Monday, December 17, 2012

V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

When high school senior Valerie Jensen promised herself she would remain a virgin until marriage, she never imagined she'd find herself in the midst of a media frenzy.  However, that's exactly what happens after her boyfriend dumped her for her convictions and her angry tirade at his new fling lands on a social networking site and promptly goes viral.  She soon finds herself as the poster child for an abstinence campaign and a tabloid darling when a lustful teen rock star becomes determined to get her to break her vow.

I really enjoyed this novel.  It was refreshing to read a Young Adult novel with a strong female protagonist who wasn't stuck in a dystopian universe! Valerie is a modern teen in today's world who is determined to stand up for her convictions and determination to remain a virgin until marriage, which I found admirable.  I loved that Valerie had many interests outside of boys and relationships.  The author also did an excellent job of not writing a preachy narrative.  The pros and cons of engaging in a sexual relationship was explored with equal weight.

I have to add though that I found it really funny that Valerie's boss at her part-time job was described as a "senior citizen" who "eats dinner at 4:30 and goes to bed around seven..."  when she is only in her 60s.  I guess I need to break the news to my 61 year old mother that she is a senior citizen and tell my grandparents who are in their 80's and go to bed after 11PM that they need to get with the program.  Valerie may need to work on her perceptions of age.  Regardless, "V is for Virgin," by Kelly Oram is a fun, fast read that I'd recommend to all teens.  The novel is currently only available as an e-book so check your local online e-book retailers.  For more information, please visit, the author, Kelly Oram's website.

The host of the "V is for Virgin" blog tour is offering a giveaway that you can enter here.  And to check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour, please visit the host's site.

As always, I received no financial compensation for this review.

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