[Review] V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

V is for Virgin

Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Publication Date: December 11th, 2012
Pages: 360 (eBook)
Genre:  YA – Contemporary

When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation. 

After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy. 

As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.

How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?

Review
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.

Rating:
4 Cakes!

14 comments

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile now and I’m glad that it sounds just as good as I hoped it would be! Great review!

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    1. If you want to read something quick and light with a really good message, then I’d highly recommend this book! 😉

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  2. I was a little doubtful when your feed of review came into my dashboard! But one I started reading your review, I fell to adore Val. She can be my new hero! 😀 She truly is admirable, and this story seems something adorable and touching at the same time. ^^

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    1. Yeah Val is a really admirable heroine because she doesn’t let people change her opinion easily. She stays true to herself 🙂

      This book was touching but not the kind that made me cry… XD

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  3. I’ve heard about this book but wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to read it. I didn’t remember until I saw your review! Now I’ll definitely put it on top of my list. This sounds so fun and I think displaying a good message is important to all books!

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

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    1. You definitely should give it a try! Beside the good message, the characters can be funny too so the book is still in a light tone 😛

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  4. Val sounds very admirable. I haven’t read any books where this is talked about so I’m curious. It sounds good and I think it’s a important message to spread that u don’t buckle under pressure. Great Review Kezia!

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    1. Thanks! Val is a really great heroine! I rarely come across this topic but I think the author handles it well. 🙂

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  5. This actually sounds really good! I love it when an author writes about a delicate subject matter that is very real to teenagers – and this is certainly one of them! Quite a few teenagers nowadays like to talk about is sex! I’ve heard some stories from fellow classmates which just make me eye roll big-time. :3 I really like the sound of Val! I LOVE confident MCs who stand up for themselves and their beliefs – they’re awesome!

    Great review! 😀

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    1. Yeah even in YA books sometimes the characters end up having sex even though that’s quite pointless actually…

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  6. Really glad that this book was so good and that it had such a good message behind it.
    Really good review. Very insightful.

    DaydreamerN.blogspot.com

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