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Cherry Money Baby Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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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.
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
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Cherry Kerrigan goes through this same social awakening at a more exaggerated level and clip than I did, but it was easy for me to empathize with her because of this shared experience. I recognized the way she used her brash persona as both a shield and a platform to stand on; I did the same thing (and still do) because it works. It keeps you safe. Mostly.
Beyond enjoying the book because I identified with Cherry, the story is flat-out fun to read. You never quite know what the characters will do next, especially Ardelia Deen, the Hollywood star at the root of Cherry’s changed perspective. Reading Ardelia is like going on a carnival ride that seems likely at any moment to rattle itself apart and fling you willy-nilly into the cotton candy stand. It’s thrilling, risky and ridiculous all in one flashy sugar-sweet package. The twists and turns as Cherry peels back Ardelia’s layers make for the best kind of plot, and the bursts of insight come at the perfect moments to keep you sucked in, along for the ride till the satisfying ending. Bonus points: The chapter titles are clever as hell. All in all, a funny, witty and poignant story. 5/5 would read again!
They say a reader brings personal experiences and knowledge to the pages of a book. As a former teacher of students like Cherry, I could not suspend my disbelief at some of her actions. However, Mr. Cusick’s story was well written and entertaining. Ultimately it was a satisfying read.
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. She consequently wants to keep everyone she loves safely around her. When Ardelia broadens her horizons, Cherry is forced to consider her life and whether all change is bad. She starts to think about the possibilities for her future and what she really wants. In the end, even though Cherry has grown from her experiences with Ardelia (not all of which are positive), she ultimately remains true to herself and what she values in life--home, family, and friends.
Some people might not appreciate the book because it contains scenes relating to drinking, drug use, and sex. Others might be uncomfortable with the choices Cherry contemplates making; young adult novels don't typically feature characters considering getting married or having a baby right after they finish high school (or they don't present those choices in a positive light, anyway). However, Cherry comes from a working class background where those kinds of life choices are more common, so I thought it was realistic for the character. Overall, I thought the author did a great job of creating a character who grows and changes believably while maintaining her own standards for the right way to live her life.
An ARC of Cherry Money Baby was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.