Expected publication: December 11, 2012 by Bluefields
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?
V is for Virgin, quirky but inspirational, was both more and less than I was expecting.
The thing I love most about Oram’s writing is that she manages to create such likeable, believable characters, while still keeping it fun. There’s a softness to it that reminds me of the brat pack movies. V is for Virgin tackles some weighty issues when it comes to sex, but it’s still lighthearted in a way that makes it extremely entertaining.
Virgin Val is one of my favorite characters in quite some time. I love that she stays true to herself and really stands her ground. She doesn’t let anyone get in the way of what she wants, and she is fierce with determination. One of the things I loved most about her was that she wasn’t extremely judgmental. Her choices were her choices, but in general, she didn’t really judge people for theirs. I liked that about her.
That was actually something I loved about the story in general. Val has her personal beliefs and commitments, but this isn’t a preachy story. It doesn’t shove abstinence or celibacy down anyone’s throat. It promotes one’s right to choose for themselves, and not be ashamed of their choices.
I personally would have liked to see more romance, but this is all a matter of preference. Truth be told, if there was more romance, I may have liked it less because that may have taken away from Val’s character. I was expecting it to be a bit more steamy, so I will say the blurb mislead me a bit. It’s definitely more about Val and her personal commitment than it is about her brewing relationship with Kyle Hamilton.
I really liked V is for Virgin, and it’s definitely something I would recommend, especially to actual teenagers.