The V Club

The V Club

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by Kate Brian

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When Victoria A. Treemont, the most revered and reclusive woman in Ardsmore, Pennsylvania, passes away, she leaves behind a $160,000 scholarship fund that rocks the worlds of the students at Ardsmore High School. The successful candidate must "exemplify purity of soul, spirit, and body." Everyone agrees that this caveat can mean only one thing: The recipient of


When Victoria A. Treemont, the most revered and reclusive woman in Ardsmore, Pennsylvania, passes away, she leaves behind a $160,000 scholarship fund that rocks the worlds of the students at Ardsmore High School. The successful candidate must "exemplify purity of soul, spirit, and body." Everyone agrees that this caveat can mean only one thing: The recipient of the scholarship must still be holding on to the big V.
Welcome to the V Club — where members embrace abstinence, get off on civic duties, and heat up their chances to clinch the Treemont scholarship. What better way to prove purity than to pledge allegiance to the virginity flag? Besides, chastity belts are sooo 1300s.
Kai, Mandy, Debbie, and Eva have put their futures on the line. But will their deepest insecurities and darkest secrets ruin their chances at the scholarship, or worse, their relationships? Or will they discover the true meaning behind Mrs. Treemont's famous last words?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Despite its suggestive title (the "V" in "V Club" does indeed stand for virginity), the big swoons in Brian's (The Princess and the Pauper) novel are mostly reserved for the ultimate goal of being admitted to the selective college of one's choice. High school best buds Kai, Debbie, Eva and Mandy find themselves at odds with one another when they enter the competition for a recently created college scholarship fund that (along with the usual) requires its winner to "exemplify purity of mind and body." In order to boost their chances, the girls form the V Club, a service organization that promotes chastity. The peppy narrative and a multitude of intersecting plot lines (each told from the point of view of one of the four girls) keep the novel humming along. While athletic Kai comes to terms with the aftermath of a relationship gone sour, picture-perfect Mandy struggles to cope with a family crisis that threatens to destroy her orderly world, and shy Eva gingerly embarks on her first-ever romance. Meanwhile, aspiring fashion designer Debbie realizes that her free-wheeling ways with the opposite sex have earned her a reputation that doesn't match up with the facts. Despite some bumps along the road, each one of these likable heroines is rewarded with exactly the happy ending that suits her best. A feel-good message about remaining true to oneself provides just enough ballast to prevent this fluffy confection from floating entirely away. Ages 14-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-When Mrs. Treemont dies, leaving a substantial sum of money for a scholarship, the students at Ardsmore High take note. The only catch is that the candidate "must exemplify purity of soul and body," which everyone assumes is another way of saying "virgin." Four friends-Eva, Kai, Debbie, and Mandy-all have reasons for wanting the money. However, unbeknownst to her friends, Kai has already shamefully lost her virginity. Everyone thinks that Debbie has, but she's using slutty behavior to hide, for her own reasons, her brains. Eva's in love with a guy who doesn't know she exists. Mandy and her boyfriend hope to consummate their love on Mandy's birthday the following week. The author has deftly used the scholarship aspect of the story as a vehicle to make the case for abstinence without moralizing. The breezy, light tone and some plot elements keep the story from being entirely realistic, but Brian's intuitive understanding of the roller coaster of emotions that teens go through when it comes to physical attraction, first sexual encounters, and true love is right on target.-Catherine Ensley, Latah County Free Library District, Moscow, ID Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
There's an eyebrow-raising new college-scholarship fund at Ardsmore High, and only virgins need apply. Shy, never-been-kissed Eva seems a shoo-in, thanks to her spotless reputation and GPA. But her best friends need the $160,000 to chase their dreams too. Athletic Kai is a Cornell wannabe with a mysterious past; brainy, boy-crazy Debbie secretly hopes to attend a fashion institute against her rigid father's wishes; and rich Mandy suddenly finds herself in the poorhouse, crying on the shoulder of a sexy boyfriend who's becoming too hard to say "no" to. The "V Club" applicants find their wills, nerves, and friendships strained by the competition, especially when an alluring boy also joins the club. Romance-author Brian is at the top of her game here, smartly inventing a rich cast of memorable characters, and tightly knitting their individual storylines in a page-turning, smile-inducing daisy chain of events. If her The Princess & the Pauper (2003) was unabashedly The Princess Diaries redux, this is her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants with a much more intriguing and plausible bonding device. Quick pacing, snappy dialogue, clever plotting, authentic characters, and lots of good, clean fun make this truly exceptional chick lit. (Fiction. YA)

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Chapter Six

Danny yanked Debbie's shirt off over her head, then grabbed the back of her neck and pulled her to him. Debbie gasped. If there was one great thing about fooling around with Danny Brown, it was that he was very self-assured. Not like those guys who were so afraid to go in for the kiss, they bumped noses with you awkwardly before finally mauling you with their tongue. No. Danny definitely knew what he was doing. No wonder Liana Hull was still so tweaked that he'd broken up with her.

They fell back on his bed together and Danny moved in on top of her. She was kissing his neck when she felt his hand sliding toward the zipper on her skirt.

"," she said firmly, pushing his fingers away.

"Come on, Deb," he said in her ear. "I've got condoms."

"Goody for you. Maybe you can make some water balloons or something. Because I'm still not going to do it with you." Debbie kissed him on the shoulder. "How many times are we going to go through this?"

"All right, fine. But one of these days I'm going to break you down," Danny said, nuzzling her neck.

In your dreams, she thought.

"God, you're so hot," Danny whispered. In the dark his voice and his touch sent even greater waves of pleasure through her.

Danny moved down her neck and started kissing her shoulders and chest, giving Debbie a perfect view of the digital clock on the dresser at the foot of his bed. The red numbers read 9:55.

"Damn! I gotta go!" she said, sitting up straight and knocking Danny right off her.

"Seriously?" he asked, his breath ragged and loud in the darkness. "Now?"

"I'm supposed to be home by ten," Debbie said, groping around for her T-shirt.

She felt the weight of the bed shift as Danny got up and crossed the room. The overhead light flicked on and Debbie found the light blue cotton shirt balled up at her feet. She grabbed it and yanked it on.

"Sorry I have to run," she said, shoving her foot into her boot.

"Whatever," Danny said. "I promised my dad I'd work on my Penn State application tonight anyway." He pulled a form over to him and opened to the first page, scratching at the back of his blond crew cut.

"You're applying there?" Debbie asked as she twisted her skirt around.

"Yeah. It's my first choice," Danny said. "Plus I might be able to walk onto the soccer team."

Debbie glimpsed a fat blue Penn State catalog on the corner of his desk and leaned over him to pick it up. It couldn't hurt to look through the thing, right? See what other majors they did have — just in case. As much as she didn't like to think about it, FIT was by no means a sure thing. It might not even be a possibility, what with the stiff competition for the Treemont scholarship. Maybe Penn State could still be her backup plan. As her mother had said, it would make her father happy, and even though she changed her mind every five minutes as to whether or not that was important, she might as well consider the possibility.

"Mind if I borrow this?" Debbie asked, flipping through the pages.

"Knock yourself out," Danny said with a shrug.

"Thanks." Debbie shoved the thick book into her bag. "I'll see you tomorrow."


Debbie rushed down the stairs and out to the car. If she made all the lights, she would only be five minutes late. When it came to Debbie Patel's parents, it was all about keeping them just happy enough and just enough in the dark.

• • •

Eric leaned Mandy back against the arm of the couch as he kissed her, shifting until he was lying next to her with one leg hooked around hers. He slipped his hand up under her sweater, tickling her skin. Mandy tried to concentrate on him. On his lips and his hands and his gentle touch, but she kept feeling herself going rigid. Her fingers were flat on the couch instead of clutching his shoulders or pulling his shirt out from his jeans so she could touch his back. She couldn't stop thinking about that argument she'd overheard her parents having. And if there was one thing that could kill her libido dead, it was her parents' faces looming across her mind's eye while Eric's hands were cupping her breasts.


Eric slid his lips along her jaw and down to her neck and Mandy sat up. Eric fell half off the couch in surprise.

"Hey, baby. What's wrong?" He pushed a tendril of hair behind her ear and looked at her with concern.

"Nothing," Mandy said as she pulled her French notebook onto her lap. "I just...I'm kind of distracted."

"A big French test tomorrow or something?" Eric asked. He pushed himself up next to her on the couch and looked down at her notes.

"Not tomorrow," she said. "It's Friday, but this chapter is impossible. So I guess I kind of want to work on it."

"Oh. Okay," Eric said. He cleared his throat and smiled. "I'll just work on this, then." He grabbed his copy of Hamlet before settling back into the couch.

Mandy leaned in next to him and stared at her French book. The truth was, she knew the French chapter inside out and backward, but she just couldn't stop thinking about everything she had overheard. Was it possible? Could her father have done what they said he'd done? And if so, what did that mean for her family?

"Hey, listen," Eric said suddenly. He turned toward her. "Did you think any more about your birthday?"

"Um, not really."

"Oh, okay," he said, forcing a smile. Mandy took a deep breath. She had planned to tell him today — tell him that she was ready and willing. But she hadn't said it before gym. She hadn't said it before practice. Now was the perfect time, yet something was still stopping her. She just wanted their first time to be perfect. And with everything else that was going on right now...she just felt like nothing could feel perfect. Not with this IRS thing looming and her parents fighting and the fact that she was going to have to find another way to pay for Princeton. It was just too much.

Well, there is one easy out, she thought. The perfect temporary excuse.

Mandy looked at Eric. God, he was so beautiful. And she wanted him so much. She hated that she needed an out.

"What?" Eric noticed her staring. "What's up?"

"Well, it's just. You know that scholarship? That Treemont thing?"

"Yeah. What about it?"

"I'm going to apply for it."

"Why?" Eric asked, sliding backward on the couch for a better look at her face.

"I don't know, I just figured — "

"It's not like you need it."

"I know," Mandy said, looking away. Why did everyone feel the need to point that out? "But it''s open to everyone, so I thought I would try for it."

"Okay," Eric said slowly. "But I'm not sure I understand. What does that have to do with your birthday?"

"Well...apparently the Treemont woman only wanted the scholarship to be awarded to a virgin."

"Yeah, I heard something about that. But how are they going to know whether you are or not?" Eric asked.

"I don't know, but we've been together so long...," Mandy said. "People probably assume we've already done it."

"And oh, how wrong they are," Eric said.

"Eric," Mandy pleaded.

"Sorry." He tossed his book aside and turned to face her fully. "It's just, if they already think we have, then you're screwed anyway, so we might as well just do it, right?"

Mandy suddenly felt sick to her stomach.

"Um. Wow. Okay, that was romantic," she said, standing up and taking a few steps away. She felt momentarily dizzy and had to shut her eyes to steady herself.

"I'm sorry, sweetness," Eric said, getting up and walking over to her. He slipped his strong arms around her from behind and kissed her cheek. "You know I only want us to be together when you're ready. It's just...if you are ready, we shouldn't let this scholarship get in the way. Especially since you don't really need it...."

Mandy opened her eyes and took a deep breath. "I know," she made herself say. "And you know I want to. Just...I don't know, just let me think about it."

"Not a problem," Eric said. He turned her around and touched his forehead to hers. "I love you."

"I love you too." Then her stomach lurched in a way that she couldn't ignore. "I'll be right back," she said, her eyes burning. She rushed to the bathroom and sat down on top of the toilet bowl lid, leaning forward with her head between her knees. Breathing in and out slowly, Mandy told herself to calm down. She just wasn't used to hiding things from Eric. Mandy held her hand over her abdomen. She hadn't eaten much today because of the nervousness in her stomach, which only seemed to be getting worse. And now she had yet another layer of stress, the scholarship. Because even though she'd brought the scholarship up as an excuse, the fact remained that what Eric had said about the scholarship was right. How was she going to convince a panel of faculty members that she — a person who had been caught making out with Eric in the auditorium, in the stairwell, even in the girls' locker room — was pure in body and in spirit?

Just breathe. Just breathe. Mandy carefully started to stand. She felt weak but was able to hold herself up fine. As she turned around, a headline on one of the old magazines that Eric's mom kept in a basket by the toilet bowl caught her eye. She sat back down and grabbed the wrinkled issue of Newsweek, barely believing what she was seeing.

The words Teen Virgins were spelled out in huge letters next to a picture of five kids her age, all grinning out at her. Intrigued, Mandy flipped to the article and started to read.

"Saving themselves...pure by choice...healthy decisions...Support clubs raise self-awareness....Virginity clubs are somewhat of a trend...."

Slowly Mandy smiled. She had an idea.

Copyright © 2003 by 17th Street Productions, an Alloy Company

Meet the Author

Kate Brian is the author of the NY Times and USA Today best-selling Private series and it's spin-off series, Privilege. She has also written many other books for teens including Sweet 16 and Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys.

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The Virginity Club 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book when I was road tripping with my friend and I read it WHILE I was on vacation and loved it. I read it in two days! It was a good book! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a cute book to read during the summer!
linzi-loo More than 1 year ago
the book was okay. i read it yesterday. at first it was boring, but most books are at the beginning. i thought it would've gotten a little more exciting, and it did, just a little bit. it's not a book tha i would read again. i only finished it because i wanted to see what happened and because i spent money on it. it was a little too boring for my taste.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really liked this book it keep me reading non stop. it is really good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When my friend and I first saw it we laughed! But then I read the back and decided to read it. I Love how you go into each of there lives at seperate times and how when they switch to a different person they leave you hanging in suspense! I would recomend it to anybody looking for a good laugh and some romance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
really this book was so good. I couldn't put it down it was really good! What else can i!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK! is the story about 4 best friends who are trying to win a scholarship but they need to have purity of body...but they all have a secret. I READ IT IN ONE NIGHT PPL! seriously, i could not put it down.
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DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
This was one of Kate Brian's first books and it is very cute and really makes you think about things. This book takes a look at four best friends who are seniors in school. When they start their senior year they are told of an eccentric lady's scholarship given to the one person who is virtuous and remains pure. But that brings up a can you truly prove your purity. The girls even form a virginity club to show they are serious about winning the scholarship, but all it does is make things difficult for everyone. Even the author makes a point and shows the girls that you can not be a virgin and still have a life that is virtuous. The girls go through a lot of drama both within their group and in their families, but they come out in the end with a stronger connection. I have enjoyed all of Kate Brian's books and this one is still enjoyable.
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