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?
V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram
High school student Valerie knows her birth mother’s story and is determined not to end up with her — pregnant at sixteen. But hanging onto her virginity creates a bigger problem than expected when her boyfriend breaks up with her over it and her reaction goes viral. Dubbed “Virgin Val” by the masses, she’s suddenly a role model for some and a laughingstock for others. Catching the eye of bad boy Kyle, lead singer of a popular band, only complicates things…
The Verdict: Unfortunately, this is one YA novel that wasn’t a lot of fun for me. I’d like to say I’ve moved on to more mature reading, but the truth is that I still love stories aimed at teens, so I thought this one would be another win for me — doubly so, since I picked it up through Kindle Unlimited. But V is for Virgin didn’t just read like it was written for sixteen year olds; it read like it was written by one. And this coming from someone who thoroughly enjoyed a story about a teen who found out she was an alien princess and defeated a group of assassins with her clumsy, nearly forgotten cheerleading moves.
Val was likeable enough, but the story was just too… I don’t know… too something. She sooooo overdid it with her declaration that was captured on video, and then she was practically obsessed over by the bad boy rock star, and then she was sought out as some kind of spokesperson for the teen abstinence movement. Maybe this is what teenage life is really like in a post Keeping Up with the Kardashians world? I’ll admit I’m pretty far removed from my teen years, but normally when I read stories set in high school, the only real difference between their lives and the one I remember is the advent of cell phones and the internet. Val’s story felt less like a teen’s life and more like a teen’s attempt at writing romance, even treading into Mary Sue territory pretty boldly.
That said, I don’t think it’s an awful book that should be avoided at all costs. But I do think it would be more appreciated by thirteen year olds than by eighteen year olds.
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