VIRGIN by Radhika Sanghani
“VIRGINVIRGINVIRGIN. I hated the word. I hated it just as much as I hated the fact that I was one. It wasn’t fair–why did I have to be the only non-deformed, non-religious girl stuck with an untouched inner lotus at the age of twenty-one?”
Virgins and deflowering tales: Erotica ruined what historical romance worked diligently to romanticize for me during my formative years. I’m sure I’m not the only person who rolls their eyes when we see “virgin” attached to the heroine who ends up being unbelievably skillful in the sack. I don’t know about you, but virginity to me is almost sacred. I blame it on the nuns who raised me and were this short of saying that I have to build an altar for my untouched vagina until The Husband comes along to pillage my inner sanctum.
So this is why I can sort of relate with Ellie Kolstakis, the desperate but very funny heroine of Virgin by Radhika Sanghani. Ellie is a twenty-one year-old, self-proclaimed late bloomer — and determined to loose break her hymen. I have to say, author Radhika Sanghani was successful in resetting my perception about “virgin” books. Yes, Ellie does some pretty unbelievable things. But it’s so funny I have to give the outrageousness a solid pass! Ellie is a hilarious contradiction, and I can’t help but love and hate her at the same time. On one hand I love Ellie’s self-deprecating sense of humor, her naiveté, and daring attitude, on the other hand I’m turned off by her desperation and the pressure she puts on herself regarding this virginity issue.
Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek, comical, and entertaining novel that you’ll want to share or gift to your friends. It’s a love story, but not the type of HEA you expect. In the end, it’s a woman’s journey to self-love and acceptance. When you look beneath the side-splitting mishaps and confessions, Ellie is like us — desperate to be wanted and loved for who she is (with or without the telling hymen.) And it’s this vulnerability that makes virgin more than a purely comedic read for me.
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