Losing Virginity by Ava Michaels
Release date: September 19, 2013
My rating: 3.25 stars
SynopsisOlivia 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.
ExcerptVictorian women had a complex system of sending courtship signals with their fans. If she was available, she would fan quicker, and if she was taken she would fan slower. If her fan rested on her left cheek, then she was not that into you. If it was on her right cheek then you were in. Whoever got rid of the fan thing? That sounded great to me! I've been borrowing my courtship rituals from Victorian England and sending the slightest, tiniest, most miniscule signals to guys that I was interested. I was assuming that boys could understand a complex system of unspoken language. It wasn’t me after all. It was them!
I needed to be more obvious about my signals, it was as simple as that.
In Finland, girls who were ready to marry would wear an empty sheath around their waists. When a guy wanted to date the girl, he would either make or buy a knife and put it in her sheath.
Tell me it doesn't get any more obvious than that. Maybe I should just walk up to the next boy I want wearing a sheath. Would he get it then? Somehow I doubted it.
If the woman wasn't interested in the man, she would give the knife back, but if she wanted to marry him she would keep it. Women in those cooler climates always carried knives around.
I resolved that I was going to drop the fan and go for the knife. It's time I made a sheath.
This is a tough one for me. I want to like this book so much… I am almost at a loss of words. First, meet the characters. We have Olivia. She is an 18 year old virgin OBSESSED with sex and losing her virginity. Then we have Ryder. A 28 year old man who becomes Olivia’s interest.
This book has some redeeming qualities that saved it from a diving score! It is witty at many times. I can’t deny a good chuckle or shaking of my head. The plot itself is a good one. I was intrigued by the idea of a college girl on her quest to lose her virginity but not to just the first guy to come along. The supporting characters are a hoot themselves. They kept the storyline interesting and moving along. I could feel the kinship between the characters. They have good chemistry and work with the story.
Now, the hard part. The things I didn’t like about this book. This is the part that pains me the most. Now, first, I understand that I have received an ARC. So I will assume there wasn’t ANY editing done with this when it was sent to me. The misuse of common words such as where and wear or here and hear really grate on my nerves. There were many other grammatical errors that I don’t think should ever exist in a book, even unedited. I am not trying to bash the author, but if you are going to write, I would expect you to know the difference between common words. Then we have the timeframes. On more than one occasion, the author apparently forget that she mentioned the day of the week at some point during parts. It would be the night of one day and then say the next morning which was two days later. That is a simple mistake, for the most part. However, since it happened more than once or twice, I have to wonder how much the author was paying attention to what she was writing. Then I have Olivia. I liked her enough. However her obsession with sex really annoyed me. I was expecting a bunch of horrible dates and escapades before we got to the juicy guy. However, all we got where way too many random thoughts about sex, sex, and more sex. Not even graphic thoughts. Just generic, run-of-the-mill thoughts. I had to force myself through them for the most part.
To sum up my thoughts on this book… Well, I can’t put it in words. The plot is good, but the follow through and details are not. This book needs a lot of tweeking to make it something I would recommend. Hopefully the author has a good editor to help with the book before it becomes the final product! Please do not think I am slamming this book. I am just giving my honest thoughts on the book. I don’t like having to point out negatives about a book. However, this book had too many for me not to.
Funny Quotes from the Book
I was really wondering if I’s ever have sex. I’d probably be better off buying a hamster, naming it Virginity, and losing the hamster. It’d be close enough.
To me cars are more like a girl. Girls are the best vehicles in the world because two beautiful headlights in front, two great bumpers at the back, self-lubricating when hot, finger touch ignition, automatic engine, oil change every month, any type of pistons fit, multiple seating styles and adjustments, great accessories, automatic and manual drive from both sides, and ready for a test drive any time…
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