Jukebooks: Cherry Money Baby by John M. Cusick
Cherry shrugs off her bad grades, scary reputation, and any aspirations beyond life in a trailer park. She’s good with “Work hard, get paid” as a central tenet of personal dignity. Lust for riches is not her thing at all. In fact, screw rich people.
One day, as Cherry is working at Burrito Barn, a group of well-heeled strangers stop in for lunch. One of the beautiful girls starts choking, and quick-thinking Cherry performs the Heimlich maneuver. saving her life. The girl, actress Ardelia Deen is so grateful to Cherry that they start to hang out. After that, Cherry’s life heads in a direction that she never thought she wanted.
The song, Royals by Lorde, speaks of a contentment that belies wealth and status. She sings:
My friends and I we’ve cracked the code
We count our dollars on the train to the party
And everyone who knows us knows
That we’re fine with this, we didn’t come from money
“Lorde” is the stage name of sixteen year-old Ella Yelich-O’Connor from Auckland, New Zealand. Dubbed the “queen of nouveau pop” by MTV, Lorde combines catchy melodies with an offbeat, soulful delivery.
But don’t take my word for it….
-Diane Colson, currently reading VIII by H. M. Castor, and listening to Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman, narrated by Cassandra Campbell