V is for Virgin (V is for Virgin #1)

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Title: V is for Virgin (V is for Virgin #1)

Author: Kelly Oram

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Page Count: 282

Blurb: 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?

Rating: ★★★★★

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My Thoughts

5 ‘I couldn’t put it down’ stars!!!

I don’t even know how I stumbled across this incredible book, but I’m glad I did! I went into reading this book expecting it to be an ‘eh’ read, but I should have punched ‘before me’ in the face for even remotely considering this book ever to be an ‘eh’ read. V is for Virgin is incredibly amazing, and I love this book with my entire being! Do you understand???

You ever promised yourself something and even though you knew everyone would be against it or make fun of you for it, you still kept the promise to yourself? Well, that’s practically what our heroine, Val is doing/did in this book. Val is an eighteen, a senior in high school, on the B turned A-list of popularity, Vice President for her student council, plays volleyball, tall, mature, intelligent, feisty, and strong-minded… Oh, I almost forgot one thing… a virgin (There is NOTHING wrong with being a virgin). Val was a virgin by choice, and she chose that choice because she didn’t want to make the same mistake her biological mother made. Val promised herself that she wouldn’t give into temptation and to save herself for her future husband. She dreaded dropping the bomb on guys whenever she knew that they would want more from her but what Val didn’t expect was the reaction she got from her three-month boyfriend, Zack.

“Telling someone you’re a virgin isn’t easy, to begin with, but telling someone that you plan on staying that way is even harder.”

The reaction she got from Zack may have lead Val being single by the end of the night and by the next morning seeing her ex-boyfriend making out with a new play toy girl. Val could have done multiple things in that situation, but instead, she got on top of a table spoke her mind and announced to the whole school that she was a virgin. See, If I were there, I would have started a slow clap or something, but instead Val got whispered and laughed at. Who laughs at someone for being a virgin? ESPECIALLY when half the people laughing and whispering are probably virgins too? Don’t worry, whispers and laughs didn’t bring Val down, not even close. Some people are driven off of anger, some are driven off of rejection, some are drive off of self-pride, and some are just driven off of the fact that they want to make a situation into a solution… Val was all of those, and that is how Virgin Val was created. Val found out that the outbursts at Zack were recorded and put on Youtube which allowed her to read comments she didn’t expect to find. The comments she read gave her an idea which leads to a school-wide campaign to rally support for ‘V’ is for Virgin and ‘A’ is for abstinence campaign.

You think Val’s campaign got nationwide by herself? She can thank Tralse or can I say, Kyle Hamilton for that. Give me 5 seconds while I fangirl like a total groupie right now. (1) KYLE IS ONE OF MY NEW FAVORITE BOOK BOYFRIENDS!! (2) HE’S SUCH A SMART ASS IT MAKES MY LAUGH BOX BREAK! (3) CAN HE WRITE A SONG ABOUT ME!?!?!? (4) WHY CAN’T I MARRY HIM!? (5) IF I WAS VAL, I WOULDN’T BE A VIRGIN FOR LONG. JUST SAYING!! Kyle Hamilton is the lead singer in a rock band called Tralse. You’re probably wondering what Val and a rock band would have to do with each other, but if it weren’t for them Val wouldn’t have gotten even close to as famous, and she is. If it wasn’t for Val’s best friend, Cara dragging Val to one of the Tralse shows to ask them to perform at their high school annual Huntington High Fall Festival, who knows if Val would have gone nationwide or even school-wide with her cause.

“Big fans?” Shane asked.
I grabbed hold of Cara in case her knees decided to give out. “She’s the big fan,” I sad.
“Just her?” Kyle smirked like he didn’t believe me.
I didn’t mean to be rude, but I’d been on the defensive so much today that I automatically responded to the challenge in his voice. “That’s what I just said, isn’t it?”
“Legs with attitude.” Kyle’s tone warmed with approval. “Why don’t you bring those beauties over here. I got a spot all ready for ‘em.”
He and his buddies all chuckled when he patted his lap.
I wasn’t exactly impressed.
“I think these legs are fine where they are, thank you very much.”
Kyle wasn’t deterred at all by my rejection. “I wouldn’t have expected legs like those to be quite so shy.”
“Not shy,” I informed him. “Just holding out for a better offer.”

Okay. Okay. I never said that Val and the Tralse were the best of friends, but they did play a significant role in her campaign. I keep saying this because Val gave Kyle a run for his money. Yes, a virgin gave a rock star a run for this money. He didn’t expect Val to put him in his place, embarrassed him in front of his band and everyone or even turn him down but for Kyle, all he heard in his head was “challenge accepted.” Did Val and Cara convince Tralse to perform at the Festival? Yes.

I almost said yes. After what he just did for Cara I sort of wanted to, but something stopped me. “You’d really play an entire concert for free just to go on a date with me?
“Looks that way, doesn’t it?”
“Why”? I asked.
Kyle’s eyes dropped briefly to the V hanging from my neck and his frown melted into a cocky smile. “I can’t resist a good challenge.”
That’s what I thought. “Well, I’m afraid you have a problem then, Kyle.”
“What’s that?”
“I never back down from a challenge either,” I pointed to the jeans I was wearing. “This is one pair of pants you’ll never get into.”
“Ah, but you still have a whole closet full of others, and at least one very sexy skirt, don’t you?”
“None of which you’ll ever get your hands on either.”
Kyle crossed his arms over his chest, studying me with a gleam in his eyes. “So that’s how this is going to go?”
I matched his posture and then threw his own words back at him. “Looks that way, doesn’t it?”

Did Val almost KILL Kyle because he made a song about her? Of course.

“She’s smokin’ hearts with a burnin’ flame
She’s got a wild side without a name
And when she’s riled it’s a cryin’ shame
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I’ve got it bad
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I’m going’ mad

Cause in your head you’ve got it right
Won’t go to bed without a fight
You think you’re wise, you think it shows
So show me wise without those clothes

She’s playin’ hardball, and it’s nothin’ new
Short skirts so enjoy the view
She’s a cold-blooded tease baby through and through
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I’ve got it bad
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I’m goin’ mad

Cause in your head you’ve got it right
Won’t go to bed without a fight
You think you’re wise you think it shows
So show me wise without those clothes

Come on Legs don’t go to waste
I could be your only savin’ grace
Put those morals on the back burner
Something tells me you’re a fast fast learner

Did I swoon like no other? Yes.

That is why Tralse played an important part in Val’s cause… a bad boy lead singer + a high school virgin + Paparazzi = Val gets camera time and so does ‘V’ for Virgin + ‘A’ for abstinence. The more Kyle chased after Val, the more Tralse fans became Val’s fans or even her enemies. Val accepted the spotlight until things started to spiral out of control and her life started changing before her eyes. Will everything she worked for become an epic fail? Will she lose close people in her life? Will Virgin Val take over Val? Will this book be the death of me? (Yes) Will Val give into Kyle?

“The Top Ten Reasons Why Virgin Val Sucks:

10. She called me a one-hit-wonder.
9. She doesn’t appreciate the endearing nickname I gave her.
8. She makes me write stupid blogs about her at four in the morning.
7. She’s encouraging people not to have sex.
6. She blew me off when I asked her out.
5. She has a crush on a douche bag.
4. She won’t answer any of my calls.
3. She’s such a tease with her look-but-don’t-touch policy.
2. I played a whole effing concert just for her, and she didn’t come even though she told me she would. (You’re such a liar!)
And the #1 reason why Virgin Val sucks?
I still want her anyway.-Kyle

It was quick, perfect, witty, hilarious, simple, unique, and rememberable. All the things you would want in a book. I’m not asking; I’m telling you to read this book so what are you going to do? Read the book? Smart move 😉

P.S. THE EPILOGUE WAS LIFE!!!!

On to A is for Abstinence !!

V is for Virgin Duology

Review on another book in the series:

**SOON TO COME Review on another book in the series***

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