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Vegan Virgin Valentine Hardcover – July 22, 2004
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Secretly, though, Mara is vulnerable: her college courses have left her without many high school friends, and she's still reeling from a painful breakup with equally high-achieving Travis. She hides her insecurities by trying to control absolutely everything, from her schedule to her emotions to her diet. She confesses that she has become a vegan not only because she is "grossed out by animal byproducts" but because veganism is "all-consumingly obsessive. . . . It can be a pain, but it helps keep my mind off things."
That's why, when Aimee's troublemaking daughter (and Mara's niece), sixteen-year-old V, comes to live with Mara's family while Aimee chases her surfer boyfriend to Costa Rica, Mara is furious. V has always had the ability to see through Mara's veneer and to call attention to Mara's fears and anxieties. When V moves in on Mara's ex, Mara vows never to be friends with this "class-ditching, chair-in-the-principal's-office-warming deadbeat."
V's tough-talking, no-nonsense attitude does rub off on Mara, though, as she begins to question why she has made the choices she has. When she starts to have feelings for James, her boss at the coffee shop, her life gets even more confused.Read more ›
This problem comes through almost like an agenda throughout the book. First of all, there's no way that a protagonist as intelligent as Mara wouldn't know why she didn't eat dairy and eggs as a vegan. (Eggs come from layer hens who are treated arguably worse than any other animal in today's modern factory farms; milk relies on separating a calf from its mother and sending the boy calves off for veal production, the other arguably worst agricultural practice today). Right away Mackler lost all credibility with me, there. No intelligent 17-year-old vegan would list her reason as: eggs come from a chicken's butt. Puh-leaze.
Then there's the oh-so-touching conversation with the mom in the car - But Mara, there is no right and wrong. Oh really? I'd love to have a discussion with Mackler about the philosophical and ethical implications of *that* statement.
Finally, Mara's "liberation" partly occurs when she orders cheese. I don't know, I guess I just wanted some, is her lame excuse.
There are ex-vegans out there (I'm wondering if Mackler is one), and many of them became vegans for half-baked reasons, or left veganism and then tried to justify it with a bunch of silly philosophies that they then prop up as much as possible. I've heard this before, as in, "I didn't want to be so rigid." I wonder if that's Mackler's thing.
But, speaking as a vegan, most of us don't dream of grilled cheese; we have actual reasons for not eating eggs and milk that you should look into by reading something like Peter Singer's "The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter", c) we do believe in the radical concept (!Read more ›
It's not a fantastic book, I've read better in this genre, and out of this genre there are better books, but I think for anybody who is just willing to sit back and escape their world for a while, it's a perfect book for that- which is what a book should be.
The story, as noted in other reviews is about a straight A high school student who, with the onset of her niece coming to live with her family and a new romantic relationship, is forced to re-evaluate why she wants to be valedictorian, and have enough college credits to begin college as a sophomore. It's your basic over-achiever who overcomes who she is "suppose" to be, to become who she really is.
There aren't any major revelations, when reading it, you know the course is inevitable and there aren't any major plot twists, but what makes the book entertaining is the language it's written in. It's not brilliant, but its a fast read, and fun- some parts can be laugh out loud funny if you're just willing to go along with it. I'd recommend it to anybody who just wants to sit back and be mildly amused for a few hours- not people looking for deeper meaning or characters with deep human complex emotions- what you get is on the page, and not a whole lot more, but I don't want my 4 hours back that it took to read it, so I feel like in the end, it was worth it.
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I'm only 13 years old but I really liked this book. I thought it would be some sort of cheesy love story like any other book would be, but it wasn't like that. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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It's another one of those books that are just alright, it's nothing I haven't read before. I have read books where girls with their "Life in Control" realize that they 1: Don't... Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Crystal
Great coming of age book. Helps show that growing up doesn't have to be perfect. Even when you don't get along family is still the number one priority.Published on July 29, 2013 by Kelly Jones
I really liked this book as I read it, but the end ruined it for me. I felt that there was no resolve for anything that was going on, other than graduation. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Katie Alligood
Such a cute fun easy quick read with a good message! I will definitely Red book 2! I can't wait to see where they go from here!Published on May 25, 2013 by motherof2
I LOVED this book. It was hard for me to put down, I breezed through it in a couple days! Great read!Published on December 19, 2011 by Abbeyyyy
Poor Mara. She has lived her whole life one way, and with appearance of V, it is blown away. Mara is vegan, a virgin, and her last name is Valentine. Read morePublished on June 30, 2011 by Book 'Em Blog
Vegan Virgin Valentine turned out to be an entirely satisfying read (well, listen-- I checked out the audiobook version). Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by Season Hughes