V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram – Tens List & Giveaway #BIR2012

Author Kelly Oram

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.


I am so honored to have made someone’s best of 2012 list, especially when I know how many amazing books were published this year! When Kathy told me she wanted to feature V is for Virgin and asked if I’d like to do a guest post along with it, I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate than sharing some of my favorite reads from this year. Gotta share the love where the love is due! 2012 was a great year for books and I had a really hard time narrowing it down to just ten. Here they are (in no particular order because I love them all so much).

3. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

4. Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot

6. Whispers at Moonrise (Shadow Falls #4) by C.C. Hunter

7. Eternally Yours (Immortal Beloved #3) by Cate Tiernan

10. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (Okay, I know this one was actually published a couple years earlier, but I didn’t get the chance to read it until this year and it is now one of my all-time favorite books ever so I had to add it anyway. Epic is totally the right word.)

V is for Virgin

When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation.

After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy.

As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.

How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?


My Review
I read V is for Virgin a month ago and it’s a book I still think about.  Kelly created some unforgettable characters and very memorable scenes. 

I think this book has a much needed message – it’s ok to wait to have sex.  Despite the fact that it seems that everyone around Val believes and acts differently she sticks to her values.  Amazingly Kelly manages to tell the story without coming across preachy or putting down those who do choose a different path.

I loved the friction between Val & Kyle.  So fun to read and what a great ending to the story!

Rating: 4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend

Content: I agree with what Kelly said –  For a book all about sex, there’s not anything even close to a sex scene in it, but because of the nature of the topic there is a lot of innuendo/sexual humor and some name calling. 

Source: Review copy from Kelly

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