Book Review: Cherry Bomb by Jenny Valentish

If Jenny Valentish’s debut novel, Cherry Bomb were cost levitra lowest a song it would be a dance floor banger. A rock cialis professional sale journalist and former member of a few bands herself; Valentish is fully qualified to be writing about the Australian music industry, fame and all its flaws.

Cherry Bomb charts the success of fictional pop punk band The Dolls. The what is better viagra or levitra two members are cousins, Nina and Rose Dall. While the main characters are teenagers, The Dolls are playing in the very adult world of can i order viagra from the chemist sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Written from Nina’s perspective, the badass guitarist with no fear, Cherry Bomb is full of attitude. Nina is the rock n’ roll half of The Dolls, “The Richards to her Jagger.” She’s tough; she sleeps around, shaves her head, and at one point rips her shirt off during a show to throw it to the audience. Her viagra for sale on the internet cousin Rose is the air-kissing darling diva of The Dolls with the songstress voice and outrageous backstage Mariah Carey-esque requests.

The girls idolise their aunt, famous 80s pop star Allanah Dall and willingly live in her shadow, copying her style, her clothes, her sound, and her addictions generic levitra shipped from india to booze and men. The story begins while The Dolls are still in high school. They begin playing in a small lounge bar and living in Parramatta, and follows as they walk the red carpet at the ARIAS, record their album, hit it big with their song Fight Like A Girl, tour Australia and the US, and navigate interviews, photo shoots and videoclips; tweeting and instagramming everything as they go.

Be warned, readers older than Gen Y may tire or have trouble with the endless pop culture references. From name dropping artists like Ke$ha, Goyte, The Veronicas, Good Charlotte, and Fall Out Boy to referencing emo vampires, Boohoo.com, Tumblr, and Geordie Shore; Cherry Bomb is youth culture beamed right back at its audience. Plus there are endless tips on how to take a good selfie (double or triple filter photos via an app and the best cameras for selfies have a flip-out viewfinder).

Cherry Bomb could have easily been a shallow and insubstantial read, however Valentish has added layers and twists enough to create a more complex character out of Nina than her obsession with what everyone is wearing would suggest.

A soundtrack listing includes hits by artists like The Runaways, Blondie, the Ramones, Lana Del Rey, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to accompany each chapter. Unfortunately the list is badly placed at the back of the book and many readers will probably discover it after they have finished the story and miss out on listening to the carefully selected songs.

Despite being too long and losing some momentum, Cherry Bomb is still a banger and readers will enjoy the fame trip viewed through Nina Dall’s boozey gaze complete with her ballsy narration.

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