- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group; 1 edition (5 Aug. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425276317
- ISBN-13: 978-0425276310
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.9 x 20.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,976,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Virgin: Flowers Cover Paperback – 5 Aug 2014
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""Virgin "is laugh out loud, share with a friend, nonstop entertainment. Even "Bridget Jones's Diary" could take a page from this novel."--Joan Rivers
"Bridget Jones and Carrie Bradshaw, meet your wisecracking, vagina-obsessed match. Sanghani's debut is a hilarious, irreverent look at smart-alecky, painfully self-conscious, 21-year-old Ellie's relentless mission to rectify a disastrous first attempt at performing oral sex, get deflowered, find the perfect Brazilian wax, avoid her tradition-bound Greek mother's nagging, graduate summa cum laude, be a writer, and fit in...This story for millennials is a wonderful blend of modern angst with old-fashioned sweetness."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
About the Author
Radhika Sanghani is a journalist for "The Daily Telegraph" where she specialises 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 second in "GQ"'s Norman Mailer writing competition. This is her debut novel. She is currently working on a sequel which follows Ellie into 'The Slut Years.'
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Top Customer Reviews
The only reason this book lost a star was due to some clashing issues I had with the characters. Mainly Ellie.
For the most part she was nice but I found her a complete cow at times, and I sometimes found it hard to feel sorry for her or relate to her, but that was the limit of my gripes. This was only partly because I wanted to scream at her how daft she was being. I was still a Virgin at 21 (yeh I don’t care who knows) and so what? I wasn’t the only one.
The story itself was one of the funniest things I have ever read. I laughed out loud on several occasions, my favourite being a close run between the blow job learning scene and the bathtub incident near the beginning of the book.
I also absolutely loved Paul and Emma and the Vlog idea, it was pure genius. On a more serious note, I wish this had been around when I was a teen. I mean I learned a few bits from this and I’m now 27. For example, I did not know that there were different types of Brazilian Wax. So least I know what to ask for if I ever get the bizarre urge to do it.
The main message in this book is to accept who you are though, and if you don’t want to do certain things it’s fine. Just because everyone else is out popping there cherry with every Tom, Dick and Harry, it doesn't mean you have to.
I think this could be a good book for teens to read as part of Sex Ed because at least then if some of them make the choice to have sex they will do so more informed.
Overall, though this is a light funny read, there are some serious issues dealt with in a fun, humorous way that I feel will appeal to teens and adults alike.
I wasn’t sure what to expect in all honesty but its so exciting to discover new authors.
This book is FUNNY and I mean FUNNY … I had to put my hand over my mouth to stop howling very loud on the bus .
We go on a journey with Ellie and its a personal one …we witness her first waxing experience amongst other intimate events .
I think there are a lot of pre conceived ideas about virgins that are adults ,which is kind of sad as its such a big deal and why is it seen more normal in society to lose your virginity under 18 than above ?
This book will make you turn all those ideas on their head and embrace the fact that this student is still a VIRGIN despite trying .
Despite the fact I had kids young I could honestly relate to Ellie as I was a very late starter in comparison to others lol .I was the one who boys asked to hook up with my friends …still not much as changed really lol
I think this Is a original and refreshing concept and I really enjoyed it .
Go and read it …you may even learn a thing or two ;P
Everything, simply everything revolves around her virginity. Almost to the point of obsession, which is probably why she is letting it influence all her relationships and her daily life.
The situations are slightly exaggerated and overly dramatic to instil an overall sense of comedy to otherwise awkward situations. The sexual scenarios are quite descriptive, so I wouldn’t recommend this for younger readers. To be more specific, I mean talking about certain sexual positions or a how-to descriptions on giving certain sexual gratification to your male bed partner. It is done in a funny, joking way, a conversation between good friends having a laugh.
So, I wouldn’t give this to my very shy and inexperienced 16-year-old yet, but I would have given it my more experienced (at the time) 18-year-old, and I will be giving it to my older daughters to read.
It would have been nice to see a more realistic and serious representation of virginity in our day and age. In that regard Sanghani is right on the button. There is a clear lack of books on the subject, especially ones written in a way that eases the fear and pressure.
Virginity is a choice which is often frowned upon and scorned at. The pressure by peers to do as they do and be as they are makes it difficult for young people to make their own choices.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hilarious! Such a great read, I think every young woman should read it.Published 7 months ago by Rebecca Harris
A very amusing (and sometimes cringeworthy) book. You can totally relate to some of Ellie's issues. The bit about the champneys bottle made me cross my legs tight! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nicola23
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Okay, so I've been reading this book for the past five days and I like it. It was an enjoyable, funny and hilarious read but also, in a way, relatable, since the main character... Read morePublished 16 months ago by HannahLoveBook
This book was a nice and light, easy read which I finished in about two days. Didn't require any deep thought but it was pretty funny which is what in was looking forPublished 17 months ago by Stacey
I wasnt to sure when I first started to read this but carried on and it actually was quite a good read and funny in placesPublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
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