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. – Goodreads
In Radhika Sanghani’s New Adult novel, Virgin, Ellie yearned to lose her virginity at all costs. Her friends did it. They normalized her life. So, why’s she abnormal?
What I Liked
- Its Humor. I cannot lie. I laughed, chuckled, and ugly snorted. From her desperate pursuits (e.g. The Bite Job) to the vagina tidiness factor (She describes her unsuccessful attempts at a tidy bush), she provided good teeters.
- Its Frank Language. Look, you’re reading about a young woman’s adventures in popping her cherry. If you seek clean-cut euphemisms, you’re wasting your time. Refreshing to see frankness in a society still covering their eyes at sexuality.
What I Loved
- Emma. Ensemble Darkhorse. See Ensemble Darkhorse. She’s cool, assured, and damn smart. She possessed complexity Ellie did not.
- Supportive Female Friendships. Along with Emma, the stronger of Ellie’s friends, her childhood friend Lara supported her ridiculousness and loved her faults, despite her annoyance with them. Any animosity’s short-lived, and like most friends, runs its course. By the way, bathroom sex in your friend’s cramped living space warrants a no-go. Don’t try it, but if you screw-up, clean the tub, please. Courtesy!
- London. I had no idea when I bought this book that my favorite international city back-dropped this tale, which kept my interest. If a story’s centered there, chances are high, it owns my attention. I must add that her travels to South London to North London (Camden) seemed damn fast. I need to recalculate how I get back and forth next time I visit.
What I Did Not Like
- Ellie. Okay. I get that I’m not the targeted demographic, but still I enjoy YA and some New Adult fiction, if the premise works alongside great characterization and a believable plot. While I laughed reading this story, sometimes I felt as though I laughed at her. She’s the most naive twenty-one year old I’ve ever met, which hurt her likability after a while. She reads fifteen and in high school, not twenty-one and in her final year. She could have been written as smart, aware, and less simple-minded. But, I’m not fond of weak main characters, unless prior to their character arc circumstances explain a good reason why. She doesn’t change much. Self-pitying’s tolerable until a certain point.
- Furthermore, she’s desperate and whiny, which her childhood friend, Lara, points out. Yet, I guess we’re supposed to feel sorry for her. She’s clumsy and clueless, despite Google.com being readily available. I can see if some of her antics existed in the 1980s and 1990s where sex pretty much was trial and error (No comment!), but this girl is a Millennial. Sex can be found everywhere on the Internet. By the time a certain letdown or two happened, I laughed. Yeah, I’m cold. If it happened to Emma or Lara, I’d be upset. Why? I related to them more, and they’re supported characters. Never make your supporting characters more interesting than your mains. I wanted more complexity from Ellie. Bummer.
- Her Lackadaisal Approach to STDs. When virginity’s seen as worse than having STDs, there’s a problem. No. Stop the madness! Virginity’s better than Chlamydia. What the hell did I read? To paraphrase, “Oh it’s no big deal. Everyone gets it. Pop a pill and move on.” WHAT?! I’m not clutching my pearls, but that’s irresponsible writing. (Good on stressing birth control, though. You’d think some books forget its availability.)
- Pop Culture References. For a girl in London, she uses a lot of American references. You can get American audiences without talking about Americanisms throughout your book. We’re varied.
- The Story’s Writing. I’ve read superior YA to this NA. The dialogue reads as obvious and stilted, not as realistic conversation. I felts as though I witnessed thirty-somethings playing twenty-somethings in a bad Aaron Spelling t.v. show. More so, I would have liked more scene-painting and less introspection. I’d follow an unlikable character’s thoughts to the moon and back, if she’s magnetic. But, for a city, like London, to only get neighborhood shout-outs without much description, ugh, bugs me.
While the losing virginity’s premise seen finer hours, I cannot include this tale as one of them. The blurb promised more of a beautiful relationship than the actual one-night stand and walk of shame granted afterwards.
2.5/5 STDs Informational Booklets (Seriously, that section annoyed me)