Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

I have to start by saying I'm on the fence about Virgin by Radhika Sanghani. More on that later. Ellie Kolstakis is a 21-year old virgin. Not from lack of trying, but just 'cause. Ellie, with the help of some friends, embarks on a journey to lose her V-card before she graduates from college. Afterall, everyone else is doing it.

From the beginning, Sanghani grabs readers with Ellie's wit and personality. She's honest and open about all her sexual mishaps, inexperience, and really hairy parts. Yeah, Virgin does not sugarcoat the truth and just takes the most honest approach with lady parts, sexuality and the modern woman, as well as uncensored conversation. My best friend and I often think that men have no idea how... um...honest... women talk about sex. 

Yes! I liked Ellie very much... at times. Although Virgin is instantly entertaining, I kinda grew tired of Ellie and her self-pitying. She goes on and on about how she doesn't measure up to friends such as Lara or Emma. It's almost like she couldn't help but remind readers how unfortunate looking she may, or may not be. That is why I'm on the fence with this novel. I loved the American Pie feel a lot more than the She's Come Undone moments. 

Overall, Virgin is a fast and fun chick-litish read. It chronicles how far along women have come from the days of saving themselves for marriage to being women open to discovering their own sexual identities. Radhika Sanghani has definitely carved out her own space in the world of good chick-lit.   ***

Copy provided by Penguin Group via Netgalley

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