Author: Ava Michaels
Format: ARC ePub
Release Date: September 19, 2013
Publisher: Self published
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Victorian 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.
Losing Virginity is a story that follows a young woman named Olivia. Olivia is starting a new year as a freshman in college. She is a good student and a good employee even if her boss may be the devil. Things are good except for one thing - she is a virgin. She is now on a quest to get her V-card swiped. She hates that all of her friends already have (even her best friend who does it right next to her in their dorm room). Her quest is not going to be as easy as she originally thought.
I have to say, this read was a lot cuter than I thought it would be. Michaels has a great sense of humor. It sort of reminded me of Diablo Cody's sense of humor. I like that a lot. The story is quick and fun. There are a few issues I had with it, but overall, I look forward to what else Michaels has up her sleeve.
Our main character, Olivia, was interesting. I must admit, I wasn't sure if I liked her not sometimes. She could be incredibly dramatic at times and/or very naive. But overall, I did like her. She was witty and independent. I just needed to remember she was eighteen. I was eighteen 8 years ago and I never acted like this (I may have thought like this), but I knew plenty that did act like this. Her focus on sex was a little annoying to me because it didn't seem like she really understood what she wanted. On one page, she says she worries about being with a guy who has experience because she didn't. Then a few pages later, she says she wants a guy that knows exactly what he is doing. There are a few moments like this along with getting angry about something when she herself was doing something just as bad. She had a tendency to say things about people even though she was putting herself in the same situation and doesn't seem to notice. Like her reaction to Ryder's secret when she herself was hiding something from him. I do understand all of this though because she needed to learn what she wanted and she wanted it for the wrong reasons.
I loved all the side characters in this book as well. Veronica and Alex, partners-in-crime and Olivia's co-workers, killed me. I remember Olivia saying they should have their own sitcom or something. They really should, they were too much fun. They reminded me of Will and Grace (damn, I miss that show). I also liked Olivia's friend, Jessica. She is a bad roommate for having sex next to Olivia's bed while she was in the room, but she helpful and also made me smile. Our other main character, Ryder, was a favorite. When we officially meet him, the book picked up a bit for me. I liked it before, but with Ryder's character, there was more substance for me.
Olivia's journey really starts when Jessica starts an online profile for her on a dating website. Not a lot interests her until she meets a guy whose name username is Big Stick. Yeah, I know, but it isn't what you would think it means. Still though. Olivia and Big Stick seem to have a decent connection. Olivia thinks their first date was bound to fail considering the terrible bar, but they hit it off and soon there are more dates. Olivia still has to figure things out with herself, but it was fun to witness.
Now for some issues besides the ones I already mentioned. I didn't understand Olivia's journey to lose her virginity at times. She wants to lose it because of everyone else, but she is constantly berating them with names. You should want to lose it when you are actually ready. It shouldn't be a competition, but hey, she is only eighteen. Another thing was her age. She kept saying she waited so long to lose her virginity. You are eighteen! Is losing at the age of fourteen considered a thing now? First, gross. Second, it is still four years. It was truly all she could think about. You would have thought she was a boy at times. Another issue, I wish we got more backstory and emotion from our main characters. There is little talk about family or even love. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of that. I still loved Olivia and Ryder together, but this would have shown a little more how Olivia has grown. For instance, she says Ryder's nickname more than she says his actual name in the book. It kind of took the emotion out of it a bit sometimes. I just wanted a more deeper connection. Nothing sappy, but still.
Also, there was a scene that drove me crazy. Olivia and Jessica end up a party/concert and she meets her old boyfriend, Carlos. I didn't like her reactions to the interaction that took place. Her thinking pissed me off, but she was drinking. But what happened during that lessened it a bit though, it was quite funny, nasty, but still funny. Although, I hate to think about what would have happened if her ex wasn't a klutz. I had an issue with that part.
Overall, this was a cute and equally sexy read. The characters were funny and very enthusiastic to say the least. They will leave you with a smile on your face. The ending of the book made me happy because I was getting scared for a second there. I would have been fuming actually. This read is pretty quick. I couldn't stop when I started it even if I wanted to. Michaels definitely has a knack for storytelling and a knack for laughs. I loved her modern take on the The Wife of Bath's Tale. It is sad what happened, but I like how she pokes fun at the stupidity of the aftermath (it really is ridiculous). This is a read worth checking out for sure.
*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2013!
The Book Vixen's 2013 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
The Book Vixen's 2013 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
About Ava Michaels
I'm an LA girl who lives in San Francisco. I'm currently working a 9 to 5 joh but decided to write my own book in January 2013 instead of watching television. My new years resolution. I'm glad that I've finally ready to release it after 8 months of working on it!
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