V is for Virgin

V is for Virgin

by Kelly Oram
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V is for Virgin 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
DaniC More than 1 year ago
I will admit that when I first heard the title I was a little scared. I mean this is a book for YA and right off they hit you with the V word – Virgin. So I was ecstatic that I not only loved the story but I found the message behind it all very relevant to today’s teens and what they are dealing with. When I was a teen (not too long ago of course) I was a member of the True Love Wait movement. So I really felt a connection to Val and how she dealt with her situation of speaking up about something a lot of people don’t agree with and even make fun of. Val is a strong female character and was able to hold her own against Kyle. This book has such a good message for teens and it is presented in a very entertaining way. I know my teen daughter will enjoy it when I give her a copy for Christmas.
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
I was completely caught up in V IS FOR VIRGIN by Kelly Oram. I wasn't sure what I expected but this YA novel packs quite the punch. Valerie Jensen, the heroine... and she really is a heroine, is a high school senior who has made a solemn commitment to herself to save her virginity for her husband on their wedding night. When she tells her boyfriend this he dumps her and then proceeds to spread nasty rumors about her. Instead of backing down she sticks up for herself in front of the while school, the inevitable video of the scene goes viral, and Valerie quickly becomes known as Virgin Val. Staying true to herself she begins a movement to help other people stand up for their right to make the decision to become sexually active when it's right for them. Val aligns herself with the Not Everyone's Doing It Foundation to help reach more people. As you can imagine she's ostracized publicly... at school, in her community, and online. Especially when she catches the eye of a Rock Star who is known every bit as much for his manwhoring as he is for his talent. He does everything he can publicly and privately to tempt her to break her path for him. But nonetheless true feelings definitely develop between them. This was a fascinating story. Some teenage drama for sure, but overall I was impressed. I don't read much YA, so this storyline felt really unique to me and I enjoyed it. I'll be reading the follow up novel, A is for Abstinance. 4 stars
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
V is for Virgin, is quirky, cute, and fun. I love a good Young Adult book. I’ve probably said that many times. But it’s true. I wasn't totally on the Val train. I thought it was great that she sticking to what she believed, no matter the obstacles that were thrown at her. Val some how manages to get thrown into to this crazy world. Just by sticking up for herself, when someone decided they wanted to tear her down. I was sad on some level for her friendships. I thought Cara was pretty awesome and their relationship together. Was almost one of a kind. But the character that stood out the most was Kyle. I honestly, adored Kyle. For whatever reason, his ego was bigger than his head, But he was truly sincere. Oram has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Whenever I’m in a funk, I know I can just read something of hers and it will just pull me out. Her characters are awesome, her stories are well done and of course the writing just draws you in. I couldn’t and didn’t want to stop reading. Overall, I have to give this story Five Boundless Stars. Can’t wait to read A is for Abstinence ...Lissa
book4children More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book. It wasn't anything like I expected. I honestly thought it was going to be a YA romance, but it was more of a girl's mission to maintain her choice and encourage others to stand up for themselves and not cave to pressure. I liked the message. I think more people (adults included) should read this book. Valerie decides to save herself for marriage, and I liked her reasons. Without being preachy or judgmental, she sticks up for her choice and tries to help others understand that it's okay to wait. She puts up with a lot of ridicule and heartache because she is so vocal about her decision, but I'm glad she was. I wouldn't recommend giving this book to a young reader, but an older teen would be fine. There is a lot of discussion about sex and some humor about it, too. As for Kyle Hamilton, I never really got to like him, which was weird for me because I always like Kelly Oram's guys, even if I wouldn't like them in real life. I liked Isaac a lot, but he's the kind of guy I've always liked anyway. Content: Innuendo, discussions of sex, a few mild curse words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is 1:19 am and I just finished V is for Virgin. Can I say Swoon?? Super cute, light hearted, fast (200p) read. I loved it and couldn't put it down until it was finished. I am 34 years old and I have 2 daughters. I read a lot of this book to my husband and we discussed the topics and our own pasts. This book will stay with me and be a reading/discussion starter for me and my daughters when the time is right. Valerie and Kyle did have great chemistry that shined through the pages! Now I am buying the next book!
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
What a delightful tale! Kelly Oram has once again "blown" her audience away, with her new -very prevalent - series beginning with 'V is for Virgin'! Valerie was adopted by a very wonderful couple who loved her as their own. The  only tokens she had from her birth mother was a necklace with her initial V on it she wore around her neck and a very worn letter. In her senior year of high school she felt she was truly in love with Zack After a dreadful date when they had "the Talk" everything changed. Vicious rumors arose at school. Her peers were unmerciful. Finally, during lunch, she could take it no more and did the unthinkable! From that point on her whole life spun out of control. Her best friend, Cara, was her one true confidant and could always seem to make situations better. As best friends,, they balanced each other out, although very different in their goals and personalities.They worked together on the student council. Planning their annual school festival, Cara made certain they  were put over the music. With her connections, she got her and Valerie backstage passes to try to persuade the popular band to play for their school function. As Valerie predicted, the band's leader, Zack" simply laughed at them after making some crude comments at Valerie...Valerie retorted back and left, having stated her mind. Impressed, Zack became determined to persuade and conquer. This is about the ups and downs of High School life and a few of the pressures the youth feel. It encourages youth to discover who they really are, then take a stand for what they believe. Because of some crude terms, I would not recommend this for younger YA. However, for older teens and older, it os great. The characters were diverse and very real. The accompanying situation were well described and easily  pictured.The ending is complete, yet, leads smoothly into the next sequel. The cover is simple, eye-catching and well-developed. The title says is all. I give it a Four and a Half Stars rating. *This was sent as an e-book for an honest review, of which I have given.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want more of val and kyle.
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Brookes_Books More than 1 year ago
I have been thinking about this book for days.  It was not at all what I expected, and that is a good thing.  What I was expecting: A cute teen read about a girl who stays true to her decision to remain a virgin until marriage.   What I got: An in depth look at the decisions we each make, why we make them, and how we stay true to them.   And, a look at standing up for something we truly believe in, not just for ourselves, but in front of the community, and for the people that live in it. And, so much more. I can't put in to words the thoughts I have had about this book.  But I'll try to put some of them down.  The characters felt real to me.  If I agreed or disagreed with their opinions, they still brought up valid questions.  The main decision questioned in this book is Val's decision to remain a virgin until marriage.  However, I was most struck by how that decision brought up questions about so many other topics.  One of the characters identifies with Val because he wants to make his own decision about a completely different issue.  I found myself questioning decisions I have made in my life and why I made them.  So many things to think about! There were so many characters in this book which each had vital roles in the story.  They were each different and brought different perspectives to the situations in the book.  I appreciated getting all opinions and views on the subjects that were brought up. Some issues I had with the writing/story...I wish Val's parents were more involved.  She has an adult "mentor" in the book, but she expresses a need to discuss things with her parents, but those scenes aren't in the book.  I think parents are MOST important and I wish we could have seen that relationship more.  There was too much eye rolling.  Pet peeve of mine.  Warnings: Virginity/Sex is the main topic of this book.  So there is a lot of mature talk.  There is a lot of kissing (some fairly intense) and some attempted petting. I think this book would be appropriate for teens who are actively dating and potentially sexually active.  It brings up valid questions for teens and adults alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story and really well written. I thought I knew how it was going to end a couple of times but was wrong - I like that too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think she should finish Val and Kyle story but all in all it was a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did love this book however I believw the ending left too much to be desired. The story had me in tears several times and cracking up laughing at others. As i stated earlier I only wish there had been a better ending since this is a solo book.
jramos More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS SOOOOO GOOD! I'm a little biased because I am abstinent. The beginning of the book made me so mad. I wanted to punch Val's boyfriend in the balls. I know from personal experience how brutal people can be but this girl has some major "balls." The one thing I really loved was how real the temptation was. When a hot guy is in your face and can make you turn to mush with a single look; yeah that's enough to make you question yourself. Val grew so much and so fast but she took everything that came at her humbly and wasn't afraid to lean on her friends when she needed. As for Tralse. First of all, that's a pretty creative name. Secondly, everything about this group gave the book goodness to make me not want to put it down. Even though Kyle is such a man-whore, you can't help but love him and secretly root for him. I loved every bit of it. It has such a good message to it and never strayed from it.
Ambur More than 1 year ago
V is for Virgin was not only hilarious, but was also a wonderful story about being true to yourself and your own beliefs. I loved that while some aspects of this book were taken rather lightly, Val still managed to voice her beliefs in a way that came off as being mature, yet not preachy...which is always a good thing! Along with the awesome message that came with V is for Virgin, it was also full of amazing characters!!! Val was fantastic! She was feisty, and always ready to stand up for herself...and Kyle! Oh, Kyle! I loved him. He was definitely a bit of a man-whore at times, but I have to admit that I loved when he started to pursue Val...even if for him it was mostly a game at first. :P I also really enjoyed his sense of humour, and I loved the chemistry between him and Val! :D The story itself was wonderful. There was an awesome balance between light and fun moments, and the serious side of the story. I also loved the musical aspect, and I especially loved Val's strength. While I would've been totally embarrassed in some of the situations that Val was in, she managed to overcome any embarrassment and became the better for it. It's not often that you meet a character as wonderful as Val, and it's even more rare to meet one worth listening, too. Val is dedicated to staying a virgin until marriage, but her message is more than that. As I've already mentioned, it's about staying true to who you are and what you believe in. For Val that happens to be remaining a virgin until marriage, but it could be also describe anything for anyone person. Her message then becomes so versatile, and it allows each reader to understand why Val is standing up for what she believes in. :) Overall, I absolutely LOVED V is for Virgin! I thought that the message of being true to yourself was strong, and it was important to share. Too often, people aren't true to themselves and decide to change their views based on peer pressure rather than their actual beliefs, so Val's strength in sticking to her own beliefs was inspiring, and I think it's a message that more people need to see, young girls especially because Val's a great role model to them. :) I would recommend this one to anyone who enjoys young adult contemporaries, especially if you love awesome main characters and some sexy banter. ;) *This review is also on my blog and on other social media sites. *I was provided with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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ForThisMoment More than 1 year ago
It's an understatement to say this was a very emotional book. Everything that happens to Valerie, astonishes me. The way the author wrote this book, you develop connections with all the characters: you laugh with them, cry with them, and root for their happiness. There were so many struggles in this book, but Valerie did have a optimistic ending! Everything about this book was written great. The parts of this book I don't like, are the parts I know the author wants us not to like: when Valerie's world falls apart. I am glad I read this book. It gives you something to think about, I really don't think I will forget this book. Valerie is a very admirable character who stands up for her beliefs. She is a role model, just the way she should be.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Good, clean, quick, worthwhile read! Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a good, clean story and a quick read that kept me interested. V is for Virgin is well-written. I felt like I was there in the story...not just reading it. I was nodding my head in agreement. I was appalled at the right moments. I was giddy with the sweet moments. I was happily surprised at the unlikely moments. V is for Virgin has it all. There is some really witty dialogue and exchanges. Some of Val's comebacks to the "Virgin Val" nickname and other innuendo were laugh out loud funny. Furthermore, this story has a wonderful message - it is okay to wait to have sex. And that message is conveyed in a great way, not a beat-you-over-the-head-until-you-agree-with-me kind of way. All of the characters are real and anyone can relate to them. Val is a sweet girl who has strong moral convictions and control over her life's choices. I think she is a great role model for teens. She doesn't give in to pressure from her boyfriend or her peers. She sticks to her guns and ends up making a difference in the lives of many other young adults. While her success with the "V is for Virgin" campaign and jewelry line is rather unlikely, you have to root for her and be proud of Val for her accomplishments. The other characters were wonderful and added to the whole of the book. Kyle...bad boy, lead singer in a rock band...was a great counter for Val. The chemistry between them jumped off the page. You could feel the tension and heat between them. Isaac was an unexpected character. He is Mr. Popular and the head of the A-list crowd. He is the great boyfriend...there for Val supporting her along the way. And so sweet to her throughout the whole book. Zach kind of got a bad rap in this story...maybe more than he truly deserved. But, hey, that's high school. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book...especially to high school students, boys and girls. Will I read it again: I can see picking this book up again at some point in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading the book. I was laughing and cheering so much by page 24, i started recommending it to friends. Personally, i appreciate addressing the fact that everyone is not doing it and those who choose not to are not cold fish. Those are two big misconceptions. Both sides of the issue is represented and the book let me think about other points. I started out with serial hottie and fell in love with jamie baker. This did not disppoint.