V is for Virgin
Publication Date: December 11th, 2012
Pages: 360 (eBook)
Genre: YA – Contemporary
I won this in a giveaway last month but had’t got the chance to read it until a few days ago.
V is for Virgin isn’t just about staying virgin until marriage. There’s more depth to the story and Kelly Oram handles the subject delicately, without being tedious or preachy. The book begins with Valerie spending the night at her boyfriend’s house and then they kiss and then her boyfriend wants to have sex but Valerie refuses so he dumps her. The next day everyone is making fun of her and her ex-boyfriend already hooks up with another girl. Valerie then proudly admits that she’s still a virgin and she will wait until marriage to do it only to find later that someone has recorded her and uploaded the video on Youtube. Pretty much after that, the video gets thousand of hits, lots of people support her actions and the campaign starts!
Valerie is the type of heroines that I adore. She’s brave enough to be honest, stand up for her beliefs and hold on to her commitment. I think she is a good role model — not necessarily about the whole virgin until marriage thing — but more importantly about her courage. I liked reading about Val growing her confidence chapter by chapter and what changes she brings to her surroundings.
The writing in this book is very light and fun, but behind the simplicity I could totally connect with the characters. Kyle is really funny and I laughed every time he and Val argue. Even though he seems like a total jerk in the beginning, eventually he changes too and becomes a better person. I like Val’s friends especially her friendship with Robin. I also found the ending very pleasing and I thought it concluded this book really well.
Overall, this is a quick but inspiring and heartwarming read. V is for Virgin sends a really important message: that we shouldn’t back down because of peer pressure, because we are afraid of what people might say about us. It’s about standing up for what you believe and despite the obstacles or consequences, you still manage to stay true to yourself.