Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Review: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani
Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.
This is normal, right? I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?
It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.
The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?
Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?
I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.
Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.
Goodreads | Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review
Virgin is written in the style of a self deprecating Cosmopolitan article/Sex in the City episode/Bridget Jones Diary movie.
Ellie is a 21 year old virgin. Everyone around her lost their v-card at 15 and she feels awkward and left out. She’s very relatable and her struggles and awkward forays into losing her virginity were funny but she wore thin on me after a while.
While Ellie is hilarious and honest – she’s also self absorbed, whiny, judgmental and selfish. Her tendency to make mountains out of mole hills just annoyed me after a certain point. While her friends loved her “quirkiness”, I just didn’t see it.
I did like a few things – including the vlog she started with her friend Emma where the two discussed the ugly side of sex, dating and feminine hygiene. I enjoyed the frank, open conversations about sex and sexuality. But even that got old after a while. There’s only so much I want to read about someone’s foray into pubic hair removal and aftermath - in detail – ya know? Refreshingly honest and funny at first - TMI after several chapters.
It would be one thing if there was some character growth but this is all surface and lighthearted – there isn’t much depth to Ellie other than “OMG I can’t lose my virginity!” and every guy is so mean to me. And really her first BIG traumatic experience was a guy being nice to her IMO.
If you enjoy British Chick-Lit, Sex in the City type humor then this is definitely a book you might want to read. Even though I usually love this type of humor, it didn't work for me this time. I think this was a case of – it’s not you it’s me. Just not my style…but I bet a lot of readers would enjoy it.