- File Size: 1397 KB
- Print Length: 282 pages
- Publisher: Bluefields (December 5, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 5, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AJUVJN8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I adored this book! Val is a character that is easy to like. She’s straightforward in her convictions. Her birth mother became a pregnant teen after a drunken encounter at a party and couldn’t even name Val’s father. Adopted, Val vows to not be her birth mother. She will wait until she finds someone to spend her life with. You have to love that conviction! It isn’t to hurt anyone as her boyfriend at the beginning of the book believes. She just refuses to become another teen mom. Val is headstrong, a little shy, and knows what she wants in life. I admire that.
When the video of her confrontation with her ex goes viral, Val earns the nickname “Virgin Val” and she’s devastated. She isn’t sure if she should be embarrassed or wear the name proudly. It takes seeing the responses to the video from her peers for her to decide something should be done. My heart breaks for her though as she goes through the transformation. Her friends aren’t as good as she thought, the media is relentless in finding skeletons in the closet, and then enters Kyle Hamilton, the consummate playboy.
Kyle is perhaps my favorite character. He sees Val as a challenge, but I also believe that he was infatuated with her. He genuinely likes her simply because she isn’t intimidated by his fame and speaks her mind to him. I may have rooted for him just a tad.
Overall, this book is great! It’s heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time. Val learns some hard truths about herself, the people she surrounds herself with, and how sometimes the heart wants what it can’t have. If you enjoy clean, romantic comedy, I highly recommend it!
The Verdict: Unfortunately, this is one YA novel that wasn’t a lot of fun for me. I’d like to say I’ve moved on to more mature reading, but the truth is that I still love stories aimed at teens, so I thought this one would be another win for me — doubly so, since I picked it up through Kindle Unlimited. But V is for Virgin didn’t just read like it was written for sixteen year olds; it read like it was written by one. And this coming from someone who thoroughly enjoyed a story about a teen who found out she was an alien princess and defeated a group of assassins with her clumsy, nearly forgotten cheerleading moves.
Val was likeable enough, but the story was just too… I don’t know… too something. She sooooo overdid it with her declaration that was captured on video, and then she was practically obsessed over by the bad boy rock star, and then she was sought out as some kind of spokesperson for the teen abstinence movement. Maybe this is what teenage life is really like in a post Keeping Up with the Kardashians world? I’ll admit I’m pretty far removed from my teen years, but normally when I read stories set in high school, the only real difference between their lives and the one I remember is the advent of cell phones and the internet. Val’s story felt less like a teen’s life and more like a teen’s attempt at writing romance, even treading into Mary Sue territory pretty boldly.
That said, I don’t think it’s an awful book that should be avoided at all costs. But I do think it would be more appreciated by thirteen year olds than by eighteen year olds.
Val, has to be one of my favorite characters ever written because she kept true to what she believed in. First I must say this book in NOT about religious beliefs, but it is about a personal choice made by a young woman. Val faces the usual pressures of teen life, but she stands her ground on an issue that means a great deal to her. Although she does meet a very big temptation in the form of Kyle, the rockstar, who happens have the complete opposite view on sex.
Our Val faces some tough situations that most people will never encounter and she managed through it, but unfortunately for our girl she does lose some relationships with people that she loved dearly.
At first, I was sad to see how Val's relationship with Cara (her bestie) and then her relationship with Kyle seem to completely shatter due to a difference in personal beliefs. However, I am happy to see that V is for Virgin does have a sequel and we get to see the continuation of Val and Kyle's journey.
This book would end in either a marriage or someone losing their virginity... but I was SO happy it didn’t.
I LOVED Virgin Val. How hard it must have been to write a love story without the ending you’re rooting for?! It tore me in half. I wanted Val to have a happy ending, but I wanted her to stay true to herself and keep her values and personal promises.
I LOVED Kyle. His character development was subtle and endearing - but SO realistic. He wasn’t a hero who all of a sudden could give up sex just to get the girl... like a real person.
I would give this book ten stars if I could. I’m so happy the sequel is out so I can read it immediately!! And I was stoked to read about some Mormons — because I am one 😉
I absolutely adored this book - and I know I’ll reread it over and over again!