Vegan Virgin Valentine

Vegan Virgin Valentine

by Carolyn Mackler


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From the author of the award-winning THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS comes the racy story of an overachiever who learns to get over it — and get a life.

Mara Valentine is in control. She's a straight-A senior, a vegan, and her parents' pride and joy. She's neck-and-neck with her womanizing ex-boyfriend for number-one class ranking and plans to kick his salutatorian butt on her way out the door to Yale. Mara has her remaining months in Brockport all planned out, but the plan does not include having V, her slutty, pot-smoking, sixteen-year-old niece — yes, niece — come to live with her family. Nor does it involve lusting after her boss or dreaming about grilled cheese sandwiches every night. What does a control freak like Mara do when things start spinning wildly out of control? With insight, authenticity, and a healthy dose of humor, Carolyn Mackler creates an evolving Type A heroine that every reader will recognize — and root for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763621551
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 07/12/2004
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 614,215
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Carolyn Mackler is the author of the acclaimed THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS. Of VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE, she says, "Mara Valentine first came to me in a short story. I loved how she was so rigid but at the same time hungering to break out. And V goes back about ten years, when I met these two girls who were aunt and niece. They've always stuck with me. Imagine how wild it would be to have an aunt and a niece the same age! What if they were total opposites? I knew that V was exactly what Mara needed to shake up the status quo."

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Vegan Virgin Valentine

By Carolyn Mackler


Copyright © 2006

Carolyn Mackler

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0763626139

My mom must have read my mind. "No vegan options?"

I nodded. "It's so annoying."

"Do you ever think about not eating vegan?"

I shook my head. "I don't think I'll ever eat meat again. Eggs still gross me out, too."

"So you think about dairy?"

"Cheese," I said. "I think about cheese sometimes."

Talk about understatements! I CRAVE cheese. I LUST after cheese. I DREAM about cheese.

"You know, Mara," my mom said, "sometimes we make decisions about our life and they feel like the right decision at the time. No, they are the right decision at the time. But that doesn't mean they'll be the right decision forever. And you know what I've realized as I've gotten older? There isn't a definite right and wrong anyway. Sometimes we do what seems wrong, but we have good reasons for doing it, so it's not wrong after all."

I think she was referring to the whole vegan thing, but as she spoke, something else was flooding my brain. No, not something. Someone. Someone with a chestnut ponytail and an easy smile and a hole in the thigh of his faded jeans. Someone who would not leave my thoughts no matter how many times I tried to evict him.


VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE by Carolyn Mackler. Copyright (c) 2006 by Carolyn Mackler. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.


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Vegan Virgin Valentine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mara Valentine is an amazing character who changes and matures a lot during this book. This is a great story, especially for younger readers who enjoy romantic comedy.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
Myself being a vegan....I ran across this book, Vegan Virgin Valentine, every time I did a vegan book search. So one day I said what the heck and bought the book. I am not disappointed! It's about Mara Valentine who is an overachieving straight A high school senior who is a vegan. She dreams about cheese every night. She has already been accepted to Yale and is taking college courses on top of her high school work. Her main goal is to be valedictorian at her graduation. Then things start to fall apart. Enter V Valentine, Mara's 16 year old niece. V moves in with the Valentines while her own mother is out wandering the globe looking for.....something. V is the polar opposite of Mara. She's a slut, a stoner and she gets bad grades. And to top it all off...she doesn't do any extracurricular activities. So it pretty much goes without saying that Mara and V are at each others throats from the get go. Partway through the book they start to rub off on each other. Mara falls in love with her 22 year old boss who owns the coffee shop she works at, drops some of her college courses she was planning on taking in the summer and she realizes that there is more to life than being valedictorian. V gets the starring role in the school musical, quits smoking cigarettes and gives some serious thought to college. Vegan Virgin Valentine is about being comfortable in your own skin and doing what feels right for you and only you. Mara learns to let go and loosen up, realizing on the way that being successful is relative. This is teen lit and it did get a little sappy in parts, a little too sweet but I really enjoyed reading this novel from Carolyn Mackler. Now I'll have to go pick up the sequel
HCOTeenReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another interesting title by Carolyn Mackler. I think teens can relate to the events that occur in this book. It had an interesting ending. Although her books are entertaining, I have a couple of problems with them: the adults aren't very realistic and the endings are happily tied up, with all of the problems solved. Good, light read. (Lanuage and some sexual activity--but not explicit)
Runa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, so here's the deal about Vegan Virgin Valentine. It's a good story, I won't deny it. It has interesting quirky characters and a good set-up with V being Mara's niece and all. The writing's pretty good as well. But here's what it's lacking--interest. Nothing much happens. It's all flatlined, really. The story plays a little too deeply into high school stereotypes, and Mara's just a boring character, reminding me of straight-A overachieving little Rory Gilmore. It's a cliche story, but it's still pretty cute. I was just a little saddened to see everything work itself out so conveniently, with no big climax or anything. The plot moves slowly, and it does come to a point where everything slowly, lazily builds up, but there's no explosion of a moment. It's as cool and laid-back at the ending as it is through the rest of the book. Not a bad story, just could have used a bit of life and energy.Rating: 3.5/5
Kaybowes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Crazy niece V comes to stay at her house, and Mara begins to look at the world around her. Mara is a vegan who is aiming for for top spot in her graduating class. Her ex-boyfriend is neck-and-neck with her on grades. V comes to town and makes out big time with the ex the first day at school.How will Mara cope, with her slutty niece (only one year younger than her), her school aspirations, and her growing affection for the older man who owns the coffee house where she works. Plus she craves grilled cheese sandwiches!What is a girl to do?
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book. It's pretty typical YA stuff... girl stressed out with school work, having to deal with a new relative moving in and shaking up life at school, asserting her independence with the parents, and falling in love with an older guy. I liked the characters though and was fairly entertained throughout.
lrobe190 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mara Valentine is in her senior year of high school and is running neck and neck with one other student to be valedictorian of her class. When her teenage niece, Vi, comes to live with her family, Mara is expected to be a mentor and friend to her. But they are so different! Vi smokes, doesn't attend class, makes out with anyone who is willing and is totally indifferent to Mara and her family. As the year progresses, Mara falls in love with an "older man" and begins to learn that there is more to life than academics and that maybe Vi isn't so bad after all.This is an easy read, kind of a "year in the life" of a teenager. There are no real surprises; it's pretty predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless.
chibimajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mara's life was perfect until she was told that her niece - one year younger than her, would be moving in with her family. Now V is making out with Mara's ex, and creating a bad rep for herself at school and chasing Mara out of every place she feels comfortable.
Chase Garcia More than 1 year ago
Looking to buy this book? GO AHEAD, IT'S AMAZING! I recently finished this book, and I've read under a week. It's interesting, keeps you active on your feet. You never know what's going to happen next. I wished that the author filled us in more on the ending, but I love the placement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love love this book it's so good I'm glad she met James and her and Claudia are friends agan everything worked out fine. I hope she made it to her graduation. :)
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This book pulls you in with the preview part of the book
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DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
Vegan Virgin Valentine is a super book about a high school senior, Mara, who has only a few months left before she is off to Yale and graduates high school. But she really learns in that time to make her own path and to let loose once in a while, and that is due to her niece V. I love how Mara is a vegan, but she secretly dreams of griled cheese sandwiches. Those dreams and the ones she has of her boss are the funniest ones she has. This is a perfect book for anyone and it really has a good message of learning to let loose once in a while and chart your own path.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Vegan Virgin Valentine, Carolyn Mackler perfectly describes the issues of a modern day teenager. It's difficult to put down with the constant tension that's built throughout the book. Using youthful writing, Mackler creates a practical and realistic protagonist. Mara Valentine only has a few months to overcome several new obstacles. Mara is an overachieving, straight A senior. With Yale right around the corner, she starts making decisions for herself. Throughout this book, Mara discovers many things about her family, romance, and herself. She decides to get over it and get a life. Although this is an interesting book, it's not full of excitement. At points the narrator can drag on, but it's well worth finishing. I'd highly recommend Vegan Virgin Valentine to high school girls countrywide; whether uptight and nerdy or just living life. On a scale of one to ten, this book is a solid nine.
TheRenesmee69 More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book. Mara Valentine is an overachiever who learns how to roll with the punches and live life without stressing over absolutely everything. She is a straight A student and competing with her womanizing ex-boyfriend Travis Hart for Valedictorian. With her 16 year old Niece V home she has just one more struggle to go through. i loved this book, Mara reminds me a lot about myself.
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aj95 More than 1 year ago
This book is sooo good. I was able to finish in two days, I couldn't put it down! It's about Mara Valentine who is a serious strait- A student. During the second half of her senior year her niece, V comes to live with her and her parents while her mother goes to Costa Rica (there were no English speaking schools). V and Mara have completely opposite personalities. Mara is goody-goody all around involved model student, while V is an outspoken, more of a loose cannon. Throughout the story they both take certain qualities from each other. Mara learns to let loose, not concentrate so much on grades and even fall in love with her boss James and learns that though grades are important they can't be your whole life and to enjoy herself. V learns that she can't be constantly with guys and has to take on some responsibility. Though they were quick to judge one another for their differences they really learn that they could learn from one another. Vegan Virgin Valentine is a really good story about letting go and it's funny too. I also like the aspect of Mara and James's relationship. I think all kinds of people will enjoy this funny but at times insightful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the best book i have ever read. I loved it in the beginning it was great it caught my attention I have never had a book suck me in so much in my life. If you like books about what is going in high school this are the book for you. It's about a girl who her niece comes to live with her and she starts to cause problems. In the end she becomes closer to her niece and she wants to spend time with her and she doesn't go to college in the summer she stays and spends the summer with her niece. Timber creek Highschool Ashley Appleby
StefanieK More than 1 year ago
I'll get straight to the point: this book was awesome! From chapter one, I was hooked. It's funny, romantic, and just a great teen read. The characters and situations are realistic, too. I read this book when I was 13, but I didn't think it was inappropriate at all. Sure, it had its sappy parts, but if you're mature, you can handle it! :)
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