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When Evie Perez is cut off from everything she loves and forced to move to Iceland for the summer, she takes her canvas and paintbrushes into the picturesque cherry orchard behind her guesthouse. She stains her lips with stolen cherries in the midnight sun and paints a boy she’s never met.

Oskar is startled to discover Evie in his family’s orchard, and even more surprised
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Paperback, 260 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Owl Hollow Press
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Emer (A Little Haze)
The Language of Cherries is a very quiet YA contemporary with a strong mystical aspect. It is written in a lyrical fashion and takes its time to fully reveal the depth of emotion that it covers.

And by that I mean it's a very slow burn read... A little too slow burn for me with that first 40% or so... But then the book took off. And I suddenly found I was incredibly invested in the storyline of these two young people.

The book follows Evie who moves to Iceland one summer with her father. Evie is
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Jasmine
***Actual Rating: 5++++++/5 Cherry-on-Top Stars***

Maybe some people were meant to come into your life, but maybe they weren’t meant to stay.


I’d like to start this review by saying that it’s been forever since I last experienced something so incredibly heartfelt, unbelievably touching, and extremely emotional by reading a book. In fact, I was stunned speechless by this earth-shattering piece of story so much that I came up with a short playlist 100% inspired by Evie and Oskar’s, the
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Elly
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Language of Cherries is unlike anything I've ever read. I immediately fell in love with the premise, the characters, and the Icelandic setting. Richly textured with a mixture of crisp prose and poignant verse, it's the kind of book you read in one sitting, and then you read it again to savor. A brilliant gem of a book about how the heart needs no translator.
Hafsah Hussain
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

"Music is my only refuge, because when I sing, my strings aren’t broken."

Where do I even start? This book was perfect, it contained everything one would want in a contemporary. The whimsical writing style, the Icelandic setting and just the whole plot was spectacular. This is the kind of book you read in a day, and then immediately reread when you've finished because it was just lovely

Things I Loved:
• The writing style! Jen Marie Hawkins has a beautiful way with words, it's the kind
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jules
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc
I just want to tug myself in bed and cry for the rest of the day.


ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Thelma
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What a wonderful and magical experience!!!! The Language of Cherries is a story that will make you feel everything in a very powerful way, a story that will make you feel alive and even wants to start paying attention more and more to those details we usually don't stop to look around.

The Language of Cherries is the story of Evie a teenage girl who was feeling very lost in her life. she felt alone, her parents were very consumed with life problems and egoisms that she really didn't understand
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Maria
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
“The Language of Cherries”, by Jen Marie Hawkins (Owl Hollow Press), is a sweet, passionate romance between two young, lovable characters, Oskar and Evie. It’s an easy, light read, but also touching some dark themes with a bit of a paranormal twist.
Written in a lyrical, evocative prose that suits the subject and also matches the ethereal, supernatural beauty of Iceland’s landscape, the aurora borealis, druids and cherry orchards, the
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Caroline Bertaud
From the first few pages, I knew that I was going to like this book. Turns out I loved it. It's not lyrical, per se, or maybe it is, but more so in the storytelling than the prose itself, which is fresh and well-versed. The Language of Cherries is filled with magical elements I'm not particularly keen on, but it features a whole set of characters, all more lovable than the next, and beautiful Icelandic settings. It’s a solid and impressive debut novel. I look forward to reading more from this ...more
Kelly
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are not enough words to express how much I loved this book. From the writing, to the characters, to the hints of magic that stuck with me long after the last page, it was perfection. I am beyond lucky to have read an early copy, but I can't wait to hold the real, live book in my hands. I envy everyone reading it for the first time.
Jenna
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was a book I couldn't put down. I didn't think twice when I first downloaded it, but I really enjoyed this one. It's a poetic, moving book in a setting of Iceland which I haven't read about before but fell in love with. The way the author wrote, and how fleshed out Oskar and Evie were, it felt like a real story. I haven't read magical realism before, but I felt like it was perfectly incorporated in the story as Evie painted the pictures that helped Oskar to ultimately grow and open up more. ...more
Sonia Hartl
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where do I even begin on this gorgeous book? I was so incredibly lucky to read an early copy of this and a piece of my heart will always be in that Icelandic cherry orchard. The relationship between Evie and Oskar is so beautiful, and the skill it took to develop a deeply passionate and intense love story through mostly body language is nothing short of brilliant. This is the kind of book that grabs you and doesn’t let go. The kind of characters that stay with you long after the first page. I ...more
Mary Ann Marlowe
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
This beautiful book gave me all the feels. The writing is seductive, and the Icelandic setting is stunning. I fell in love with all the incredible characters, but especially Oskar whose narrative comes through his poetry as he's more comfortable writing than speaking, and what he writes is so emotionally evocative, it so often brought me to tears, in the very best way. I just love this book so much, and can't recommend it enough.
K.A.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was blessed enough to read an early version of this book, and I cannot express how beautiful the story is, how deeply it resonated, how swoony the author's poetry is, or how much I loved the characters within the pages of this powerful book. It is dear, and cherished, and I cannot wait for you to meet the love of my life, Oskar. :) Also . . . DID I MENTION THERE WAS PIE???????????????
Anna Birch
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an early version of this book, and I am SO EXCITED to finally hold a copy in my hands! Jen's writing is breathtaking, and this story broke my heart in all the best ways. I can't wait to write a proper review when CHERRIES is released!
Andrea
Thank you so much to Owl Hollow Books for giving me an ARC of The Language of Cherries by Jen Marie Hawkins via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It’s summer, and Evelyn is whisked away by her father, against her will, to Iceland. She’s leaving her beautiful, hot Florida life to the cold but never ending sunshine of Iceland’s summer. She resists falling to the wonders of the foreign country, until she meets Icelandic boy Oskar, who will give heat to her Icelandic summer.

The Language of
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Winterbookbee
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Language of Cherries | Jen Marie Hawkins

This book really surprised me. Before starting it, I wasn't really convinced that it was my cup of tea, but I really enjoyed it!

I had to get used to the writing style a bit as it wasn't my favorite, but after like 100 pages it really got more interesting and the characters developed.

Both MCs (it's written from two POVs) are a bit slow and naive sometimes, but overall solid characters. I really liked the personality of Oskars aunt.
And one thing I
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Amelia
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Languages of Cherries is one heck of an addictive and phenomenal book. I could not put this down! It’s so beautiful in every possible way.

The book is temperamental but in a good way. I loved every moment of it.

The story begins with a girl called Evie who’s father has forced her to spend the summer away in Iceland. Evie thinks she is being treated as a prisoner by her father, but with unstable friendships, an ill Abuela and a psycho mother she had no other choice but to stay with him. Once
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Michelle
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this touching story that shows us you don't always need words to fall in love; you can also communicate through art, music, and yes--cherries. Written in two viewpoints, one lyrical and one prosaic, The Language of Cherries unfolds slowly against the backdrop of Iceland in summer, which is beautifully described.

Evie and Oskar, teens who are each struggling to figure out their next steps in life, meet in Oskar's family's cherry orchard. Evie, straight from Florida and still
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Kristin Wright
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so lucky to get to read an early draft of this book and I'll openly beg you to read it. First off, the setting is astonishing: Iceland generally, but in particular a cherry orchard. The two main characters have instant chemistry, even though Oskar doesn't speak to Evie. We see his thoughts through the poetry in his journal and it is spare and heartbreaking. Not a word is wasted. Evie's point of view is instead beautiful and evocative prose. This author paints landscapes with her words. ...more
Tracie Martin
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, where do I get started with this gorgeous book? Jen's lyrical style shimmers like Iceland itself, and her deft understanding of the power of love and family and that gorgeous, dangerous boy full of secrets and soul will sweep you away. I adored Evie and Oskar: if you think you've read every kind of YA relationship, think again. If these two don't make you fall in love with love all over again, well, there's no hope for you!

And get ready to have a very very very strong craving for cherry
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Wren Michaels
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book will give you ALL THE FEELS. I was honored to read an early copy of this. Hawkins is a master with words and the way she can turn a phrase will leave you in awe. She captures your heart with words, pulls you into the story until you have a book hangover for days wanting more of these characters. Rich world building and characters you root for and relate to make her a master storyteller. I can't wait for the world to read this and fall in love with Hawkins words.
Summer Spence
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so lucky to get to read this gorgeous book pre-pub. The language is stunning, the setting breathtaking, and the romance absolutely magical. If you want to be swept away, this is the book for you!
Albertina
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evie Perez, a seventeen year old girl from Miami, finds her summer in hot pieces when she's forced to go to Iceland with her dad. In Iceland she knows nobody, spends her days indoors and thinks about her friends and grandma in Miami. However, one day she decides to go to a cherry orchard to paint - only to discover a strange force at hand and a handsome guy among the cherry trees.
Oskar doesn't utter a word to the enigmatic girl, afraid that she'll judge him for his stutter. Thinking Oskar
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Jantine
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

After the first book I finished this year, I longed for a more quietly paced book. 'The Language of Cherries' turned out to be the perfect choice for that.

I liked the surroundings, and the way old words were spilled throughout (and explained at the end of every chapter). I also liked how Oskar's journal entries were like poems. Sometimes the language was just a bit too simple and childish to my taste, especially when I take
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Michelle Garrett
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The Language of Cherries" by Jen Marie Hawkins was such a beautiful story, and, as only appropriate, a book about language has beautiful language in both prose and verse. It was a semi-unique format where the male protragonist, Oksar's POV was entirely in verse, representing he struggled to speak through his stutter but was only able to fully express himself through song lyrics. It was also supposed to be what he wrote in his journal. But it was beautiful and so easy to read, and contrasted ...more
Karen Trosterud
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing story!! I fell in love with these characters right from the beginning!!! HIGHLY recommend
Amanda Evans
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Language of Cherries is a beautifully written YA novel that I'm sure is going to be a big hit. The writing is stunning and the descriptions and metaphors used to bring everything to life on the page. The story is told in dual POV between the two main characters Evie and Oskar.

Evie has been forced to travel to Iceland with her father and spend the summer there. She feels isolated and alone and misses her grandmother terribly. She spends her time alone in their guest house as her father works
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Linda McCutcheon
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When you are reading a book and realize you are reading something special, something profound, something that gives you literal goosebumps, something you never want to end you are in book lover heaven. The Language of Cherries by Jen Marie Hawkins is that book.

This YA is one of the most poignant lyrical, mystical magical books I have ever read. The story is about Evie Perez, an aspiring painter, who at 17 is forced to spend her summer in Iceland away from family and friends. She is lonely and
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Albertina
Evie Perez, a seventeen year old girl from Miami, finds her summer in hot pieces when she's forced to go to Iceland with her dad. In Iceland she knows nobody, spends her days indoors and thinks about her friends and grandma in Miami. However, one day she decides to go to a cherry orchard to paint - only to discover a strange force at hand and a handsome guy among the cherry trees.
Oskar doesn't utter a word to the enigmatic girl, afraid that she'll judge him for his stutter. Thinking Oskar
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MoreBooksPlease!
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My first 5 star read of 2020!

I will openly admit right here that this book goes completely against my reading grain. I am 25 years older than the main characters, so teenage romance has not been an interest of mine in a loooooong time, and I don't normally like mysticism as a genre, even in teeny tiny doses like this. However, a few months ago, I stumbled across the premise and it just called out to me, so I added it to my TBR immediately. I am SO, SO happy I got to read an advanced copy
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Jen Marie Hawkins is a nurse-turned-writer. She writes books for young adults and the young at heart. She is a creative writing coach for Author Accelerator, and her short works can be found in literary magazines including the Decameron Journal. Three of her novel-length manuscripts have been finalists for the YARWA Rosemary Award, the RWA Maggie Award, and the SWFRWA Joyce Henderson Award.

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