V is for Virgin- Kelly Oram
Series rating: 4/5 stars
I HAVE BEGUN THE KELLY ORAM READING SPREE.
This always happens when I find a new writer to love. I get all of the books they've written as soon as possible and just start reading. I had to physically tear myself away to post this review before continuing the marathon.
So, book thoughts.
V is for Virgin tells the story of Val Jensen, who was dumped by her boyfriend because she refused to have sex with him because she's waiting for marriage. Pissed off, he lies about it to the whole school... which leads to a lunchtime tabletop declaration... which someone uploads to youtube.
And which superstar badboy rocker and past student, Kyle Hamilton, happens to see. He's determined to take Virgin Val's abstinence as his own personal challenge.
This book was SO GOOD. Val's reasons for her abstinence were brilliantly done (no ram-religion-down-your-throat happening here), and I was literally cheering for her right through all the madness of being pursued by a showboating rockstar. Kyle himself was brilliant, and not quite what I'd expected: which made the book even better right up to the heartbreaking emotional climax.
Which made it SO MUCH BETTER to pick up with them four years later in A is for Abstinence.
Val hasn't seen or heard from Kyle in four years. And then he shows up. Wearing an Abstinence bracelet.
And determined to convince her to give the two of them a second chance.
Hoo boy. Kyle Kyle Kyle. Loved him in V, adored him in A. And cheered- LOUDLY- for him in both.
The development of Val in this book was a bit different, because it was told mainly from Kyle's POV. I was a bit confused by many of her reactions, but it all made sense eventually. I will say, however, that unlike V, A will not be able to stand alone. You NEED to read V to truly enjoy this one: there are too many subtleties and events that are not properly explained in A but you'd get if you've recently read V, as was true in my case.
But once you get to the climax of this one... well. Prepare yourself for a boatload of emotion.