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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

Release Date - August 5, 2014

Radhika Sanghani
Berkley Trade

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

From time to time, I come across a book that is so refreshing I can't help but read it in one sitting. I ended up taking part of the afternoon off from my editing work so that I could finish Virgin in one sitting.

Ellie is 21, about to finish college, and not thrilled that she's still a virgin. Her first experience at the age of 17 ended badly, without ever going anywhere. She decides her goal before graduation is to lose her virginity.

What follows is an honest, often hilarious look at the things women go through, the perceived attitudes about virginity and sex, and even friendships. I was laughing out loud when Ellie decided to groom her pubes. That was the start of a book that had me laughing, agreeing, and definitely nodding along with parts of it. I think every women out there has experienced some of the things Ellie experiences.

It's the honesty that appealed to me. Romance novels have a huge market in today's world, and I know of many women, even some men, who enjoy reading them, myself included. However, the dream men you find in romance novels are so far from the types of men out there. The author herself brings it up when Ellie and her friend discuss how their perceptions of romance were shaped at a young age by watching Disney movies where the princess finds her prince charming and lives happily ever after. If you've ever had similar thoughts and are ready to see what dating and romance are really like, pick up a copy of Radhika Sanghani's Virgin and get ready for a real feel-good read.

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