Wednesday, March 26, 2014

V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram Book Review

V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram
Published Date: December 11th, 2012
Publisher: Bluefields
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
eBook, 360 pages

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?

 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book mostly for everything that it wasn't. It wasn't so heavy laden with sex or the idea that sex is this thing that you have to do and everyone is doing it. I enjoyed that the author was able to tell a story that was somehow both sexy and innocent without overlapping in any one specific direction.

I know that some people will have a problem with this P.O.V. citing it as unrealistic but it is very realistic and it is totally okay to wait for sex. Some will some won't but I like that the author makes it so that it's okay to not do it.

The characters all live very realistic and very relatable lives. The main character Val, found herself in a very compromising position and she found the strength inside of herself no matter the reason to just say no, and despite the backlash held that stance. This resulted in her facing an insurmountable level of ridicule but it made her stronger. It made her stance stronger and in the end she got the man regardless. I truly wish there were more stories like this one. Especially circulating in the YA genre. I don't typically like to read books of the same story written from an additional perspective but I think I might may that exception here.

It's a great book with a great message for a younger audience.

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