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Monday, August 4, 2014

Virgin, Radhika Sanghani (Review)

Title: Virgin
Series: Standalone
Author: Radhika Sanghani
Published: August 5th, Berkley
Format: Print Copy Received For Review

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.

Ok... this book.  I'm not sure what I was expecting.  I think maybe a sort of romcom type of book?  Surely, it was bound to have some funny situations... I just finished Virgin by Radhika Sanghani, and honestly - I have some mixed feelings about it.

First, the cover - I love it.  It is that simple attention grabbing 'V' that really speaks to me.  When I can't have some sexy man flaunting his abs or sexified back at me, I love to see something simple like this.  It's beautiful.  And hey, my print copy says that Joan Rivers loved it.  Joan Rivers?  Yeah, huh?  I guess she's big in the entertainment world, but when I received my book in the mail and saw that, I kind of wanted to cringe.

So the story.  It's about Ellie, and it's in first person POV, for those of you that notice those things.  I don't.  I actually just now opened my book to check haha.  Anyways, Ellie is this twenty one year old girl living in London and going to school.  She's Greek, and she's always been a bit awkward.  She's gone to an all girls school, and was a late bloomer as she puts it.  And Ellie is obsessed with her sexual status, because obviously, she's a virgin.  Sigh... OK, I know the book is about her being a virgin, but OMG, I wanted to tell the girl to just shut it already.  However, I still liked her.  It was weird.  Like her nonstop droning about her unused vagina wore on me, but she's also a good friend and quite funny.

This book was definitely unusual.  There was almost no sex.  When sexual situations were brought up, it almost felt like they were... instructional?  Clinical?    Like seriously, the girl took handwritten notes from watching porn trying to learn how to give a blow job.  Hello, "Lick it like an ice pop"?   There is also a massive amount of discussion about pubic hair.  When Ellie isn't thinking about how to get some penetration going, she's obsessing about her pubic hair.  It was way too much.  Wax it, tweeze it, cream it, leave it... It was exhausting.  But at one point there is a waxing situation that arose that was quite humorous.

The story itself was pretty good.  Ellie doesn't have a lot of people in her life, a couple good friends.  Quality over quantity.  I'm particularly fond of Emma.  She's quite out there without being annoying, and she was a great influence on Ellie. Meanwhile, almost all the men in the book either irritated me or made me yawn, save one.  And he was gay, so go figure.

Overall, I liked it.  I know, I pretty much said that already.  There were a few things that bugged me (like the ignorance of "vlog"  as a common modern term)  The characters were interesting and fun.  Some of the language was a bit slow for me, lot's of what I assume is London slang.  However, I did catch myself giggling a couple times through the story, and that's awesome in itself.

So it's kind of New Adult in the fact that she's in college... it's not really a romance, so don't expect romcom.... Maybe just the com part.  I see some people on Goodreads classify it as Chick-Lit.  Hell, I have no idea.  But it was a cute story!