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Popping the Cherry

(Facing the Music #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  296 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Librarian's note: This is an alternate cover edition for
ISBN: 1472018052 (ISBN13: 9781472018052).

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
ebook, 250 pages
Published September 19th 2013 by Carina (Harlequin UK)
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Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

There are many firsts in life for all of us but undoubtedly the one that will always stand out is our first time with yes unfortunately sometimes the right one sometimes the wrong one.

Some are lucky to have the first time go off without a hitch and it even lasts a lifetime, but others will tell you that loosing their virginity just plain sucked, either due to the setting being wrong, the guy or girl being the wrong one, just about anything can be blamed.

The new read from author Aurelia B Rowl
Claire Robinson
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a pleasant and enjoyable surprise. I have to admit I went into this book with very little in the way of expectations, and I am happy to say how impressed I am by the whole book.

Aurelia has given us a well developed, sometimes funny, sometimes a little sad story of a well adjusted teenage girl (Lena), and detailed how she deals with the fact that she is the last person in her circle of friends to lose her virginity, and the adventures she goes on with the aim of losing it.

One thing that is
Tilly Currer (Hardcore Heroines)
I enjoyed Popping the Cherry as a cute romance, but it frustrated me in so many ways. Our main character, Lena (or Tink, as the romantic interest calls her) is at school one day when her friends stage an Intervention to get her cherry popped. Or in other words, to lose her virginity. I wasn't entirely comfortable with how this happened, as Lena then spent most of the novel on the quest to lose her virginity--or rather as I saw it--to fit in with her friends. Suddenly the premise didn't look near ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
Originally read September 2013 but Goodreads deleted my review for no reason and with no notification!

This was a great read.

It's one of those books I'll turn to when I need cheering up but want something with a little substance - a happily-ever-after that isn't plain sailing.

Popping the Cherry is fun and flirty but also has serious moments. And it has a message which I wholeheartedly agree with - it doesn't matter what everyone around you is doing, be yourself or you'll get hurt.

The characters a
Popping the Cherry is a fantastic New Adult that kept me flipping the pages to see if Lena (Valentina) and Jake could get it together. The first thing that grabbed and made me want to read this novel was the title. Yep, couldn't resist a title like that. Aurelia B. Rowl has written a hilarious, beautiful and heart touching story about a girl’s first time. I give Rowl praise for showing the real teens/young adults of today, but I give the author a standing ovation for giving me and all readers a ...more
Roxanna Cross
Sep 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-be-reviewed
I received this book as gift for an honest review.

This book was a struggle to read due to the over abuse of comas, the more often than not omitted words within sentences and the fact that entire sentences tended to be duplicated. The one that jumped out the most at me was in chapter twenty where an entire paragraph was doubled up. All in all the writing had my fingers twitch, my eyebrows cringe and my teeth grind.

**Spoiler Alert**

On to the plot line – Operation: Popping the Cherry was an interve
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Popping the Cherry was an adorable coming to age story of a young girl named Valentina Bell, whose virginity became the main subject among her friends. Her friends have decided that its time for Lena lose her" virgin status" and hence Operation Popping the Cherry comes about. Operation Popping the Cherry has a list of potential male candidates but one man has caught her attention, her best friend's older brother, Jake. Lena tries to d
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Popping the Cherry is a new eBook-only NA title from British author Aurelia B. Rowl. It's a fast, fun read with an underlying serious tone I wasn't expecting, not to mention some great male characters and, for the most part, believable situations.

As can be gleaned from the title alone, Popping the Cherry starts off being about Lena and her wish to lose her virginity so she can catch up with her friends. They concoct Operation: Popping the Cherry, which entails Lena going on dates with guys off a
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Aurelia B. Rowl.)
17-year-old Valentina just got dumped because she wouldn’t have sex, so now her friends are determined that she needs to lose her virginity.
Will ‘Operation: Popping the Cherry’ be a success? Or should Lena wait for things to happen naturally?

This was an okay story, and I liked how it ended.

Lena was an okay character, but she did need to stand up for herself a little more, and sto
Suze Lavender
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lena's boyfriend has broken up with her, because he thinks she's too frigid. She's also failed her driver's test, so she isn't very happy and feels like a failure. None of her friends are virgins anymore. They want her to loosen up, so they've organized an intervention. They've come up with Operation Popping the Cherry. Lena has to have sex before her birthday and they've selected several candidates already. There's a list and even though Lena can add her own guys she has to start doing some ser ...more
Katey Lovell
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Popping the Cherry starts off with a challenge for Lena. The only one of her group of friends who is still a virgin, Lena hopes to 'pop her cherry' before her 18th birthday. The girls set about making a list of possible candidates for the job in hand. However, it isn't long before things get out of hand and Lena is forced to learn lessons in both life and love...

Being completely honest, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. It sounded like it could be a frivolous teen read, a bit of a
Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have to be honest and say that it took we a while to get used to the characters. For me the UK setting and close age to my oldest daughter freaks me out a little bit. The attitude that virginity is something to be ashamed of and disposed of at the earliest convenience really annoys me. Saying that this book did portray the emotional side of a physical relationship really well, something that is often neglected and I feel should really be discussed with teens alongside the physical within
Maryline M's Bookshelf
This review was first published at M's Bookshelf -

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 li
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured Popping the Cherry. I found myself picking it up at every opportunity and reluctant to put it down again. Aurelia B. Rowl's characters kept me enthralled from the beginning. Valentina - or Lena to her friends - is fast approaching eighteen and still a virgin. Her friends stage an intervention to help her find the right guy to pop her cherry. Of course the plan goes awry as these plans always do.

What I loved about the story was the situations Lena finds herself in mirror real life sit
Popping the Cherry was going to be my holiday read but I actually read it before I went away. It was only going to be the first few chapters and before I knew it I was halfway through the book.

I really liked Lena and after the Richard Winsor reference it just got even better. Finally a girl who with excellent taste!

My first impression of Popping the Cherry, fun and cute, is accurate – however there is so much more to this story. What happens to Lena on her first date effects the rest of the stor
Katlyn Duncan
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Popping the Cherry was an adorable story about a girl whose virginity is the topic of much discussion with her friends. So much so that they enroll her in Operation: Popping the Cherry, giving her a list of potential male specimens to see if she can just "get it over with". But in Lena's case she only has eyes for one, and he is the forbidden fruit, her best friends big brother.

I enjoyed this book so much! Lena was a great narrator. I loved her friends. And goodness did I love Jake. I look forw
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good book. I loved Lena. This was a story of a girl pressured by her peers to lose her V-Card. She had some close calls, but she finally came to her senses. She finds friendship and true love. This was a refreshingly sweet story.
Vanya D.
NOTE: I received the book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

When I read the premise of Popping the Cherry, I thought "Man, this sounds so good! So new and different!" It turned out to be just that - a fresh NA romance story, that had nothing to do with the usual, too cliched 'girl meets guy at college and they hook up right away' crap. No.

Unfortunately, there was another problem that bothered me out of my wits, and consequently lowered my rating. It was the writing style. I know thi
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had not previously heard of this book until the author contacted me regarding a review request. After a quick look to find out more I decided that I HAD to read this book. From the minute I began reading Popping the Cherry I was hooked, I love that the book is so British, even down to all the British swear words and slang. The characters were instantly likeable and believable, and I found myself falling into the pages and not wanting to come up for air.

The protagonist Valentina (Lena) has just
When I was offered the chance to be part of Auerlia B Rowl’s blog tour for novel Popping The Cherry, I was really looking forward to reading the novel. I love young adult/new adult books and it’s been a while since I’ve read a YA/NA novel. I liked the idea of Valentina AKA Lena popping her cherry, and I though it would be like Cora Carmack’s fabulous novel Losing It. But, it wasn’t. It wasn’t like Losing It at all, and unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the novel as much as I wanted to, mostly because ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours, netgalley
3.5 Stars
Seventeen year old Valentina "Lena" Bell has just failed her driving test and has been dumped by her boyfriend, the reason being she wouldn't have sex with him. She thinks she is the only virgin still out there, a fact that she isn't too happy about, yet afraid to do anything about. Her friends Gemma, Flick, Chloe, and Piper decide it is time for some intervention and convince her that the best solution to the problem is to get laid. Thus Operation Popping the Cherry commences. Lena ha
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ukya
Ahh, this book was exactly what I needed. After trawling through a bunch of difficult fantasy novels, I was more than ready for this easy-to-read, light-hearted bit of contemporary romance. It was so nice reading a Brit book too - the voice is so different to a US one, but I often forget just how much difference it makes, what with the market being flooded with US fiction. As I'm taking part in the British Books Challenge this year though, I'm doing my best to read and plug as many good UKYA boo ...more
Brenda- Anderson
This book is a really cute fun read! After reading the second chapter I was concerned. I'm not in favor of peer pressure and felt like she was getting it from her friends in the very start of the book. Lena felt it was either give up her virginity or give up her friends. In reality it isn't really like that. Her friends love her and are just trying to open her eyes that the first time is rarely what we are all brought up to expect. That's clearly seen when you keep reading. So keep reading! I qu ...more
Brandi Kennedy
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initially I wasn't sure how I'd feel about a book that implies a certain pressure to have sex whether you're ready or not. I spent the early parts of the book a little annoyed with Lena for being ashamed of being a virgin, and a lot annoyed with her friends for making her feel that she had reason to be ashamed.

As an old fashioned conservative mother of two girls, I was disappointed - and more than a little afraid for my own young daughters - when Lena gave in to her friends "intervention" and ag
Lyndsey O'Halloran
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Author Aurelia B. Rowl has got British teenagers spot on in this young adult novel. Many young adult novels do not portray realistic teenagers and instead focus on unrealistic experiences and love.

Protagonist Lena Bell is desperate to lose her virginity. None of her friends are virgins anymore and she can’t quite connect with them in the same way anymore because of her not having had sex. I found the conversations and actions between Lena and her friends to be really realistic and I could reall
Fiona Wilson
This book is a coming of age story so is ideal, I'd suggest, for readers ranging from late teens upwards.

Valentina Bell, or Lena, feels like she is bad at everything. She fails her driving test, she fails at keeping herself safe, and she fails at relationships.

Her friends decide to perform at intervention and come up with Operation:Popping The Cherry. They create a list of guys they think would be ideal for her and she sets about working her way through the list.

Along the way there are plenty o
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
*Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World Blog :)*

Popping the Cherry was a humorous and fun read. I felt that I really got to know the characters really well and it was a page-turner! I couldn't put it down, especially in those scenes with Valentina (Lena) and Jake. Aside from that, I felt that the book was very well-written and developed.

The subject of losing her virginity becomes the center attention when Lena's friends come up with Operation: Popping the Cherry, which lists candidate
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6 Stars if I could!

Popping the Cherry by Aurelia B. Rowl sucked me in from the first page. I’m not much of a fan for books written in first person, but there are a few which have hooked me and held me hostage, and this did exactly the same thing.

Popping the Cherry begins with poor Valentina ‘Lena’ just having failed her driving test and having been dumped by her steady boyfriend for not giving up her V card. I was on par Lena’s emotional grid from almost the first page. The author drew me in wi
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So basically this story revolves around the degrading of sex to a meaningless act - an act that if you haven't ever performed it - you're a virgin - it means you're uncool, abnormal, frigid.

Popping the Cherry exaggerated normal life in order to portray how the world is based on images and how people present themselves, and how people perceive something as the way to do it and feel if they don't do it that way they're a total failure.

I just couldn’t resist this title. The entire premise sounded fun and to be honest, a disaster in the making so I thought, why not? And it ended up being one of the more delightful books I’ve read all year.

Lena is most definitely not thrilled with this plan her friends have hatched. She half-heartedly goes along with it even coming up with a shortlist of guys but she’s not really intent on following through. On her first date that ends awfully, Lena finds herself without a ride home and no way t
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“Well that’s open to debate,’ he said. 'It sounds like a recipe for disaster to me, and I hate the thought of you throwing yourself at guys just to try and get laid. Christ, I’d do you myself if I thought it would keep you safe.’

‘Now that’s true friendship,’ I said, cracking under the severity of his tone.”
“In no mood for one of her silly games, I snatched it off her and scanned the page. It turned out to be a list of names, all of them boys, and some of whom I recognised. And then I noticed the title: ‘Operation: Popping the Cherry’. I leaped to my feet and fired a glare at each of them in turn, trying not to shout. ‘Are you shitting me?” 2 likes
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