4 out of 5 Stars
Because her birth mother had her when she was only sixteen and gave her up for adoption, Valerie Jensen made a decision to remain a virgin until marriage, and she’s sticking to it. When her boyfriend breaks up with her because of her decision, she tells him off publicly and the YouTube video goes viral. Val decides to do something positive with all of the publicity. She starts the V is for Virgin campaign, directed at helping others feel confident in their choice.
Virgin Val, as she becomes known, catches the eye of bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the band Tralse. Kyle is determined to do everything in his power to get Val to give up her virginity to him, and publicity is off the charts every time the two of them are seen in public together. Val needs to stay true to herself and determine who is really on her side and who isn’t.
V is for Virgin is a mostly enjoyable read in the Young Adult genre. Val is a strong character who stands up for herself even when faced with doubts about whether she’s doing the right thing. She makes an impact on a lot of teenagers and sends a strong message that it’s okay to make your own choice and not be pressured by what everyone else is doing. The only place Val isn’t really confident is within her own love life. She thought she was happy with her ex-boyfriend until he dumps her when she won’t have sex with him. Then she dates popular athlete Isaac, and they’re very comfortable, but that’s about all there is to it. Even though Val and Kyle butt heads all the time, she has some strong feelings for him. I was happy to see that even with all the UST between Kyle and Val, Val didn’t give in on her beliefs.
I would have liked to see Val stand up for herself a little more with Kyle. Some of their interactions left me perplexed. But at the end of the day, behind closed doors she made the right decision for herself.
The end of the story left me in one of those places where I was happy for her but a bit heartbroken at the same time. Thankfully the author gave us a little taste of the future in the epilogue, letting the reader know that full happiness wasn’t totally out of reach for Val. The next book in the series, A is for Abstinence, is from Kyle’s point of view (a few chapters were included at the end of V is for Virgin), and I just might pick that up to see if they get more of a happily ever after.