Title : Virgin
Author : Radhika Sanghani
Series : N/A, Standalone
Genre : Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit, New Adult
Number of Pages : 304
Publication Date : June 2014
Publisher : Berkley
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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?
-Abbreviated/edited Goodreads blurb
I chose this book because of the quippy blurb. I thought it sounded cute and fun and reminded me somewhat of a Meg Cabot setup, but then I almost missed out on it because I wasn't paying attention to my Adobe Digital Editions expiration dates. I'm glad I didn't. This was a fun read.
I admit, at first I was worried. Immediately within the first couple of pages, the language was more frank and graphic than I've been reading of late. I'm not a complete prude, but I was mildly uncomfortable for just a bit. I got over it. (I also thought very quickly that this might be a book that Karsyn would like.)
The prose is very blunt and she occasionally uses semi-awkward sexual terms. "VJ"? I assume this is a frequent abbreviation used by those in the U.K. for vagina? I don't know. Maybe it's just Ellie (the main character). She tends to use weird abbreviations. There is a bit of a cultural barrier that shows up once in a while, but again...not enough to give me much trouble. I've read books by British authors and been stumped by their different word choices before. I learn. I get myself a little cultural exposure. Jumper? Yep...sweater. Got it. Pants? Underwear. See...I'm a pro at this.
Once I got past my own awkwardness, this book turned out to be very fun to read. She is very relaxed with her writing and the book reads quickly and easily. I finished it in a few hours and was happy that I had the time to read it all in one sitting. It moved very well. Again...highly reminds me of a Meg Cabot novel in that way.
I loved Ellie. She is quirky and fun with a little neurotic mixed in; just like a lot of other girls I happen to know. To me, she was identifiable and realistic. There were a few of her awkward moments that I could identify with. My teenage years were not the most graceful and I certainly had my share of uncertainty with myself and my body in my late teens/early twenties.
I read a couple of other quips from fellow readers who felt that Ellie was a problem because she's not a strong feminist character and she makes the gender seem weaker and more focused on their relationships with men, blah, blah, blah. (This is why I typically don't look at any other reviews before I'm done with mine.) I disagree. I think that approach is far too stodgy. Relax a little and have fun when you read a book. Geez. Ellie's not meant to be a serious and proper character, she's meant to be a realistic representation of a woman her age. A lot of women in their young twenties (I know this because I was one once upon a time) aren't worried about feminist agendas and the oppression of the female gender by a male-centered culture. (Ugh. I almost hate myself just for writing that dreck.) They're more concerned with how they fit in among their peers and how they feel about themselves. I know I was.
For me, Ellie was great. I thought she was bouncy and brave. She had issues with herself that she worked through during the progress of the book and I was proud of her growth. I may have disagreed with some of the conclusions she came to in the end, but that's fine...she's not me. To each their own. I did, however, enjoy her journey and I laughed along with her mishaps. It was entertaining.
Oh...and I really, really, really liked the addition of the vlog. I wanted more of that. I think that premise could create a spin-off novel of its own. I would read it.
If you like quippy chick lit and you don't have issues with sexuality in novel form (it's not a true romance novel, but there are some umm...anatomical descriptions of actions), then give this one a try. It's like a more grown up version of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. And I liked it. Quite a bit.