Review: Virgins by Caryl Rivers (TLC Tour)

November 19, 2012 Blog Tour, Review 2 ★★★★

Review: Virgins by Caryl Rivers (TLC Tour)Release Date: June 3, 2012
Title: Virgins
Author: Caryl Rivers
Pages: 256
Publisher: Diversion Books
Source: TLC Book Tours
From the Publisher: For the seniors at Immaculate Heart High, hormones jousted with the quest for the State of Grace, and the hormones usually won.  The Map of Forbidden Sexual Delights extended its boundaries nightly in the back seats of tail-finned cars. But the girls of Virgins also wanted more. Who could they grow up to be in a world where women were supposed to be seen, but not heard?  They were rebels with a cause, before their time.

But growing up anytime is hard—finding, and losing first loves, discovering who you will be as a grownup. It’s a universal experience, one that readers of all ages can relate to. As the Atlanta Constitution says, it is “A novel that is fun, funny, bittersweet and always touching… because Rivers writes with such clarity of purpose and spontaneity, anyone at all can enjoy Virgins.”

And they can laugh and cry as they read. Critics called it “brilliantly comic” (London Times)  “Riotously funny” (Library Journal) and showing “sharp comic form” (New York Times Book Review) As the Chicago Tribune says, the book “Rings with authenticity—and also from a great store of wit and wisdom. Few other writers are as funny as she, and none funnier. Yet she is capable of wrenching your heart and soul.”

The kids of Virgins—Peg, Sean, Con, Davy—will stay with you long after you close the book on their hijinks and heartbreak. One Amazon reader says “I read this book when I was 17. I’m now 40 and this book still makes me laugh until tears are running down my face.  It’s a once in a lifetime read about coming of age that every older teen should read.” And another said, “If my life had a bibliography, this book would be on it. I love it. I read it first as a teenager, and revisit it regularly when I need a pick-me-up. It is one of the funniest, most touching, most wonderful books that I have ever discovered.”

Virgins is a timeless classic tale of growing up, one that readers can discover and re-discover all over again.
4 Stars

What a fun read! I was so pleasantly surprised by this one. It’s definitely not the kind of book I’ve been reading lately, but it was a nice change of pace. This was a contemporary (well – timeless) coming of age story that I think everyone can relate to.

It was poignant and funny and an all around good read. If you ever liked Judy Blume, there’s a good chance you’ll like this one.

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