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Book Review: Virgin – Radhika Sanghani


Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.


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.

Virgin has been rotting in my “to read” pile for an embarrassingly long time. In fact it was one of the first galleys I ever got on NetGalley. At least I had the wherewithal to send it to Kindle before it was archived and purged from my queue…not that I actually, you know, HAD a kindle until July of this year (or whenever the last Prime Day was and Kindle Fires were $30) since I’m still staunchly a Nook girl. Except I almost bought an eink Kindle this week too, until I told myself I could get it for dirt cheap next Prime Day so no… Since I prefer to read on eink devices (even the Kindle fire bothers me after a while) and I only read on my phone in really desperate situations…we have a recipe for Virgin to sit untouched for a couple of years. Now that I have the aforementioned Kindle Fire, I’m making an attempt to catch up on my galley backlog…because hey, free books…and I need to improve my abysmal feedback ratio on Netgalley, so I can be approved for books that are annoyingly difficult to get. Hopefully, there’ll be a bit more action around here as a result. Eventually I’ll even get to the eat & drink part of the title of this blog too. Baby steps!

Ellie is our virginal main character in this book, and she’s decided that as an almost graduate of college (or uni as it’s referred to in the book, which is delightfully British) and 21 years old, it’s time to bite the bullet and lose her virginity because she “wants to be eligible to take a chlamydia test” after visiting the clinic, where her doctor is kind of incredulous that she’s not sexually active. After a traumatic experience at 17 where it almost happened, Ellie hasn’t really had much luck in the male department…

Ellie was a pretty whiny and annoying character to be completely honest. It drove me up a wall. In spite of this, I did actually enjoy this book because it was just too painfully real – in a way, I was like her. Although, my virtue did not stay intact until 21, I can identify with the whole late bloomer thing and feeling like a repulsive loser because I didn’t have a boyfriend while most of everyone else around me did…like Ellie, when that ball finally did get rolling, these guys weren’t particularly fantastic human beings to say the least. Spoiler alert Ellie: It does get better. (That’s an IRL observation…not anything book-related.)

Ellie’s fascination with not seeming like a noob when she “lost her V plates” was pretty entertaining. Of course, I always managed to be reading these awkwardly hilarious passages while on the subway, so I had to give the side eye to make sure no creepers were ogling my Kindle over my shoulder while Ellie goes allllllllllll in about learning about sex toys and masturbation in graphic detail.

Thank you Goodreads for tipping me off to the fact that this is actually a series now. I feel like the 2nd installment will be much better since Ellie might actually be able to enjoy herself and not be so concerned with her de-virginizing.

Obligatory disclaimer: I was given an e-ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Non-obligatory ramble: If you like to read, I strongly recommend signing up for NetGalley…because free books are awesome. Especially when you get to read them before everyone else. The only catch is, these are e-books, so if you’re grossly opposed to reading from a phone/iPad/Nook/Kindle, etc you might not enjoy the site so much