“Virgin” by Radhika Sanghani (2014)
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Humor, Romance
Page Length: 304 pages (paperback edition)
Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.
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. (description from Goodreads)
“Virgin” is a laugh out loud novel about a girl named Ellie who is trying to lose her “v-card”. She enlists the help of close friends in order to learn more about sex and feels the heavy weight of societal and peer pressure that guide her to decide to lose her “v-card”. Her reason? Everyone else has already “done it”. Ellie feels like she’s always the outsider looking in, so this is what mainly motivates her to go on this quest.
I found this book to be hilarious, with many cringe worthy events that had me laughing throughout the entire novel. I found the novel also to be relatable to many of what some twenty-somethings may be going through. Though women at this age have passed the puberty years we still worry about things like growing up, asking real questions, and we are still trying to understand boys.
The novel also doesn’t just focus on sex, but it’s also a novel about trying to find yourself and being comfortable in your own skin. And through this quest Ellie ultimately becomes more confident about herself and her body. I think this book is a great novel that women should read. I also really enjoyed the fact that it talks openly about subjects in way that doesn’t make readers uncomfortable and rather opens up the table for discussion.
If you’re looking for a fun, light read “Virgin” is a great choice! 4 out of 5 stars!