Valerie is a senior in high school. She's always known that she will not have sex until she get's married, but her boyfriend Zach has planned the perfect romantic evening and she knows just what will be coming at the end of it. Sure enough, they start kissing and he suggests moving to his bed. Valerie knows that she has to stand tough and stand up for her standards. She's just sad that it has to happen this way. Zach doesn't even try to understand, he just dumps Valerie and moves on. Monday at school, Valerie finds him in the lunchroom kissing the "biggest skank in Orange County." She also finds out that he's telling everyone that he dumped her because she was terrible in bed. Val has had enough. She stands up on the lunchroom table, and she tells everyone that she is a virgin and will be a virgin until she gets married, no matter what. Unfortunately for Val, in this day of electronics, someone takes a video of her diatribe and posts it to YouTube. She's an internet sensation before she even knew her video was on YouTube. Of course, when you are so vocal about being a virgin there will be people wanting to "help" you with that and that's very true in Val's case, starting with Kyle, lead singer for the band Tralse. He even writes a song about her, to get her to sleep with him. All of this causes Valerie to think about how she can help other kids stay strong and keep their values, and she starts a website called "V is for Virgin," basically a support group for those that don't want to have sex. But things start to spin out of control. Can Valerie stay true to herself and keep her friends at the same time?
I thought that this was a cute book. I liked the story line, although, for a story not about having sex, it sure is mentioned a lot in this book. I thought that Val was a great character, strong, independent and able to stand up for what she believes in. I liked how she got to know herself and feel more and more comfortable in her skin, something that a lot of us women, including myself, really need to learn how to do.
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