[Review] The Language of Cherries by Jen Marie Hawkins

★★★☆☆

young adult | contemporary | romance

Summary:

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 to see himself on her canvas. Too ashamed to reveal his stutter, he remains silent as Evie returns day after day to paint, spilling confessions she wouldn’t even tell her priest.
As Evie’s life back home unravels, Oskar wants to comfort her with words, but he knows he’s waited too long, so he uses music instead. But when it all comes to the surface, he knows that if Evie can’t forgive him for lying, he may never forgive himself for surviving.

“Maybe they couldn’t talk to each other, in the basic sense of the word. But they both spoke the language of cherries.”

This is the first book I review in a while and I’m glad to say it is a good one. I received an advanced copy from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

While there were some things that ticked me off, I must say that the premise and pace of the story were great. I did not feel that it was too slow and it kept me entertained throughout the book, never feeling like it was dragging. This is why I would recommend the book if you’re on a reading slump and enjoy quick romances. The one thing I didn’t like about the writing were the chapters written in verse as I didn’t really feel like there was any rhythm to them and they became tiresome by the time I reached the 50% mark.

The romance moved pretty quickly and for that I was a little disappointed but I feel that the development the relationship went through was enjoyable. I enjoyed the fact that they could deepen their relationship without having a two-way conversation, it does give the sense that they were able to connect with more than words. Even though I still don’t approve of Oskar’s lie and the way he betrayed Evie’s trust.

While I believe that most characters were pretty realistic and relatable, the main character seemed very immature and most of the time I thought of her as a 15-year-old, instead of 17. Also, some of Oskar’s thoughts made me cringe and uncomfortable as they seemed out of place for the moment.

If you’re interested in this book, it was just released today! You can find it here: Amazon Book Depository

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