Title: The Virgin Diaries
Compiled/Edited by Kimberley Johnson and Ann Werner
Publisher: ARK Stories
Source: Authors. Thanks for the review opportunity you guys!
This review is going to be a bit different, as I have never reviewed a non-fiction anthology book before.
When Ms. Johnson and Ms. Werner requested a review of their book The Virgin Diaries, I admit, I was a bit apprehensive. I don’t tend to read things directly related to sex, but after reading a bit about the book and seeing some of the information behind it, I decided that it would be interesting to read.. This book is primarily aimed toward teenagers, but I honestly think it is a good read for anyone looking for some more insight on the subject. I think the topic is an important one, and that is why I decided to read and review The Virgin Diaries.
The Virgin Diaries consists of about 72 short stories in all, from both male and female points of view, and focuses on sex and virginity. I think this subject is an important one to bring up because nowadays, sex is practically thrown in our faces everywhere. The authors themselves have said this book is supposed to give a little guidance to anyone wondering about sex and anything of the like, and I think the book does give a good base for the curious. Each story recounts the details of a person’s loss of virginity, and there were so many different points of view on the subject. Each of the stories has a different moral, I guess you could say, and I think people looking for information on the subject will be very pleased with the book.
The stories were really interesting to read. Some of them were touching, and some of them were sad, there were many different emotions that flowed through these stories. I never expected to see all the different emotions when reading these stories. I never really thought about people's reactions to sex and virginity before, and i was surprised with how many different views there were. It was cool to see how different the people telling their stories were, and what they all thought afterwards.
This book is definitely great for anyone- teen or adult- looking for advice on sex and virginity. I think the book is important in general just because sex is everywhere: in our movies, in our music, and in our books. I think it is great, especially for teens, to have a book like this to look into and get some insight.
The Virgin Diaries is a quick, enjoyable read, and though it is different from my typical reads, I still enjoyed it and took some great lessons from it. I definitely recommend it, especially to teens who might need a little bit more advice on sex and virginity. Also, I wanted to mention what a great addition the pictures and information tidbits Ms. Werner and Ms. Johnson added into the stories were. I thought they were really cool and interesting and added to the overall feel of the book. I will be doing a guest post of Ms. Johnson and Ms. Werner's blog (http://thevirgindiaries411.blogspot.com/) sometime soon, so I'll make sure to let you know when that happens!