Author: Radhika Sanghani
Length: 304 pages
Rating: 3 Stars
This is normal, right? I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?
"Virgin" is the rather quirky story of 21-year old Ellie Kolstakis, and her angst-filled quest to stamp her V-card "expired".
This is intended as a very cute and light hearted read.
Sadly, however intentions and execution don't always good bedfellows make.
From the way that our put upon heroine talks, you'd think that she is sporting a hump, no teeth, and skin just three shades shy of "horned toad green". When in truth, her only problem really seems to be a bad case of " I have absolutely no idea what I'm working with...or how to use it."
What Ellie does have,it seems, is an annoying penchant for riding the self deprecation train from cute and endearing to vapid and maudlin.
And said train blazes a deep and very wide trail through this entire read.
Adding to the tomfoolery, are Ellie's two over sexed friends who never miss an opportunity to:
A. Give her bad advice.
B. Flaunt their varied but less than stellar exploits.
C. Try and fail to help at every turn.
That is not to say that there are not some chuckle worthy moments mixed in among the emotional fits and and starts. It is, in fact, these spontaneous moments of levity that are the saving grace for the story.
Unfortunately, there is a rather large "sea of woe" that one is forced to cross before the respites of self realization and common sense come into view.