Review: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

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4.5 Stars

I loved this book! I went into this not knowing what to expect. All I knew was that it was about a virgin, and about three chapters in I was in love. I couldn’t stop laughing and giggling. The conversations in this book are about things every girl has thought about, but might never have been brave enough to ask or say out loud. Ellie is a twenty-one-year-old virgin and not by choice. This book follows her journey to losing her virginity. Ellie just wants to fit in, she feels left out and thinks that losing her virginity will free her from this feeling.

One of the things I love about this book is the friendships. Good female friendships are often a rare find in books. The friendships in this story are realistic and fun. The girls talk about anything and everything and they go through their ups and downs. Ellie’s friends are supportive and they listen to her without making her feel bad about herself or making fun of her. Another great thing about this book is that there is no slut shaming. Nobody is looked down upon for how many people they have or haven’t slept with.

This book is about more than just sex. It’s a realistic and comical look on the life of a twenty-one-year-old woman trying to figure out her place in the world and how to be comfortable with herself. There is no perfect guy to come to her rescue and she doesn’t exactly get a happy ending, but she learns some good lessons along the way. This is definitely a must read. It is funny, insightful, and sends a great message without getting preachy or in your face.

Book Info

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani
Published by Berkley Trade
Pub Date: August 5th 2014
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: ContemporaryNew Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.



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.

Tamara @ Gone with the Words

2 Responses to “Review: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani”

  1. Morgan @ Gone with the Words

    Great review!! I saw this mentioned on a few other blogs and it piqued my interest. I always love a good realistic but funny book, although I have a hard time reading super awkward or embarrassing things. Might have to give this a try anyway! Female friendships and no slut/virgin shaming is a definite plus to me :)

    • Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Thanks! I really liked this book. I’m the same way with embarrassing moments, but I think it’s worth it and I was laughing throughout the whole book. I love a good friendship and this book has plenty of that :)

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