Thursday, October 4, 2012

Book Review: Virgins by Caryl Rivers

Virgins was originally published in the mid-80's and is set in the 1960's.  It focuses on the senior year of high school for two virginal Catholic school girls who are aching to grow up and experience life.  It's really not as much of a plot-driven book as it is the story of their senior year and their coming of age.  It reminded me a lot of a Judy Blume book - like something you'd read in middle school or high school and share the "dirty" parts.  The main focus of the story is how the girls toe the line between what their strict Catholic upbringing and their desire to be adults.  It was rereleased in June by Diversion Books in ebook format and is available through Amazon and Banres

I mean, it's a mid-80's YA book, what can I say?  You're not really reading it for the superb writing.  For what it is meant to be, the author does a fine job.  The only thing I can say that really bothered me was some inconsistency is one girl's character.  Constance (Con) is our main character's best friend.  She is supposed to be worldly and rough around the edges.  She reads Freud and Dorothy Parker and pushes boundaries by wishing for lovers and actively trying to loser her virginity.  However, for a girl who reads Dorothy Parker and Freud, she seems to know absolutely nothing about sex.  She tells Peggy at one point that women who don't have lots of sex are Frigid, which causes them to become paralyzed and put in the hospital and fed through tubes.  I just felt like a girl who is reading Freud as a teen would know better, even given the strict Catholic upbringing.  So that kind of bugged me.

Entertainment Value
I thought it was fabulous!  Super cute, something I would have adored in high school and loved now as well.  Peggy and Con are lovable and relatable and girls I'd want to be friends with.  I also loved Sean and Peggy's relationship and the way it affects Peggy.  I also loved the super strict religious elements of the book - I could totally identify with Peggy and Con's sheltered upbringing, as well as their own questions about faith and how to make religion their own.

I think it was a lot of fun to read.  It reminded me of both Grease and Judy Blume.  So if you're fans of either of those things, I think you'll really enjoy this one.

Thanks to TLC for including me on the tour.  Click here to see the other tour stops!


  1. I definitely love Grease and Judy Blume - who doesn't?! :)

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  2. Even though Heather already said it, I have to say that I love your comparison to Grease and Judy Blume!

  3. I totally agree that it's like Grease meets Judy Bloom. If you're interested, here's a link to my review:

  4. This book has the amazing ability to make you laugh and cry all within a matter of a few pages. I felt like the author had dropped right into my high school and had written about my life. I highly recommend won't regret it. When you are done reading this, read the squeal called "Girls Forever Brave and True" to find out what happens to the characters 10 years later.

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