Sunday, July 20, 2014

Book Review: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani
Expected publication: August 5th 2014
5 Hilarious, Awkward, Honest Stars

A major hit! Laugh out loud funny and relatable.

Ellie is a 21 year old woman in her last year of university, who drinks at the pubs regularly, goes to parties, and hangs out with her friends. Like the majority of college students.  Only, she’s a virgin. And not by choice. She is dying to pop the cherry and be able to relate to her peers. Not being able to giggle about awkward hookups or have the experience to swap great sex stories, she feels left out the “normal” college crowd and like a freak.
On a mission to finally lose her V-Card, Ellie hilariously journeys on road to self-discovery.  She spares the reader none as she learns everything from where to put your hands or tongue for that matter to the benefits (and disadvantages) of waxing the lady bits. Nothing is off limits.

And that is why this book is so fantastic. We’ve all been there. Radhika Sanghani wasn’t afraid to boldly and honestly tackle many issues -- which many authors skim around, sugarcoat, or skip all together -- in all their glory.  And it’s awkward and hilarious, and actually useful.  Seriously, where was this book when all these question first started popping up in my head?
Ellie is a great character. She has many freakouts and breakdowns. But she bravely keeps putting one foot in front of another. She laughs at herself and learns to bounce back.  And even though she feels like it is a horrific to be the only virgin in a sea of sexual active peers, almost everybody accepts her virginal status without judgment.   Eventually she begins to see past the goal of just losing her virginity, and learns major life lessons about growing up, relationships, communication, and friendship.
This book probably isn’t for everyone. But if you – or a friend – have every cut yourself down there trying to shave, “snogged” a guy that ended up being gay,  used wikipiedia way too much to answer question that Cosmo won’t even answer,  etc. etc., then you’ll be cracking up Ellie and her friends.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review.

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