At twenty years old, about to enter her senior year of college, Jenn is embarrassed by the fact that she’s still a virgin. She feels like a child because of it, and doesn’t want to start her 21st year with her v-card intact. Oh, sure, there have been opportunities. She’s dated a lot of guys. It just so happens that whenever it comes time to do the deed, someone ends up in the emergency room or the guy ends up being totally weird. She sets a deadline for herself. There are sixty days until her 21st birthday, so she has 60 days to get it over with.
Right off the bat, this book reminded me of The Virgin Romance Novelist, one of my favorite books of 2015. Jenn’s previous escapades are hilarious, and I loved how she didn’t take herself too seriously. She’s also a fully developed character – she’s an intelligent nursing student, she has four best friends (who are also her roommates) who love her to death, and she has a great sense of humor.
Jenn doesn’t pretend to be anything she’s not, so when she meets the perfect guy while posing as her friend Christian’s date, she quickly sets him straight. While she might be clad in (borrowed) Louboutins at a swanky party, she’s only doing a favor for her friend. In real life, she’s a jeans and tank top kind of girl. The perfect guy, Dain, seems to like her just for who she is. He knows exactly what to say at exactly the right time. Jenn could see herself falling for this guy. She’s happy with the relationship, thrilled even, and then one of her roommates starts showing interest in her.
What’s a girl to do?
I think the thing that I liked most about this book was how it focused on so much more than Jenn’s virginity. It’s the catalyst that gets everything going, but along the way, Jenn learns about the difference between infatuation and love, and how to tell the right guy from the wrong one. And for a book called V-Card, you may also be surprised to learn that it’s pretty tame. If I had to rate it, I’d call it PG-13.
Jenn and her friends really grew on me, and the only thing I would change is just making it a little bit longer. At only 205 pages, it ends pretty abruptly and I would have liked to see a bit of Jenn’s happily ever after.
Still, highly recommended to fans of new adult romance.
Final rating: ★★★★☆