Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Book Review: V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram
Utterly delightful YA contemporary romantic comedy
V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: December 5, 2012
Pages: 216 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Eighteen-year-old high school senior, Val Jensen, is callously dumped by her handsome, heartless boyfriend when she refuses to have sex with him after dating him for three months. Not only that, her ex smears her reputation by proclaiming to anyone who will listen that he dumped Val, not because she would not have sex with him, but because he did have sex with her, and she was a lousy lay. As if that were not bad enough, he instantly replaces Val with a popular, beautiful "Mean Girl" who has much lower sexual standards than Val.
Val reaches the breaking point when she encounters her ex lip-locking with her replacement in an obnoxious, carnal display in the lunch room. She races over to them, jumps on their table, and shouts out to the hundreds of thunderstruck students surrounding them that her ex is a liar who rejected Val because she is a proud virgin who refuses to have sex before marriage. Her bold stand is video-recorded by a fellow student, posted on YouTube, and goes viral on the Internet.
Val is tagged with the nickname "Virgin Val," and "V for Virgin" becomes her modern-day version of The Scarlet Letter. In counterbalance to the relentless ridicule from her peers, Val has the loving support of her best friend, her adoptive mother, and a wonderful letter from her birth mother that she has read over and over again across the years. Her birth mother had Val at age 16, was unable to care for her, and urged Val in her letter to learn from her mistake and not repeat it. Val feels a sacred obligation to not let down her birth mother or herself.
Before the controversy from Val's YouTube fame can settle down, she comes to the attention of twenty-one-year-old high-school dropout and rock legend, Kyle Hamilton. Gorgeous, womanizing, charming and witty, Kyle is instantly and obviously attracted to Val. He is shocked to learn she is not only a virgin, but adamantly so. Kyle decides that Val's vow of abstinence is a challenge he can't refuse, and their very public battles fuel a media frenzy.
I am a huge fan of romantic comedy, both novels and movies, and this rollicking story has the potential to be both. It is highly visual and enormously entertaining. The battle of wits between Val and Kyle makes them one of the most compelling fictional couples I've ever had the privilege to encounter. The sexual chemistry between them is explosive, made all the more so because their relationship never gets beyond a few forbidden-fruit kisses.
If you love romantic comedy with an upbeat, happy ending, this book is for you.
Fans of YA romantic comedy by Janette Rallison will particularly enjoy this book.
I read the Kindle version of this book. It is beautifully laid out; the formatting is excellent, and the line edits are outstanding. It is better done, in fact, that the ebook editing from most big publishers.
I rate this book as follows:
Romance Plot with Kyle: 5