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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425276317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425276310
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Virgin is laugh out loud, share with a friend, nonstop entertainment. Even Bridget Jones’s Diary could take a page from this novel.”—Joan Rivers

"Bridget Jones and Carrie Bradshaw, meet your wisecracking, vagina-obsessed match. Sanghani’s debut is a hilarious, irreverent look at smart-alecky, painfully self-conscious, 21-year-old Ellie’s relentless mission to rectify a disastrous first attempt at performing oral sex, get deflowered, find the perfect Brazilian wax, avoid her tradition-bound Greek mother’s nagging, graduate summa cum laude, be a writer, and fit in...This story for millennials is a wonderful blend of modern angst with old-fashioned sweetness."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

About the Author

Radhika Sanghani is a journalist for The Daily Telegraph where she specialises in writing about women and women’s issues.  She has an MA in Newspaper Journalism from City University London, a BA in English Literature from University College London, and recently came second in GQ's Norman Mailer writing competition.  This is her debut novel.  She is currently working on a sequel which follows Ellie into ‘The Slut Years.’

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Customer Reviews

The first reason is because it was way too detailed.
Josie Ann
Overall, I really enjoyed the read and would definitely recommend it to those looking for a good laugh and a book with feminist qualities.
Becky P
I'd actually like to recommend it for girls 13 and up, but due to some sexual content, I can't without people tossing pitchforks at me.

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cocktails and Books on August 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I thought the synopsis sounded interesting and I’ve heard the book is funny so I decided to see what all the hype was about. The book started out humorous and I loved the little anecdotes the main character, Ellie thought and occasionally blurted out embarrassingly. However, as the story progressed, my humor faded at Ellie’s obsession to lose her virginity. She looked at it as a something unusual and tragic instead of something beautiful and priceless.

The story starts out with Ellie at the doctor’s office. She notices on a computer screen of her medical records a word in all caps: VIRGIN. This is very disheartening for Ellie because she doesn’t want her doctor, or anyone else, to know she’s a virgin. She shames herself for it, lies to her friends about it and decides to vlog about it. Ellie also decides she needs to lose it fast to anything male that breathes.

Long story short, Ellie does meet a guy and she does lose her “V-plates” to him. She thinks she’s falling for him and that he is falling for her, but in reality, he is falling for someone else and she is kicked to the friend zone, permanently. Only then does she think about the consequences of her actions of having sex with someone she doesn’t know that well and decides to visit her doctor again.

Ellie is adamant that her doctor change her medical records status from VIRGIN to SEXUALLY ACTIVE or something equally blatant. She is tested for HIV and STDs and finds out she does have chlamydia. Of course, her world is over but then her friend says that chlamydia is basically no big deal and “everybody has it,” and it’s fine.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages on August 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow. I loved this book so much! I'm really hot and cold when it comes to New Adult. Sometimes it just doesn't work for me and other times, it kills it. Virgin was the latter. It absolutely killed it. It was filled to the brim with humor that every woman can relate to. Admittedly, it won't be a book for everyone. It isn't full of swoon worthy guys. It doesn't have scorching sex scenes. But what it does have is a wonderful story, amazing characters, and outstanding writing. I'll take those three over swoon and sex any day!

Ellie is hilarious. I so wish that she and I were best friends! There were so many moments in the book that I was laughing out loud at her antics. But there were also those times whenever I wanted to just squeeze her in a big hug and tell her it'd be okay. I truly bonded with this character. I loved watching her growth throughout the book. Radhika Sanghani does a brilliant job at showcasing her characters and did such a phenomenal job at creating and nurturing Ellie.

This book deals with things that all of us women ponder daily. I would pay good money for the Vlog to be a real website! I'd visit every day. There is so much to connect to in this story. Even if you can't connect with Ellie and her virginity, there are plenty of other characters and situations that you will. This isn't a cliche book about a girl losing her virginity. It is so much more. I only wish that I could have spent more time with Ellie!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liz @ Fictional Candy on August 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
k... this book. I'm not sure what I was expecting. I think maybe a sort of romcom type of book? Surely, it was bound to have some funny situations... I just finished Virgin by Radhika Sanghani, and honestly - I have some mixed feelings about it.

First, the cover - I love it. It is that simple attention grabbing 'V' that really speaks to me. When I can't have some sexy man flaunting his abs or sexified back at me, I love to see something simple like this. It's beautiful. And hey, my print copy says that Joan Rivers loved it. Joan Rivers? Yeah, huh? I guess she's big in the entertainment world, but when I received my book in the mail and saw that, I kind of wanted to cringe.

So the story. It's about Ellie, and it's in first person POV, for those of you that notice those things. I don't. I actually just now opened my book to check haha. Anyways, Ellie is this twenty one year old girl living in London and going to school. She's Greek, and she's always been a bit awkward. She's gone to an all girls school, and was a late bloomer as she puts it. And Ellie is obsessed with her sexual status, because obviously, she's a virgin. Sigh... OK, I know the book is about her being a virgin, but OMG, I wanted to tell the girl to just shut it already. However, I still liked her. It was weird. Like her nonstop droning about her unused vagina wore on me, but she's also a good friend and quite funny.

This book was definitely unusual. There was almost no sex. When sexual situations were brought up, it almost felt like they were... instructional? Clinical? Like seriously, the girl took handwritten notes from watching porn trying to learn how to give a blow job. Hello, "Lick it like an ice pop"?
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