Val is a virgin and she intends on staying that way until marriage. However, when her boyfriend of 3 months finds out it’s the end of their relationship. To add salt to the wound, he hooks up with one of the more ‘promiscuous’ classmates in no time at all. This leads to an awkward and very public argument in the middle of the cafeteria and Val’s self-declaration of virginity in front of all her class mates. Of course it’s all been captured on film and soon she skyrockets to internet stardom. With the nickname Virgin Val, and some of her classmates behind her, Val’s Virginity campaign begins.
The slow burn, between Val and Kyle (the lead singer of a local band) was everything I expected from Kelly Oram. The lady knows how to write a hot romance… and there wasn’t even any sex. Kyle is arrogant, cocky, the stereotypical musician. He sees something he wants and pursues it. Unlucky for him Val is pretty steadfast in her beliefs, which makes Kyle work even harder for the thrill of the chase. While Val is trying to be the good girl and stand by her values, she isn’t completely unaffected by Kyle and the chemistry between them sizzles.
For me the ending was a bit rushed. The epilogue takes place 4 years later and you feel a bit thrown into it. However, it did leave itself open to another book, which is exactly what the author did. I can definitely say I’ll be reading the next book, it takes place where V for Virgin left off and is written from Kyle’s perspective. I can only imagine what naughty, steamy but completely innocent things may ensue.
All in all, I like that this book isn’t necessary pro waiting till marriage, but rather pro-choice and making the right decision for yourself at the right time for you. There’s no outright slut shaming despite Val’s strong belief in waiting till marriage. Despite the criticism and condemnation from her classmates, Val stays strong. I wish more young people today could stand up to peer pressure, and see beyond the typical “Everyone else is doing it, why shouldn’t I?” mind-set.
My rating: 3/5