Thursday, December 27, 2012

"V is For Virgin" by Kelly Oram Book Review/Giveaway (Ends 1/6) WW

Author Kelly Oram

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

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?

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Normally books like this would not cause me to be emotional, but the epilogue brought me to tears--the good kind of tears.  This is a book that I think should be required reading for practically every teenage girl, and I was completely impressed with this book from the beginning right through the end.  The message of the book comes across loud and clear, and it seems to be one of those messages that our young people don't hear enough.  It is all right to be a virgin no matter what anyone else says.  And contrary to popular thought, not everyone is doing it.

I loved Virgin Val right from the first page of the book.  I suppose I can sympathize to a degree since I was a virgin myself until I got married.  But I never had a date in high school, so I suppose it was easier for me.  I found myself cheering for Val, and I never knew exactly what boy she would really fall for--no spoilers from me.  After all, she had at least three prospects.

As the story moved along and Val's cause grew more and more attention, I was quite pleased to see how much notoriety she got.  And to see other young people making the commitment to abstinence was encouraging.  It made me think that maybe there are more young people who want to remain virgins than I first thought--even in this day and age.

I never considered how much sex complicates a relationship.  In a dating relationship, when one adds sex, it adds a tremendous amount of stress.  I can speak from experience that even as an adult, sexual tension, frustration, and stress is real in a dating relationship.  It is expected, and yet you don't want to do it.  It's always in the back of your mind, and when you don't give in, the other party involved is generally ready to push you to do it anyway.  Teens are not generally mature enough to handle such stress, and I love the idea of teens banding together to make the journey of remaining a virgin (or at least abstaining) easier.

There is some very mild profanity, and I honestly was not bothered by it.  I appreciated the fact that this was not a Christian book, and it never preached at you why you shouldn't have sex before marriage.  It gave real answers as to why you should wait.  And not all in the book chose to wait because after all, not all will.  But the main message of the book is that it is better to wait.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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1 comment:

  1. this book is great color and then i lovethe cover of it


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