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.
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?
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I really like this cover’s simplicity. Using Val’s ever-present V necklace as part of the title is genius. I’m not sure that I like the font “Virgin” is in, and the pearls on her hand are a bit too much. Otherwise, the color scheme is great and it’s clear that it’s a contemporary story.
V is for Virgin is a highly enjoyable story about Val, who has been dumped for choosing to be a virgin until marriage. Val’s choice is not for religious reasons, and only one secondary character is portrayed as religious. Val’s story is about being famous for declaring herself a virgin and dealing with a rock star determined to take care of that pesky virginity for her.
- Val’s reasoning – I cannot stress enough how much I love that Val’s decision to remain a virgin until marriage is not religiously motivated at all. Especially because our culture assumes that the only reason to wait until marriage voluntarily is religious. Val made this decision based on something else, and it totally makes sense for her character. The only religious touch in this book is one of Val’s friends who is also waiting, but this person doesn’t preach about their choice and rarely mentions their faith at all.
- Val – While Val certainly doesn’t expect to become internationally known as a virgin, she handles the notoriety extremely well. She is immediately faced with critics and difficult decisions. Instead of burying her head in the sand, Val decides to start an abstinence challenge at her school. Even when her close friends are skeptical, Val makes the tough decision to become a spokesperson for an abstinence organization. Val pushes forward and turns her experience with unexpected fame into something positive and charitable. She even plays along with Kyle’s teasing to make his fans happy. Val doesn’t take the easy way out and she doesn’t back down.
- Kyle + Val – Yes, Kyle’s a cocky jerk, but he and Val have crazy chemistry and I really like reading about their confrontations. They argue every time they’re in the same room, but occasionally Kyle will do something nice just to help Val and they’ll have an actual conversation. Those times when Kyle is truly trying to understand Val are sweet, and the times when he’s daring her to admit her attraction to him are hot.
- struggle – Val struggles with some of her new responsibilities as the new face of virginity. I really like that her struggles are realistic, and that she pushes through them. Also great is how Val is portrayed as an actual human being who has trouble saying no in the heat of the moment. Sometimes, Val makes a tough decision that doesn’t end up being the right choice and that’s awesomely realistic.
- Kyle’s attitude – While there’s no lack of chemistry between Val and Kyle, there’s also no denying that he’s acting like a jerk in nearly every scene he’s in. Kyle’s attracted to Val because she refuses to worship him like his rock star ego thinks he deserves, but once he hears about the whole virgin things, Kyle makes it his goal to convince her to sleep with him. This is a guy who has decided that Val’s promise to herself – which she takes very seriously and is important to her – is stupid solely because he doesn’t agree with her views. I don’t understand how Kyle thought he could convince her to change her mind by constantly insulting her decisions about sex and telling her that there’s no way she won’t give it up to him. There’s nothing sexy about knowing that a guy only sees you as a challenge, that he’ll be gone as soon as he gets what he wants.
- A-list friends – The only aspect of this story that I found dull was Val being sort of accepted into the “A-list” group of popular kids. Some of them seem nice, but none of them are all that interesting and they’re only paying attention to her because she’s dating one of them. None of them were snobby or mean, but they didn’t really seem like best friend material for Val.
Isaac didn’t say anything for a long minute after that. He just sat there staring into my eyes. I could see him contemplating the possible repercussions of what I was asking him to do. After what felt like forever, he leaned in close to me, completely intense, and asked, ” What if I’m not a virgin?”
– Val + Isaac loc. 705
Kyle didn’t give me the chance to reply. He pulled my face to his and kissed the hell out of me in front of everyone from my boyfriend to CNN.
I forgot about the cameras. I forgot about my parents. I forgot about my campaign. I forgot that I was supposed to be a role model. In that moment the only thing I could think about was Kyle.
And how much I wanted to kill him.
– Val + Kyle loc. 2551
Acquired: freebie (ebook)