Author: Camille Thomaz Labanca
Format: ebook, novella
Pages: 40 pages
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary, Romance)
Date of Publication: February 14th 2014
Summary (from Goodreads)
Life wasn't subtle with Melissa, and the secret that she keeps is the same that kills her. When she enter into a prestigious university in Rio de Janeiro to attend a journalism course, she meets Lucas. He soon establishes a goal: get to know her better ― to the point of finding out all the details that scare, animate and make her who she is. If Melissa will be ready to let him go, well, that's another question ... And nobody said he gives up easily.
I received this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!
Time for Cherries is a story of a young woman's struggle to find worth in her damaged self. It tells the story of Melissa, a rape victim who, ever since then, has blamed herself for what has happened to her. She then applies herself to so many things, can't allow herself to be distracted to the point that she doesn't allow herself to be uprooted from her carefully planned university life in Rio.
There she meets the guy who might just save her from the torment of her nightmares and show her that her deep-seated fears are none of her fault at all but it could very well be the way to fixing her somehow. Lucas is a perfect example of a guy that Melissa needs in her life.
After their intimate encounter, something I didn't expect but it was sweet nonetheless, the person who Melissa fears the most shows up. Finally, she has the chance to undo her fears and Lucas is just the guy to help her through that. At one point It got a little frustrating for me, because none of this really was Melissa's fault. Victim-blaming is a big deal for me and it was really hard to hear her justify what happened to her like she asked for it.
All in all, it was a short but lovely, uplifting read towards the end. I just wished the translation I was provided with was more descriptive and that there was more to it.