V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram
Age Range: 14 and up
Series: V is for Virgin #1
Paperback: 282 pages
Publisher: Bluefields (February 5, 2014)
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
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?
About the Author:
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her
favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and
friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too
much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of
Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.
This was an interesting book. It wasn’t anything like I expected. I
honestly thought it was going to be a YA romance, but it was more of a
girl’s mission to maintain her choice and encourage others to stand up for themselves and not cave to pressure.
I liked the message. I think more people (adults included) should read
this book. Valerie decides to save herself for marriage, and I liked her
reasons. Without being preachy or judgemental, she sticks up for her
choice and tries to help others understand that it’s okay to wait. She
puts up with a lot of ridicule and heartache because she is so vocal
about her decision, but I’m glad she was. I wouldn’t recommend giving
this book to a young reader, but an older teen would be fine. There is a
lot of discussion about sex and some humor about it, too.
As for Kyle Hamilton, I never really got to like him, which was weird
for me because I always like Kelly Oram’s guys, even if I wouldn’t like
them in real life. I liked Isaac a lot, but he’s the kind of guy I’ve always liked anyway.
Content: Innuendo, discussions of sex, a few mild curse words.