Book Review: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

Virgin by Radhika SanghaniTitle: Virgin
Author: Radhika Sanghani
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: August 5, 2014 by Berkley Trade

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.

Why I Read this Book: This book showed up in the mail one day and the title caught my attention. VIRGIN. The cover on the uncorrected proof is completely different than the cover you see there above. No image – just a line that reads “Everybody’s doing it…but what happens when you’re the only one who’s not?” This is EXACTLY the type of book that is NOT for me. Female characters on a mission to lose their virginity is my least favorite trope, so why did I read this book? I don’t know, really. I thought to myself ‘I’ll give it a few pages, then put it away’. Then a few pages turned into a few chapters, which then turned into me not being able to put the book down.

What I Liked: The reader follows Ellie on her mission to lose her “v-plates” (I have never heard that term before; maybe it’s a term those across the pond use.) This includes her journey to discover her lady bits, which really, were the funniest parts of the book. There was also researching different blow job techniques. Virgin is an open and honest look at being a woman and the crazy stuff we think about, consider, and do to our bodies. It was an entertaining read with pretty graphic material. 

What I Didn’t Like: It bothered me that Ellie settled when it came to guys she was considering to give her virginity to. And there was so much emphasis on pubic hair and getting rid of it. I was like ‘I get it already!’.

Memorable Moments:

The next time I came into contact with a condom, it would not be falling off a shelf in the doctor’s office; it would be on an actual penis. And this time, it wouldn’t just rub around my vagina à la James Martell; it would be going straight in there.
“Let me impart some of my wisdom. What you have here is a classic case of Unrealistic Expectations that Disney Gave Me.”

Overall Impression: I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading Virgin. I had very low expectations going into this book (I really didn’t think I’d get through the first chapter) but the writing grabbed me. What this book really had going for itself was its humor. There were so many funny and down right hilarious moments. If you pick this book up, expect a fun, humorous coming of age story about a girl on the pinnacle of becoming a woman, and the crazy stuff that can transpire during that journey, and you’ll be in for a treat.

Brianna’s Rating:
4 Frogs

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  1. You know, this is a book I probably would have passed on initially too. But it sounds like it's actually more than losing v-card (plates? So strange lol) but just about growing up as a woman and figuring out that part of yourself. So I'm interested! Great review!


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