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Cherish Farrah: 04/27/22

Cherish Farrah

Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow is a YA thriller / horror about a long friendship between the only two Black girls at an elite high school. Cherish is white girl spoiled, having been adopted by doting white parents. Farrah has Black parents but has been almost like Cherish's twin since their early childhood.

The novel is written from Farrah's point of view. She is an unreliable narrator. How she sees things has been warped over time. The why and how of that warping is a big chunk of the underlying mystery.

The illusion of the perfect friendship begins to unravel when Farrah's parents are forced to sell their home. If she had gone with them, Cherish Farrah would have been a very different novel.

Unfortunately Farrah's grip on everything that is presented to the reader made for some pacing issues. The majority of the book is in her head. She analyzes everything, sometime excessively so. There were times I wanted to pull back to see the world from a different point of view.

Three stars

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