Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, New Adult
Published by Self Published on September 19, 2013
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WARNING: THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY ONLY FOR AGES 18 OR OLDER. OLIVIA HAS CRAZY THOUGHTS. IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY INAPPROPRIATE THOUGHTS I RECOMMEND YOU DON'T READ THIS. IF YOU HAVE VIRGIN EARS I RECOMMEND YOU DON'T READ THIS. IF YOU HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR THEN READ THIS.
Olivia Spurgeon has been a good girl her entire life. Her friends have called her Spurgeon the Virgin since 9th grade. Why? Because everyone in her group of friends had already lost there virginity by then. Over the past four years it has been like a foreign object attached to her and even named it something simple.
Now, she's a freshman in college and still hasn't done the deed. All three of her roommates do not have Virginity attached to them and they aren't scared to show it off. Olivia is jealous. She wants what they are having, feeling. One day she finally decides that she doesn't want Virginity attached to her anymore and begins the journey of losing it.
“I’m not saying she’s a slut. I’m just saying she’s put more balls in her mouth than hungry hungry hippos.”
Every once in a while, I read a book that doesn’t immediately draw me in, so just for fun, I’ll check out other people’s reviews (if there happen to be any.) I have to say that one particular review of this book, a very negative one, made me determined to read the entire book.
** When reading a book entitled “Losing Virginity” and you then read the book description that includes the fact that the main character is determined to lose her virginity, what in the world would you assume that this book is about? The wonderful art of baking the perfect souffle?
When a reviewer takes off points for the main character of such a book being “overly obsessed with sex or the fact that she’d not had any yet” just seems pointless and stupid. This is said with all due respect to any and all of my fellow book reviewers, but really? What the hell did you think this book would be about? If you didn’t like the description of the main story line, why the hell did you read it?
On a whole, was this book the best book ever written? Will this author be the next Jane Austen or Nora Roberts? Not with this book, no. There are some issues that need to be worked out (using “hear” instead of “here” to describe a place, etc.) but it was enjoyable. And really funny at some points. As a first novel for a person, I think it’s fantastic, and going out into a world where books like this are almost a dime a dozen, it’s ballsy to do. To put yourself out there. And Ava Michaels deserves credit for the attempt, and for all the humor and thought she put into the book.
One point that the aforementioned (yet unnamed) reviewer made, which I agree with, is that Olivia first knows her guy as “BigStick” — his online dating profile name (which, he says, is due to a history with baseball and using a large bat, but later on we find that he is, indeed, larger than the national average). She continues to use this name, in her inner monologue, as well as when talking to him. Personally, I felt that it took away from the story, away from the intimacy that she was building with Ryder (which is his real name, btw). I felt that if Olivia is going to be making a huge deal about losing her v-card (which, no matter what age, it’s a BIG deal) and that she falls for him, “BigStick” isn’t what I’d be thinking of him as.
Aside from that, and any major editorial errors, I really enjoyed the book. I loved the bits that made me laugh (i.e. “For me, being in a bar is like Taylor Swift giving relationship advice. Both don’t and shouldn’t happen.”) I loved that it goes deeper than you originally thought it would. And I like that I liked it. No, it’s not a book that is going to start a deep philosophical discussion in your book club. It’s one of those guilty pleasure books that only a few of us brave ones will proudly show to the world and say, “Yes! I AM reading this!” (Which I actually did to a coworker when I received a raised brow).
So a fine first attempt, Ms Michaels. I hope you continue to write so I may read more. I give it a 3 out of 5, as there are a few hurdles that still need to be crossed, but I definitely liked it! Thank you!