Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.Virgin (Virgin #1) by Radhika Sanghani
Published by Berkley on August 8, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult Fiction
Format: Paperback (304 pages)
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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.
Proceed With Caution:
This book contains blood, STDs, and dieting.
Virgin is narrated by Ellie, a twenty-one-year-old virgin on a mission! Ellie has been trying to lose her virginity for four years and it just didn’t seem to be happening. She feels left out of her social circle, since the topic always seems to circle back to sex. Is there something wrong with her? Why don’t guys want to sleep with her? She must be doing something wrong, right?
I adored Virgin. Even though it’s nearly a decade old, this New Adult novel felt fresh and refreshing. It’s not a romance. Not that Ellie isn’t looking for a boyfriend, but her main objective is to rid herself of her virginity. Along the way she gains new friends and experiences, learns more about her body and wants, and much hilarity ensues!
Despite the fresh take on young women and sex, something about Virgin immediately felt dated when I start reading it. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s not just the fact that it was published in 2014. It has a very early 2000s vibe. But where it really showed its age was when Ellie and her friend decide to start a blog about all their questions and experiences regarding their vaginas that they could never find answers to. They call it “vlog” because of course they did! I’m pretty sure vlogging, as in video blogging, was a thing in 2014, but maybe not? I mean, they were talking about SEO, which feels more modern than a vlog. Either way, it was distracting to read in 2022.
That said, Virgin is highly entertaining. Ellie gets herself into some…sticky situations. Literally and figuratively. I absolutely loved her adventures in bush whacking! Pubic hair is such an awkward topic, especially for young women. Shave it? Wax it? Leave it alone? Leave some of it alone? And it’s all done to please the male gaze! Which is something Ellie has to realize for herself. I cringed so much at her trials on figuring out what to do with her pubes. Been there, done that (except waxing, because oww!).
Virgin isn’t all about sex and sexuality and vaginas. There’s also a step-by-step guide on giving the perfect “blow gift.” Kidding! Well, not I’m not. That is included, but it also shows Ellie making new friends and opening up. It also deals with fighting with best friends and how to make up. She’s also finishing up college and trying to find a job or internship for in the fall. Of course, she’s also dating and that couldn’t possibly have gotten anymore awkward. It’s just a well-rounded read.