Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Review: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

Rating: ★★★★ stars
Date published: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
Synopsis: 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.

What I Thought:

There's been a lot of hype surrounding this book.  Naturally I picked it up and read it.  I read the book pretty quickly and enjoyed it for the most part.  I both liked and disliked one aspect of the book: how realistic it was.  Now I'm sure you're wondering why I said that.  I'll get to that in a little bit.

I liked Ellie.  I understood her pain.  She was ready to get rid of her pesky hymen and she was going to do it and get it out of the way.  She was sure she could do it without getting emotionally attached.  I understood where she was coming from just as I understood all her reactions post-coitus.  I liked how I was taken on a journey detailing all of Ellie's (non)experiences with the male flesh.  Some of them made me laugh so hard my chest hurt and others made me feel sad and embarrassed, just as she was.

Coming back to the realistic part.  I liked how the book treated the issue of virginity.  It wasn't glossed over or treated lightly.  Neither was there any preaching or judging of when a girl/woman should have sex or not. I really liked the message it portrayed.  That being said, I was hoping since this book was being touted as new adult there'd be a lot more sex and a some sort of happy-for-now ending.  I know, me and my expectations don't mean I'm going to get what I want.  I know I can't have it both ways, but would love it if I could.

I think this book should be a must read for every teenager once they hit puberty.  It doesn't matter what your sexuality or gender is, the message is clear.  I also feel like the book is this generations Bridget Jones's Diary. It is something women of all ages can relate to.  I look forward to seeing what Radhika writes next.  After all, she now has a high bar to measure up to.

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About the Author
Radhika Sanghani is a journalist for the Daily Telegraph, where she specializes in writing about women and women’s issues. She has an MA in newspaper journalism from City University London, a BA in English literature from University College London, and recently came in second in GQ’s Norman Mailer writing competition. Virgin is her debut novel.

* A copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions ar emy own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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