V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

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?

 

Val is a virgin. Born to a teen mother who gave her up for adoption at the chance of a better life, leaves her with only a letter and a necklace with the letter V. Eighteen year old Val is a popular girl, not so much with the 'in' crowd, but she had her best friend Cara and boyfriend Zach. Zach and Val have been dating for a few months, and have never discussed sex. He clearly assumed that, like most couples, the time would come where they would make the decision to take their relationship further, but Val is a virgin for a reason. She wont have sex until she is married. Once Val explains to Zach that she is waiting until marriage, he dramatically breaks off their relationship, and that's where the REAL story begins.

The rumors are  spreading through the school like wildfire. Zach, with his male pride in tatters, implies that he and Val did indeed have sex, and the experience was horrible, hence the breakup. Usually polite and quiet Val would push her feelings aside, but decides that she has had enough of being mocked and makes a brash announcement. Standing on a table top, shouting to the students that Zach is a liar, she is a virgin and proud to be waiting until marriage. If that wasn't mortifying enough, someone has filmed her outpost and posted it on Youtube... Where she is fast becoming known as 'Virgin Val'.

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Kyle! Kyle is a so called 'Bad Boy' rock star. More of a smart mouthed flirt than the bad boy cliche. Kyle takes an interest in Val, which in turn increases Val's popularity. Before she knows it, she's known as the 'V for Virgin' ambassador, has her own jewellery line and supports both the right to retain your virginity and abstinence. Kyle isn't making her life easy, he writes songs about her, blogs about her and confesses that he would do just about anything for a chance to have her V card. 

When Val's world starts to crumble, overwhelmed, overworked and on the verge of being friendless, can Kyle show her that he is interested in more than Val's purity and that she's worth waiting for

Fresh and funny in parts, but I was lost somewhere within the true meaning of the story. Was that it is better to wait until your in love or care about the person? Well, yes, that goes without saying. But there was no opposing voice, that it IS alright to have sex, the world wont end. As long as it's your decision and your not coerced. Zach's character was supposedly the voice of reason towards the end, but it wasn't a very strong point at all. A bit too one sided for me.

Val was likable in the beginning, but her 'virgin' crusade became more of a constant lecture and not supporting the cause. If that's your prerogative to wait until your married, more power to you, you go girl and other various cliched motivational sayings, but it's not for everyone. I just found her annoying by the end.

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V Is For Virgin

Written By Kelly Oram

Published 11 / 12 / 2012

360 Pages

4 comments

  1. Good for Val. She shouldn't let a guy make her do something she doesn't want to. Sounds like it got to her head and the message was lost whatever it was but it's still nice to see that there is a YA book out there that's like this one. I've read a couple where they have sex which is fine do whatever you want but it's stupid the way the characters act. *cough cough* Perfect Chemistry.

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  2. As soon as anyone mentions Perfect Chemistry, I automatically think of Elle's review on Goodreads HERE. A funny read and plays on how the characters in the series are too cliched and 'stereotypical' to be anywhere near real. The message to V is for Virgin is long overdue, but the message is hidden behind an annoying character.

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