cherry to do something for her--be a surrogate mother for Ardelia's baby. Cherry is tempted, because her family can use the money Ardelia planned to pay her surrogate, but is she really willing to have a baby for her friend?

Cherry Money Baby is a coming of age novel centered around the growth of the main character, Cherry. I really enjoyed this novel, because I loved Cherry. She's definitely not perfect; she's got a temper, and she's impulsive and doesn't think things through. In fact, when she's asked why she was the one to save Ardelia, Cherry notes that other people think before acting but "I don't think," a comment that comes back to haunt her during the course of the book. Cherry is a fascinating combination of fearless ("dauntless," one teacher calls her) and fearful. Cherry is fearless in defense of herself and her family and friends, but she's fearful of change, due to the fact that her mother abandoned the family when Cherry was young.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. The main character, Cherry, doesn’t think. And all I could think while I was reading it was, 'Wow! What a great character trait.' Most people nowadays think way too much. I know I do.

Perhaps, because of her 'flaw,' the book is very appropriately written in the 3rd person. I believe anyone who thinks they have too many problems, or is conflicted about all the difficult choices they must make-- most people these days, actually-- will also find it refreshing to read about someone who actually does the first thing that pops into her mind. It feels like a precious gift to find someone who doesn’t worry about herself. Instead this character does what she can, in her own wonderful way, to take care of others.

I wish I were more like Cherry.

So, (with thanks to that Jack Nicholson character in AS GOOD AS IT GETS,) I guess that's the ultimate compliment for a book—it makes me want to be a better person.
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By Paige DiFiore on July 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Original, interesting with amusing characters! The plot and story was truly one of a kind. Cherry was such a bad ass character and Lucas was adorable.
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