ARC Review: VIRGIN by Radhika Sanghani

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ARC Review: VIRGIN by Radhika SanghaniVIRGIN by Radhika Sanghani
Published by: BERKLEY Publishing Group
on August 5, 2014
Genres: RomCom
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Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.


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?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.

Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.


 ❝here’s to not being cool and not giving a fuck.❞

This is unlike any book that I have read before. Virgin is amazingly clever, witty, and the most fun I’ve had in a while. I thought I knew what to expect after reading the blurb, but it ended up being so much more. Virgin made me want to go back in time, to my awkward 20s, and wish that I had this book, and ONLY this book to guide me. 

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani, follows 21-year-old Ellie in her incredible, hilarious, and enlightening journey to lose her virginity. Ellie goes through the trials and tribulations of being in her 20s in the cruel world we all live in. Full of high expectations, peer pressure, and just wanting to fit in and be like everyone else, Ellie constantly struggles to find someone to pop her cherry. 

Virgin reads like a Judy Blume book on steroids! Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING that Ellie went through in this book, I remember going through all of it. I don’t remember going through it with such style and panache like Ellie, but I went through it all the same.

The beautiful thing that you will get out of this book, is the fact that, once Ellie does lose the BIG V, it’s VERY anticlimactic, and Ellie realizes it too. She is still herself, she still has her friends, and she still has her identity. Better than losing her virginity, was the journey that it took her on. She gained a new friend, started a VLOG that ended up helping her writing, and went through something that comes with the territory of growing up, getting your heart-broken.

Radhika Sanghani holds nothing back in Ellie’s story, and I mean NOTHING! She puts everything on the table, including talks about vagina shapes and sizes, pubic hair and waxing, masturbation and blow jobs. I laughed until I cried. I read certain parts over and over again to continue my giggle fits, and I related to Ellie on such a level that I wish I had a friend like her growing up. Everyone who has a vagina, ABSOLUTELY HAS TO READ THIS BOOK! It’s hysterical, real, raw, and refreshing.

❝Here’s to my future. As a girl who doesn’t give a fuck about the state of her pubes, her hymen and her humiliation. Here’s to my vagina.❞




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About Radhika Sanghani

Radhika Sanghani is a journalist for the Daily Telegraph, where she specializes in writing about women and women’s issues. She has an MA in newspaper journalism from City University London, a BA in English literature from University College London, and recently came in second in GQ’s Norman Mailer writing competition. Virgin is her debut novel.

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