{Review} Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

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{Review} Virgin by Radhika SanghaniVirgin by Radhika Sanghani
Publisher: Berkley Trade on August 5, 2014
Genre(s): Coming of Age (NA)
Pages: 304

Our Rating

4 Stars

Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.

Yet.

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.



This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

punk-saysSo…this book was pretty damn funny. Ellie is a 21 year old virgin, in her last year of university. She’s desperate to lose her virginity so she won’t think she’s such a loser anymore. The problem is, she had an embarrassing sexual encounter in her teen years and that has pretty much scarred her for life. It had to do with her unshaven bikini area and oral sex that involved teeth. Since then she has been pretty awkward around guys and has barely so much as kissed anyone in 4 years.

She’s so desperate to lose her virginity that she’s willing to do it on a one night stand with some guy that she met at a club. Not that it actually happens for her. Which only hurts her self-esteem more. And also leads to a rather stupid (imo) fight with her best friend.

The road to losing her virginity takes her on many crazy adventures. To getting a weird wax, to being told she kisses like a virgin, to her first time in a toy shop (and how to appropriately use a bullet). She eventually has the idea to start up a blog with her other friend Emma, which discusses all the things women may be nervous about when it comes to their bodies. It also kinda of document’s Ellie’s journey to non-virgin status.

The conversations she has with her friends are very similar to the conversations I have with my friends. I’m pretty vulgar and so are many of my friends and we often talk about sex, our bodies, etc. Actually I have a friend that throws toy parties and I’m sure you can imagine what we talk about during those. So I was able to identify with the characters to an extent and it was quite refreshing that a book with a female lead was discussing the real things that happen to her body and that her “love” story wasn’t all mushy and was pretty damn realistic.

The only two things that kept me from loving the book were how immature Ellie was and the characters’ casual attitude about chlamydia. I feel like at 21, and being reasonably smart, she should have been a bit more knowledgeable about her own body. I mean, I get that she was a bit “woe is me” about the still being a virgin thing, but as her friends like to remind her, there’s nothing wrong with being a virgin, her hang up is all in her head. At one point I wanted to tell her to stop trying so hard. She even denies being a virgin to Emma because she doesn’t want Emma to make fun of her. Does Emma make fun of her? Of course not!

Also, STDs are nothing to joke about and be totally “oh whatever, everyone has it.” That’s definitely sending a bad message. However it’s a very, very small part of the book, so it didn’t distract too much from the enjoyable parts of the book.

Overall, pretty funny book with relatable situations.

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About Radhika Sanghani

I have just written my debut novel VIRGIN, which will be coming out in August in America, with Penguin, and September here in the UK with Harlequin.

I'm a women's writer for The Daily Telegraph in London where I write on women's issues.
I read constantly and love reviewing contemporary novels. Feel free to get in touch!

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