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Virgins Paperback – 15 May 1986

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Futura Publications; New edition edition (15 May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708828485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708828489
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,190,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Read this at school in the (very) early 90's. Loved it, leant it, lost it. Bought again 2 decades later. Just such a funny sweet coming of age story. Fantastic step-off-the-page characters. I am always devastated every time I finish it. Best book for teenagers ever. Read this and you'll never look at Twilight again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98825fb4) out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down. 7 Jan. 2002
By Jen - Published on
Format: Paperback
I loved this book, I really couldn't put it down. Although I am not Catholic, I am a junior in high school and I think that this book is so great, it's funny, sweet, and sad. When I picked it up I didn't expect tears to be rolling from my eyes by the time I turned the last pages. You know that feeling when your in the middle of a book, then you keep reading and you want to get to the end, but if you get to the end that means it's over and there is nothing left, I just finished this book and I came online hoping to find a sequel and I did, I am going out today to buy Girls Forever, Brave and True. Don't skip out on reading Virgins, it is a one the best books I have ever read!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfbbc3c) out of 5 stars Catholic Schoolgirls Truly Rule 10 May 2005
By inkthoughts - Published on
Format: Paperback
Funny, sassy, sensitive and real, Rivers triumphs with this novel that captures the heavenly (and hellish) aspects of growing up Catholic. Main character Peg and her best friend Con are hilarious; their wry wit allows them to cope with Con's alcoholic, abusive father, and Peg's "love for a boy who loves God more." Sean, the object of Peg's affection, tries to balance his devotion to his lifelong romance with Peg (his playground crush) and to his God.

All are grappling with the desire to be a good Catholic, and desire to try it all before graduation. Though the world around their Catholic school is strict and solemn, their own journeys of self-discovery are dotted with high school high jinks, humor, and true displays of friendship and love. A must-read for any former Catholic schoolgirl, or anyone who crushed on one.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98bdb288) out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BOOK 19 Nov. 2001
By Norah Simmons - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book has the amazing ability to make you laugh and cry all within a matter of a few pages. I felt like the author had dropped right into my high school and had written about my life. I highly recommend won't regret it. When you are done reading this, read the sequal called "Girls Forever Brave and True" to find out what happens to the characters 10 years later.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x986f12e8) out of 5 stars sex under the icon.... 15 Jun. 2012
By Sally Steinberg - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Caryl Rivers has a unique gift. As with all manifestations of genius, hers seems to arise unbidden and possess its own genetic imprint, no forebears, no derivatives, no copies. The gift is one of comic brilliance, illuminated by the light of sophisticated intelligence tempered by earthiness and the common touch. The perfect vehicle for this constellation, the world of Catholic girlhood, nuns, Hail Marys, combines inexorably with the unstoppable energy of testosterone-fueled adolescent sexual gropings, boy-girl explosions juxtaposed with devotions, confessions, priestly rigors, admonishments, and gasp! Sin. Masturbation meets confession. Rivers has an unerring eye for telling detail and for metaphoric equivalents, fingers roaming body parts are "stallions" in "enchanted gardens." She invents a voice that is part tongue-in-cheek, part wink, part hyperbole, part trenchant observation and part sidelong glance mixed with chuckle. She takes an eye-rolling look at Catholic school life, with thoroughgoing knowledge of its rituals and excesses, its finger-waggings and its humor. Not for her the lofty aerie of the high-flown. She gets down and dirty with teenage sex under the icon, canonization in a Maidenform bra.

Virgins is rooted in the material world, in human foible, in a world you can reach out and touch. It is made so you take pleasure in the laughter that inheres in it, and while you are laughing, realize that this is the joyous laughter of the Human Comedy, not the barbed ridicule of dark satire. Rivers is a standard bearer for the joys of everyday. Her sharp eye for incongruity in those joys leaves no stone unturned in the service of wringing out every drop of mirth from her naïve yet knowing characters, coreligionists, devout and not so. She gets the phrase just right by combining vernacular colloquialisms with church lingo. A rousing cheer for this all-American Catholic pack of girls--virgins indeed!-- their boyfriend runts, their presiding nuns and priests, and her own blend of irreverence but not insult, skewering but not sacrilege, all stirred into the voices of these kids, perfect mimicry of Catholic girlhood, hearty guffaws at the antics in the precincts of the confessional and the nun's habit. You can only ask yourself, How did she do it?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9837a4c8) out of 5 stars I have read it too many times...... 31 May 2013
By Lisa K. Duncan - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in the Connecticut airport before flying home to Seattle in 8th grade. Of course, the title was what took me in. However, the book, the characters cracked me up so much. The observation that the word "virgin" meant something so different before my time was what caught me up. Though I never meant to stumble into this book and certainly never intended to follow up with it, "virgins" and later "girls forever brave and true" have been read and re-read since they were published.
I suppose it is the honesty and silliness that keep me around.
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