Book: Virgin | Author: Radhika Sanghani | Started: June 22 | Finished: June 23 | Pub date: August 5th, 2014
Synopsis: Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it. Yet. This is normal, right? I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right? It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed. The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now? Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun? I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen. Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious. [via Goodreads]
I received this from Netgalley for an honest review. Nothing mentioned in the review are direct quotes from the book per instructions from the publisher.
Going into this book, I wasn’t sure if I would love it or hate it. I knew that it had promise to be uplifting, funny, and could probably help boost my self esteem. I knew that it could also be awkward, embarrassing, and make me feel weird about my body. Thankfully, it did the former. I got way more out of this book than I expected.
This book is for everyone that has ever been shamed for having sex and for everyone that has been shamed for not having sex. This book is for everyone with a vagina that they love. This book is for everyone with a vagina that they hate. This book is for everyone that has a completely different sex life than their best friend but wishes they had the same. There are so many aspects in Virgin. It was addicted.
First there was the humor. Ellie being addicted to her virginity and wanting to lose it was something that I think a lot of people her age can relate to. Her fascination with losing her virginity was entertaining. Her previous attempts at sexual things had me spitting out my drink from laughing so hard. I needed a book to make me laugh and Virgin delivered. The relationship she has with her vagina is one that I feel everyone with a vagina can relate to. I highly doubt there is really someone on earth that gladly goes to get a Brazilian. Virgin is a strong book for the same way that Emma and Ellie’s vlog was strong- because it talked about things we wouldn’t find elsewhere. I’ve never read another book that talked about vaginas in a way that didn’t make me uncomfortable and self conscious about it.
The stories that Ellie’s friends would tell her are things that happen to all of us. I think we’ve all had friends that were more advanced than us. We live for those stories and their dirty secrets.
Virgin sheds light on everything that a twenty-something goes through when it comes to sex for the first time. I love books that show female friendships as healthy. Ellie and Emma, even Ellie and Lara, have healthy relationships. They aren’t secretly hating each other but hang out because they feel they have to. The closer Emma and Ellie got, the happier I was that Virgin had two completely different people become such good friends. This was a very strong book with subject matter that isn’t seen often. We need more books like this. Virgin is honest, open, and hilarious.
There were no embarrassing parts either. I’m not sure if that’s because I have a vagina and many of the things talks about in the book are things that I’ve talked about or thought about, but I know that I never felt weird reading this book.
I truly hope that this book becomes popular, especially in the New Adult and Young Adult crowd. It’s unlike any book that I’ve ever read and that’s a good thing. I will definitely be looking for this in stores.
I truly believe that if this book doesn’t get big in the New Adult genre, then there is something wrong in the NA genre. This book is a must read for everyone with a vagina. And anyone that is interested in how women in their twenties feel about sex. This book had so much potential and it did not fail.