Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review - V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

Huge thanks to Literally Jen for turning me on to this awesome book!! Check out her review HERE.

V is for VirginV Is For Virgin
by Kelly Oram
ebook, 360 pages
Published December 11, 2012 by Bluefields

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 Review: 

Ha! This book is one Laugh Out Loud ride!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Val is a fun character. This story is primarily a situation comedy – how someone gets caught in a really crazy situation and how circumstances explode as a result. But Val makes it all that much better with her attitude of going for it, taking it all the way, past “cool” to meaningful.

Of course, the entire episode would peeter out if it weren’t for bad boy Kyle Hamilton! So he gets at least half the credit. As the lead singer of a rock band, he’s used to public display and has lost his sense of values. When he gets together with Val… the sparks fly!!  It is all the more deliciously unattainable due to afore-mentioned circumstances and aforementioned attitude of going for it.

One impossibility tumbles right into another. The romantic tension is beautiful.

This book reminded me of Easy A – how society reacted to someone losing her virginity – and The Scarlet Letter. The entire concept of society opinion and the power of popularity is explored from the standpoint of being a publicly known virgin. Things are quickly blown out of proportion and it is a fun ride.

There really aren’t enough people standing up to say it’s ok to be a virgin in today’s society. Heck, that it’s PREFERRED to be a virgin, to have standards that are maintained.  To actually PLAN AHEAD for that sort of thing. (What a concept!) This contemporary comedy points a light finger at thought-provoking concepts. Totally love it.

My Rating: 4.5  - It's too fast and fun to be rated lower. The story slows momentum as any such explosion must. Things don't work out as quickly as I want them to, but that's also as it must. I love, LOVE the blatant concept and the hilarious writing.

Cover - Totally works. Great reflection of the book!

Kelly OramKelly 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.

Check out the awesome INTERVIEW with Kelly!!  :-D  Coming June 30th - review of Chameleon and tour-wide giveaway.