Yesterday Lila weighed in on what she’d read this month. Today’s Neva’s turn, and she’s not terribly happy.
Bad month. Bad bad bad. Eff you, Lila, for nabbing the good picks. My first was Virgin, by Radhika Sanghani. That one made me angry. I laughed a couple of times, but more often (sooo often) I cringed at the over-sharing. I’m okay with over-sharing as a rule, so it has to be bad. Yeep, the details. I think this was meant to let young girls know, in a funny and blunt way, that it’s normal to be confused about sexuality and to maybe not really be sexual until after your teens, but the heroine spent most of the book whining that she was a freak of nature because she was a twenty-one-year-old virgin, so it sent hugely negative messages for a looong time until the positive messages finely seeped out. In the meantime, most of the jokes felt flat. On the plus side (or not, depending on how traumatic your recollection of those years is), a lot of it felt really authentic to me, specifically all the embarrassing bits and the ones in which Ellie obsessed over guys who were definitely not worth obsessing over. So for accuracy, it gets points. This came close to working in many ways, but missed a whole bunch of marks. Continue reading