Cherry Cherry by Taryn Tilton, edited by Julianne Berokoff and Hunter Moreno

“Thoughts of boys crowd the minds of Sophie’s friends, but she can only think of the way pink frosted lip gloss looks on Jen’s smile. Emotions tangle, and Sophie finds herself on the brink of youth and adulthood, stuck between the boy who is pursuing her and the young woman who makes her heart skip a beat. This summer is going to be different.”


So proud to say that the 1888 Center’s 2017 Plaza Literary Prize winner, Cherry Cherry by Taryn Tilton, is available for purchase!

This, friends, is the story that rose above over 100 novellas submitted to the PLP. From the team of editors filtering through the massive batch, to debates about the top ten, to the final three judges, Cherry Cherry won.

Hunter and I had a blast working with Taryn throughout the editing process. I can honestly say she was a delight to work with, on paper and in person. During these past months, us editors sifted through the whole novella and spent hours taking notes and analyzing the structure and themes of the story. Our back-and-forth’s with Taryn were dynamic and collaborative, and we had the pleasure of seeing Cherry Cherry grow into itself.



for the upcoming Cherry Cherry panel discussion 


Now, for the review.

With exceptional purpose, 2017’s Plaza Literary Prize winner finds the careful line between childhood and adulthood, and artfully guides us alongside. In a story of love, infatuation, and friendship, Taryn Tilton’s colorful language and brutal honesty reaches to readers of all ages and reminds us that in teenagehood, gravity lives in every moment.

If you love YA that transcends its genre and reaches to all other generations, you’ll love this book. Cherry Cherry bends the boundaries of youth and maturity in a way that gives young people ‘adult’ respect. They are children, but they are not just children. All are bursting at the seams to become more, and Tilton shows that they will.

Tilton’s jarring language and beautiful imagery create a narrative that is both matter-of-fact and inviting. Additionally, she does a stellar job connecting emotionally to the reader. You’ll know exactly who Sophie is, while begging to see more.

All in all, I am proud to have my name on the inside cover of this novella. I am honored to have worked with such beautiful people like Taryn Tilton and Hunter Moreno, and I can’t wait for you all to read it!


P.S. Don’t forget to buy tickets for the panel discussion I’ll be a part of next Tuesday! Buy tickets HERE.

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