Review: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

Challenge criteria: A book you own but have never read.

Blurb:

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.

What I liked:
I thought it was fantastic that for once, there was a novel where the girls didn’t always get the guy at the end.

Also, this book needed a lot more of Ellie’s mam than it actually featured. She was hilarious.

What I didn’t like:

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not a prude. But quite a lot of this book made for seriously uncomfortable reading.

Like the fact that Ellie has reached the ripe age of 21 without any prior thought to Google some of her concerns regarding sex, rather than making her own (misinformed) calls on the matter.

That, for the majority of the novel, at an age where Ellie should be concerning herself with her career, and what grade she’s going to get at the end of uni, her biggest concern is whether she can find someone who would be willing for a ride and hide just so she can deposit her V card. Ellie clearly had not much self confidence, and it showed.

Ellie also seemed very immature for someone of 21 – her blasé reaction to her sexual health is actually frightening, and it could lead to readers thinking the same solution she took is ok.

For a girl who is obviously very well liked among her peers (she has three separate groups of friends, and they all seem to get on very well with her), it was a little difficult to believe Ellie had never in her life been the subject of male attention. Even me, the class ugly duckling, had her first kiss at 15.

Or the fact she began exploring masturbation before her age had even hit double figures. There’s something not quite right about reading something like that.

Out of five?: 

A measly, but well deserved, two. It had a great girl power ending, but Ellie isn’t someone I’d want as a friend. The sheer discomfort I felt while reading this really knocked it down a peg for me.

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