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<club-desc-paragraph>Seventeen-year-old Farrah Turner is one of two Black girls in her country club community, and the only one with Black parents. Her best friend, Cherish Whitman, adopted by a white, wealthy family, is something Farrah likes to call WGS—White Girl Spoiled. With Brianne and Jerry Whitman as parents, Cherish is given the kind of adoration and coddling that even upper-class Black parents can’t seem to afford—and it creates a dissonance in her best friend that Farrah can exploit. When her own family is unexpectedly confronted with foreclosure, the calculating Farrah is determined to reassert the control she’s convinced she’s always had over her life by staying with Cherish, the only person she loves—even when she hates her.<club-desc-paragraph>
<club-desc-paragraph>When strange things start happening at the Whitman household—debilitating illnesses, upsetting fever dreams, an inexplicable tension with Cherish’s hotheaded boyfriend, and a mysterious journal that seems to keep track of what is happening to Farrah—it’s nothing she can’t handle. But soon everything begins to unravel when the Whitmans invite Farrah closer, and it’s anyone’s guess who is really in control.<club-desc-paragraph>
<club-desc-paragraph>On BookClub, author Bethany C. Morrow joins Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss of Belletrist for a deeper look at how Cherish Farrah embodies “social horror,” the relationships between teenage girls, and how Bethany built these complex and challenging characters. Farrah’s chilling, unforgettable voice and the book’s searing commentary on race and class make this a Belletrist + BookClub pick you won’t soon forget.<club-desc-paragraph>
Bethany C. Morrow
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Bethany C. Morrow
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<club-landing-paragraph>Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss introduce Bethany C. Morrow and her book CHERISH FARRAH. They discuss what inspired the book, what it really means to “write what you know,” and the moment that surprised Bethany while writing the book. Emma + Karah also watch one of Bethany’s Discussion Guide Answers.<club-landing-paragraph>
<club-landing-paragraph>Bethany, Emma, and Karah discuss the difference between social horror and racist horror, how Bethany writes teenage characters in YA versus Adult fiction, and the importance of making sure Black girls know they are seen in YA. Emma and Karah watch another of Bethany’s Discussion Guide Answers.<club-landing-paragraph>
<club-landing-paragraph>Bethany shares some of her writing process with Emma and Karah, and the three discuss the complicated relationship between teenage girls, why Cherish and Farrah keep coming back to each other, and why all narrators are unreliable.<club-landing-paragraph>
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