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Cherry Money Baby
by John M. Cusick


Overview - Hollywood glitz collides with workingclass aspirations in this satirical tale of an impulsive starlet and a sharp-witted small-town teen.
Cherry Kerrigan loves her simple life, her family s tiny trailer, even working at Burrito Barn. Forget college she s marrying her sweetheart from next door.
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Overview
Hollywood glitz collides with workingclass aspirations in this satirical tale of an impulsive starlet and a sharp-witted small-town teen.
Cherry Kerrigan loves her simple life, her family s tiny trailer, even working at Burrito Barn. Forget college she s marrying her sweetheart from next door. But here comes Ardelia Deen, a glamorous starlet who sweeps Cherry into a world of fast cars and penthouse parties. Now Cherry s small-town life just seems so . . . small. When Ardelia drops a bomb of an offer one involving a baby Cherry knows her life will change forever, no matter what she decides. John M. Cusick focuses his signature wit on Hollywood royalty and the wide-eyed dreams of Small Town, U.S.A. in a novel about discovering who you are . . . and changing your mind."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763655570
  • ISBN-10: 0763655570
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 385
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.23 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-07-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

While working her usual shift at the Burrito Barn, Cherry Kerrigan rescues a choking customer, an A-list movie star who is in town to shoot a film. Ardelia Deen is so grateful that she gives Cherry her Alfa Romeo, and so impressed by Cherry’s unvarnished perspective that she makes her a paid consultant; Cherry will help vet potential surrogates to carry the baby the actress desperately wants. Cherry, who is at ease in grimy sweats, comes to realize many things, including the importance of appearance. The candidates “chatted on... while their outfits whispered subliminal messages: I’m reliable. I’m spiritual. I’m relaxed. I don’t care what you think.” Author/literary agent Cusick (Girl Parts) gives Cherry a sarcastic and often profane voice. The supporting cast—Cherry’s blue-collar father, her chill boyfriend, and Ardelia’s caustic manager—round out a plot that continually surprises. Cherry is a highly memorable character, prone to violent outbursts but possessing a strong moral compass, a rare smalltown girl who isn’t consumed by anxiety over getting into college or out of town—even when she has the chance to dip her toe into the pool with some big-time celebrities. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)

 
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