Title: V is for Virgin
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields, 360 Pages (December 11th, 2012)
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Synopsis: 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.Review: 5 Stars - Author Kelly Oram’s V is for Virgin is in a word – FANTASTIC This is one of those books that you fall in love with it at the synopsis and fall even further with the turn of each page. Oram has it all in this wonderfully written young adult contemporary title.
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?
This book has it all. Wonderful writing, character, dialog and a message to keep readers entertained as the pages fly by. There’s a chance that many will sit down to read and find they've finished it in one sitting! I know when I finished reading I was wishing for more.
The characters in the story are vast and the message is simple - it’s okay to wait for sex. Oram has taken a sensitive subject matter and written characters and their beliefs that aren't preachy. The dialogue is natural, honest and flows with such ease that it makes Oram a master of words.
The main character is Val who has a nasty break up with her boyfriend because of her choice to remain a virgin until marriage. The guy is a jerk and dumps her and the break up hits viral status on YouTube. Sadly her social status at school takes a hit and she starts a campaign to promote abstinence, which she earns the name ‘Virgin Val’. I loved Val. She’s strong, has a mind of her own and sticks to what she believes in. She takes things in stride and you've got to love her snarky comebacks and how she handles when bad boy rock star Kyle Hamilton comes barging into her life.
Speaking of Kyle… WOW, *fans self*. Oram goes from one extreme to another with her characters in this title. Kyle also knows what he wants and doesn't like it when he’s told no. He’s more than meets the eye and has many layers to him. He might be a snarky bad boy who all the girls swoon over, but he has feelings and is there for Val when she needed someone most.
While he takes Val’s virginal status as a challenge to concur it was highly entertaining watching the two spar throughout the story. I mean talk about serious chemistry, yet both want different things and aren't ready to change or waver from what they believe or where they are in their lives. And it’s this honesty that made me fall even more in love with these characters and their journey.
All in all Oram is a wonderfully talented author who continues to write stories that more people should be reading. She makes her characters come alive within the pages and gives them a voice that many will be able to enjoy and relate to. If you haven’t checked out her books, you are seriously missing out! V is for Virgin is one of the best books I've read in 2012 and I can’t wait to see what Oram writes for us next. Be sure to check this one out today, enjoy!
FTC Disclaimer: I did NOT pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this HONEST review.