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Kathy is a virgin in her twenties trying to navigate the blurred lines between sex and love even as outside forces attempt to detach her from her sexual autonomy. At home, her adoptive mother’s eyes investigate her body for evidence of sexual promiscuity and, despite her protests, she is called a putana—a whore—for her perceived sexual debauchery. At work, meanwhile, she i Kathy is a virgin in her twenties trying to navigate the blurred lines between sex and love even as outside forces attempt to detach her from her sexual autonomy. At home, her adoptive mother’s eyes investigate her body for evidence of sexual promiscuity and, despite her protests, she is called a putana—a whore—for her perceived sexual debauchery. At work, meanwhile, she is sexually harassed by male managers who slap her butt, tell her they want Greek for lunch (wink, wink), and fill out recommendation forms about her sexy qualities. A young girl on the cusp of womanhood, she encounters a version of herself as men experience her: hypersexualized and objectified. As if this is not enough, Kathy enters the dating scene in search of love only to find herself fending off young men who want her just for sex. In each relationship, Kathy uncovers her own strength and conviction as she fights for the kind of sex she wants instead of the kind of empty sex boys seem to require of girls. The more demands they make, the more determined she is to hold out for love—even if it means losing a guy or going home single and alone. Raw and empowering, The Virgin Chronicles sends the message that love is worth waiting for and sex is better when it’s paired with self-actualization.


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Kathy is a virgin in her twenties trying to navigate the blurred lines between sex and love even as outside forces attempt to detach her from her sexual autonomy. At home, her adoptive mother’s eyes investigate her body for evidence of sexual promiscuity and, despite her protests, she is called a putana—a whore—for her perceived sexual debauchery. At work, meanwhile, she i Kathy is a virgin in her twenties trying to navigate the blurred lines between sex and love even as outside forces attempt to detach her from her sexual autonomy. At home, her adoptive mother’s eyes investigate her body for evidence of sexual promiscuity and, despite her protests, she is called a putana—a whore—for her perceived sexual debauchery. At work, meanwhile, she is sexually harassed by male managers who slap her butt, tell her they want Greek for lunch (wink, wink), and fill out recommendation forms about her sexy qualities. A young girl on the cusp of womanhood, she encounters a version of herself as men experience her: hypersexualized and objectified. As if this is not enough, Kathy enters the dating scene in search of love only to find herself fending off young men who want her just for sex. In each relationship, Kathy uncovers her own strength and conviction as she fights for the kind of sex she wants instead of the kind of empty sex boys seem to require of girls. The more demands they make, the more determined she is to hold out for love—even if it means losing a guy or going home single and alone. Raw and empowering, The Virgin Chronicles sends the message that love is worth waiting for and sex is better when it’s paired with self-actualization.

30 review for The Virgin Chronicles: A Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    TITLE: The Virgin Chronicles: A Memoir AUTHOR: Marina DelVecchio PUB DATE: 4.26.2022 Preorder Now REVIEW: In The Virgin Chronicles, Marina DelVecchio delivers a powerful and engaging account of a young woman’s journey, as she navigates the intricacies of adulthood, and independence. Along the way, she learns about the juxtaposition between the power and shame of sexuality, and the blurred lines between sex and love. I found that The Virgin Chronicles was a powerful read, and the writing engaging, t TITLE: The Virgin Chronicles: A Memoir AUTHOR: Marina DelVecchio PUB DATE: 4.26.2022 Preorder Now REVIEW: In The Virgin Chronicles, Marina DelVecchio delivers a powerful and engaging account of a young woman’s journey, as she navigates the intricacies of adulthood, and independence. Along the way, she learns about the juxtaposition between the power and shame of sexuality, and the blurred lines between sex and love. I found that The Virgin Chronicles was a powerful read, and the writing engaging, thought provoking, and so well written. I highly recommend this memoir!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan Ballard

    “...𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘺 𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘴𝘦𝘢 𝘰𝘧 𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘴.” While having several experiences with boys, which mainly comprised of a lot of kissing, Kathy reminds herself that she is in control of her body. Relationships would soon end when she felt she was giving too much of herself away. She seems to understand that sex is not love, and she wants to be loved. While ma “...𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘺 𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘴𝘦𝘢 𝘰𝘧 𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘴.” While having several experiences with boys, which mainly comprised of a lot of kissing, Kathy reminds herself that she is in control of her body. Relationships would soon end when she felt she was giving too much of herself away. She seems to understand that sex is not love, and she wants to be loved. While many in society may label someone like her a prude, her adoptive mother was calling her a “whore.” Confused? Kathy, like most teens and twenty-somethings, did go out. Sometimes it was just over to her friend’s house to watch Disney movies. But she did go dancing or out with a boy, and maybe she did drink a little. Her adoptive mother was so overprotective, overbearing, and verging on abusive that she would assume the worse, even when Kathy was saying no, time after time. The writing here is vulnerable and very readable. I was intrigued by the mother/daughter relationship, its history, and how it shaped Kathy. I would have liked a little more about this aspect. But I also appreciate that the focus was dealing with sexual expectations, stereotypes, and Kathy’s self-discovery. Thank you @suzyapprovedbooktours and @marina_delvecchio for a spot on tour and a signed copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janet | purrfectpages

    Kathy is a twenty something young woman, navigating the ups and downs of coming into her own. As a student, she’s struggling to pay for her degree after her untrusting adoptive mother stops contributing to her college fund. As a result, Kathy is forced to get two jobs just to scrape by. Naturally, she’s tired and left without much time for herself. Of course her mother suspects the worst- often examining Kathy for the underlying effects of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll- none of which can be farth Kathy is a twenty something young woman, navigating the ups and downs of coming into her own. As a student, she’s struggling to pay for her degree after her untrusting adoptive mother stops contributing to her college fund. As a result, Kathy is forced to get two jobs just to scrape by. Naturally, she’s tired and left without much time for herself. Of course her mother suspects the worst- often examining Kathy for the underlying effects of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll- none of which can be farther from the truth. In reality, Kathy is like any other misunderstood young woman, with one unique quality- she’s still a virgin. A virgin by choice, Kathy doesn’t know what exactly she’s looking for in a partner, but she knows she will know it when she sees it. By her early twenties, even Kathy is feeling disillusioned and disheartened by the men she encounters, both personally and professionally. The Virgin Chronicles follows one young woman’s journey to find love- not only in a partner, but how to love oneself. In this memoir, author Marina “Kathy” Delvecchio recalls her struggle to stand up to others, despite pressure to do otherwise. I never felt like a typical teen or twenty something growing up, so I related to her feeling like an outlier at times. I could not imagine ever not having an ally in my mother, so the lack of support there really broke my heart and only served to make her journey more empowering. If you enjoy stories of self discovery interlaced with frank commentary and budding feminism, then The Virgin Chronicles might be worth your time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Marina DelVecchio's The Virgin Chronicles: A Memoir is a hard-to-put down coming-of-age narrative about parent-child relationships, young adult romance, and self-discovery. Kathy, a young woman in New York, lives under the rule of her adoptive mother who obsesses over the belief Kathy is grossly promiscuous. Through the eyes of Kathy, we find anything but. Rather, we find an independent woman on a quest to find and establish her true identity. This heart-wrenching story about the unwarranted lab Marina DelVecchio's The Virgin Chronicles: A Memoir is a hard-to-put down coming-of-age narrative about parent-child relationships, young adult romance, and self-discovery. Kathy, a young woman in New York, lives under the rule of her adoptive mother who obsesses over the belief Kathy is grossly promiscuous. Through the eyes of Kathy, we find anything but. Rather, we find an independent woman on a quest to find and establish her true identity. This heart-wrenching story about the unwarranted labels placed on women and the ability to overcome all odds is a glimpse into our own pasts. I thoroughly enjoyed this book for its bold commentary on the challenges of being a woman. Similarly, the understanding of those challenges allow us to discover and live as our true selves. I absolutely recommend.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dawnny

    A courageous memoir with a powerful message to young women. Kathy is a twenty something virgin trying to dodge the cat calls and inappropriate behavior from the men at work. Her step mother believes she is promiscuous and calls her names. Plus navigating a dating world full of pressure for sex and all the wrong boys. This was so real and feelable. I love the powerful message this gives young women about holding out until the time is right. A book every young girl should read. Dawnny Ruby Novels A courageous memoir with a powerful message to young women. Kathy is a twenty something virgin trying to dodge the cat calls and inappropriate behavior from the men at work. Her step mother believes she is promiscuous and calls her names. Plus navigating a dating world full of pressure for sex and all the wrong boys. This was so real and feelable. I love the powerful message this gives young women about holding out until the time is right. A book every young girl should read. Dawnny Ruby Novels N Latte Hudson Valley NY

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jodie (Geauxgetlit)

    A truly wonderful memoir, that felt like I was reading a fiction novel, as a young women tries discerning between sex and love. This is an adult coming of age story, that could happen at any age for women. ⠀ There are very few books, that can initially have me giggling as a young school girl to anger to sadness to by the end feeling tremendous pride. Loved it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Libby Feltis

    Marina DelVeechio will have you rooting for her younger self in this memoir filled with sweeping prose and angsty descriptions of a difficult relationship with her adoptive mother and close calls with all the wrong guys. It's a story of someone trying to both prove her mother wrong and be free of her at the same time. Marina captures the struggle of becoming her own person in this page turning memoir. I only wish we were given more in depth details about her life before adoption. I feel it would Marina DelVeechio will have you rooting for her younger self in this memoir filled with sweeping prose and angsty descriptions of a difficult relationship with her adoptive mother and close calls with all the wrong guys. It's a story of someone trying to both prove her mother wrong and be free of her at the same time. Marina captures the struggle of becoming her own person in this page turning memoir. I only wish we were given more in depth details about her life before adoption. I feel it would have aided in understanding her even more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Shepherd

    The Virgin Chronicles is a powerful and poignant coming-of-age-story. The author was eight-years-old when her mother adopted her, and DelVecchio’s attempts to win her withholding mother’s love and acceptance are both heartbreaking and empowering. While her mother imagines the worst and accuses her adolescent and then twenty-something daughter of all kinds of “debauched” behavior, DelVecchio has staked her claim to her own autonomy: she will remain a virgin until she finds real love. This memoir i The Virgin Chronicles is a powerful and poignant coming-of-age-story. The author was eight-years-old when her mother adopted her, and DelVecchio’s attempts to win her withholding mother’s love and acceptance are both heartbreaking and empowering. While her mother imagines the worst and accuses her adolescent and then twenty-something daughter of all kinds of “debauched” behavior, DelVecchio has staked her claim to her own autonomy: she will remain a virgin until she finds real love. This memoir is beautifully written. It will tear at your heartstrings and make you laugh out loud, sometimes on the same page. And although our own quests for love and independence may play out in different ways, it is not difficult for readers to identify with DelVecchio’s struggles. This story will remain with me for a long time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    The Virgin Chronicles is a unique memoir of a woman's quest for love and acceptance that she does not get from her adoptive mother. As an adoptive mom myself, my heart broke for young Kathy as she continuously ran into the wall that was her mother--a woman who not only didn't see her for who she was, but emotionally abused her as well. But what shines through as Kathy seeks love and acceptance is her strong will to stand against society, to believe in her value as a woman and as a human. Marina The Virgin Chronicles is a unique memoir of a woman's quest for love and acceptance that she does not get from her adoptive mother. As an adoptive mom myself, my heart broke for young Kathy as she continuously ran into the wall that was her mother--a woman who not only didn't see her for who she was, but emotionally abused her as well. But what shines through as Kathy seeks love and acceptance is her strong will to stand against society, to believe in her value as a woman and as a human. Marina DelVecchio's strong writing paints a portrait of a woman who overcomes the obstacles life has thrown in her path with grit and determination. Definitely an inspiring and thought-provoking read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Penni

    Marina DelVecchio’s gorgeous writing drives us through her desperate search for love and trust, beginning as a child and continuing on through young womanhood. Her heartbreakingly futile yearning to be loved and seen by an adoptive mother who long ago abandoned her emotionally continually results in emptiness and self-loathing that will pierce your heart. But to counter the emptiness of her non-belonging, she finds her strength and pride via the unwavering protection of her virginity from men wh Marina DelVecchio’s gorgeous writing drives us through her desperate search for love and trust, beginning as a child and continuing on through young womanhood. Her heartbreakingly futile yearning to be loved and seen by an adoptive mother who long ago abandoned her emotionally continually results in emptiness and self-loathing that will pierce your heart. But to counter the emptiness of her non-belonging, she finds her strength and pride via the unwavering protection of her virginity from men who only want to conquer her without loving her. Written through the lens of a twenty-something, budding feminist who refuses to simply give away her sexual self, DelVecchio brilliantly expresses her conflict and emotions through the stunning shards of self-awareness interspersed with the exquisite imagery that we loved in Dear Jane. No matter your own life experiences in your twenties, you are certain to recognize yourself in some part of her memoir.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (Nissa_the.bookworm)

    Thank you to @suzyapprovedbooktours and @marina.delvecchio for having me on this tour of The Virgin Chronicles! The Virgin Chronicles is a memoir that revolves around a lonely family life, a missing name, and sex and boys. Marina, or Kathy as she is known by in the book, is still a virgin. In her early twenties, this is practically unheard of for a girl her age, starting her adult life in the late 80s/early 90s. Her mother is constantly accusing her of sleeping around, but Marina is looking for l Thank you to @suzyapprovedbooktours and @marina.delvecchio for having me on this tour of The Virgin Chronicles! The Virgin Chronicles is a memoir that revolves around a lonely family life, a missing name, and sex and boys. Marina, or Kathy as she is known by in the book, is still a virgin. In her early twenties, this is practically unheard of for a girl her age, starting her adult life in the late 80s/early 90s. Her mother is constantly accusing her of sleeping around, but Marina is looking for love, and until she finds it, she refuses to settle for less just to lose her virginity. As she kisses lots of boys and has several short term relationships, Marina struggles to stick to her guns and wait for love, when she is constantly accused of being a putana by her own mother, and laughed at and rejected by her friends and the boys she kisses. But Marina is strong, and she knows what she wants. She refuses to let anyone in who is undeserving of who she truly is. I really loved this memoir. I wish this kind of story was around when I was a young girl. As someone who lost her virginity early, to someone who did not deserve it, this is a great story about a woman with very strong beliefs for what she wants out of her life. She knows what she deserves, and I wish that I could have had her kind of mindset, too. For that, I highly admire Marina! This memoir is nothing short of raw and real, exposing every crack in her foundation with her adoptive mother, as well as with the people that she had to surround herself with on a daily basis, due to work, school, etc. I hope that Marina finally found true love!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda Zagon

    Marina DelVecchio, the author of “The Virgin Chronicles” has written a thought-provoking and heartfelt memoir. The author writes about “Kathy” and her coming-of-age experiences with an adoptive mother and their toxic relationship. The adoptive mother constantly has derogatory comments and puts Kathy down. Kathy is an excellent student and works double jobs to pay for her tuition and rent in her mother’s home. Although the adoptive mother calls her a “putana” “whore”, and is convinced that Kathy Marina DelVecchio, the author of “The Virgin Chronicles” has written a thought-provoking and heartfelt memoir. The author writes about “Kathy” and her coming-of-age experiences with an adoptive mother and their toxic relationship. The adoptive mother constantly has derogatory comments and puts Kathy down. Kathy is an excellent student and works double jobs to pay for her tuition and rent in her mother’s home. Although the adoptive mother calls her a “putana” “whore”, and is convinced that Kathy is a liar and on drugs and alcohol, Kathy fears leaving the home and stays there. Kathy goes on many dates but has made up her mind that she will not be promiscuous and will remain a virgin until she finds the time is right for her. The author discusses how young women are sexually exploited and harassed in school and the work environment. For example, when Kathy is working, she is told to dress a certain way that is more enticing to certain men. Or when the boss drops a pencil on the floor and asks her to pick it up. I appreciate that the author describes the hardships and society’s impressions of young women. This is a well-written and memorable memoir that I highly recommend.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Rozier

    This is a memoir that was a one sitting read for me. Marina, who during the course of this read is called by her adoptive name Kathy, shares her story about her choice to remain a virgin until she finds love. The memoir travels from Marina’s late teen years through the middle of her twenties. We read about her relationships, her friendships, and her feelings during this time. What I found most interesting in this read was Marina’s relationship with her adoptive mom. Marina’s adoptive mom was a re This is a memoir that was a one sitting read for me. Marina, who during the course of this read is called by her adoptive name Kathy, shares her story about her choice to remain a virgin until she finds love. The memoir travels from Marina’s late teen years through the middle of her twenties. We read about her relationships, her friendships, and her feelings during this time. What I found most interesting in this read was Marina’s relationship with her adoptive mom. Marina’s adoptive mom was a real piece of work. I appreciate Marina’s transparency about her life and how she navigated these times and how she stayed steadfast in her choices! A well written memoir that gives insight into an impressive woman who stood firm in her convictions.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Miss W Book Reviews

    I am a memoir junkie. There, I said it. I have read so many, the good, the bad, the ugly , the beautiful. The Virgin Chronicles is officially in my TOP TEN memoirs! This memoir was not what I was expecting at all, and I really enjoyed every minute of Kathy's journey. This debut memoir is nothing short of brave and courageous. Timely? Yes. We follow Kathy on her journey of sex, virginity and relationships from a young age through graduate school. Her adoptive mother is less than supportive and call I am a memoir junkie. There, I said it. I have read so many, the good, the bad, the ugly , the beautiful. The Virgin Chronicles is officially in my TOP TEN memoirs! This memoir was not what I was expecting at all, and I really enjoyed every minute of Kathy's journey. This debut memoir is nothing short of brave and courageous. Timely? Yes. We follow Kathy on her journey of sex, virginity and relationships from a young age through graduate school. Her adoptive mother is less than supportive and calls her names I don't want to repeat here. The sexual objectification that young girls experience at a young age is all too apparent in Kathy's journey. A well written, though provoking memoir that I am so glad I had the pleasure of reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Albright

    This memoir could be a guidebook for young women on staying true to yourself and waiting for the right time and the right person. The author does an amazing job of expressing her vulnerability and her strength in the challenges she faces and I loved seeing her coming into her own while still holding onto her core beliefs. I received a gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Enjoy the wild rollercoaster ride as you read the story of a young woman determined to be true to herself above all else. Gritty, real, this resonates with all young women standing in the crossroads of the choice to choose herself.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michele Ackerman

    I could not put down The Virgin Chronicles and finished it in one day. Marina Delvecchio’s memoir is both poignant and thought-provoking. It is a story about a young woman who finds strength in herself and learns the importance of loving herself. If you have read Dear Jane, you must read this too.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gabi Coatsworth

    This is a powerful and courageous memoir of a young girl’s fruitless search for both physical and emotional support from her adoptive mother. Her birth mother abandoned her too, and one can’t help but sympathize with the damaged soul of the writer. The writing is honest and at times poetic, and I could relate to some of what the author went through until she found someone who loved her - and with whom she was eventually able to let her guard down.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Juhi Kunde

    The Virgin Chronicles is brave debut memoir in which the author takes us on the soul-searching journey of a young girl from high school through graduate school as she learns to navigate the complicated worlds of lust, love and self-acceptance. A masterclass in the sexual objectification of women, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the undiluted challenges faced by so many young women in our efforts to find love on our own terms.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, She Writes Press and by #NetGalley. Opinions expressed are completely my own. An interesting journey shared via memoir. It’s not easy to be so open and transparent, kudos for that alone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    Sex can be a difficult topic; virginity even more so. DelVecchio masterfully covers the taunting and all too real juxtaposition of longing and intensity and surefooted self-imposed boundaries- a balance seldom discussed in today's society. Her raw memories and craving for true acceptance and love from her own family can feel emotionally challenging to read at times, but it's also what makes The Virgin Chronicles so worthwhile. A must read for anyone who has explored and teased out the limits of Sex can be a difficult topic; virginity even more so. DelVecchio masterfully covers the taunting and all too real juxtaposition of longing and intensity and surefooted self-imposed boundaries- a balance seldom discussed in today's society. Her raw memories and craving for true acceptance and love from her own family can feel emotionally challenging to read at times, but it's also what makes The Virgin Chronicles so worthwhile. A must read for anyone who has explored and teased out the limits of their own sexuality.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    The Virgin Chronicles: A Memoir is a gritty coming of age story about Kathy, a young woman determined to hold on to her virginity. Her adopted mother is constantly critical of her as she tries to find her way through her young adulthood. Kathy is a determined yet touching protagonist in this poignant novel about a woman's struggle to just be in todays society. The Virgin Chronicles: A Memoir is a gritty coming of age story about Kathy, a young woman determined to hold on to her virginity. Her adopted mother is constantly critical of her as she tries to find her way through her young adulthood. Kathy is a determined yet touching protagonist in this poignant novel about a woman's struggle to just be in todays society.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    I received this book via a Goodreads giveaway and struggled between loving and hating it. There’s so many great themes of independence, learning oneself, treating our bodies with respect. That being said, there are moments sprinkled throughout with ‘not like the other girls’ vibes. It had this air of superiority, as though protecting one’s virginity makes you inherently better, or at least different, from the others. For every feminist step forward this book took, I felt it also took one step ba I received this book via a Goodreads giveaway and struggled between loving and hating it. There’s so many great themes of independence, learning oneself, treating our bodies with respect. That being said, there are moments sprinkled throughout with ‘not like the other girls’ vibes. It had this air of superiority, as though protecting one’s virginity makes you inherently better, or at least different, from the others. For every feminist step forward this book took, I felt it also took one step back. It was a pretty good book with beautiful writing overall.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dominique Absalom

    There are many acknowledgments of sexuality; how it defines you, how you define it, and its place in our cultural paradigm. The self-acknowledged idea of sexuality is individually crafted, with no right or wrong answer to how you choose to express it. In this memoir, we follow Kathy, a twenty-year-old virgin. She navigates her family dynamic while going out into the world, trying to figure out how she fits into the dynamic of life while finding acceptance. There were good things to be had. The w There are many acknowledgments of sexuality; how it defines you, how you define it, and its place in our cultural paradigm. The self-acknowledged idea of sexuality is individually crafted, with no right or wrong answer to how you choose to express it. In this memoir, we follow Kathy, a twenty-year-old virgin. She navigates her family dynamic while going out into the world, trying to figure out how she fits into the dynamic of life while finding acceptance. There were good things to be had. The writing often is beautiful, with excellent prose that intertwines poetry to create fantastic imagery to her mental states. I liked her dynamic within her family, more so how it was presented and navigated, as there is often no correct answer or happy ending when it comes to those closest to you. In this read, the adjacent characters aren’t there much, additions in her life that come and go and imprint things onto her, lessons to take. I liked these dynamics, but I think that’s all I wanted. This, at times, reads like a Wattpad fanfiction with sometimes dubious messaging. It is often hard to critique firsthand experiences; however, when illustrating one’s introspective dealings with sexuality, it is understandable that one may criticize another’s viewpoint. It sometimes read as a very ‘not like other girls’ type of narrative, which is not harmful, in context but in the scheme of gender norms and the diversity of perspectives prevalent in the sphere of humanity, it is hard to overlook something that reads as potentially misogynistic. Even when it did not come directly from our protagonist, which it sometimes did, the explicit remarks made by many of her suitors and subsequent lack of dialogue surrounding it makes it seem ok. The way it is situated and fixated in the book makes it seem ok. There are a lot of aspects to this book that I enjoyed, with some great messages and themes; however, some come off as very anti-girl, whether it meant to or not. Thank you to she writes press and the author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an advanced copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. Full review to come, but the gist of this review is that this book is almost unreadable. It's repetitive stream of consciousness in the worst way. From about 30% on, I just kept wishing the book would end already. Literally took me over a month to read this book because I just didn't care at all. Updates from my initial thoughts: Kathy/Marina has an insane "not like other girls" com Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an advanced copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. Full review to come, but the gist of this review is that this book is almost unreadable. It's repetitive stream of consciousness in the worst way. From about 30% on, I just kept wishing the book would end already. Literally took me over a month to read this book because I just didn't care at all. Updates from my initial thoughts: Kathy/Marina has an insane "not like other girls" complex. I was *so* frustrated reading this book because it was all about Kathy talking about how she doesn't wear much makeup. And she won't sleep around. And she's just so naturally thin. And she gets all this male attention even though she's sooooo plain and only wears jeans and flannels. I wanted to SCREAM with how annoying I found Kathy and how she simultaneously thinks nothing and everything of herself. Besides the inanity of our MC, we also have to deal with the repetitive nature of the story as a whole. Like, I'm sorry, but I can only hear about you dating your 7th guy named John for so long. I know that your drink is only one White Russian and that you drink it until your "chin goes numb" when you go dancing. You do not have to tell me 18 times. PLEASE. Please. Get an editor and shorten this memoir significantly. I hated almost every second of this book and was waiting for it to just finally be over. Then it did finally end.... supremely underwhelmingly. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    The Virgin Chronicles began as a page turner for me.This was an excellent read. I couldn’t read fast enough. I told myself to slow down and savor Kathryn’s relationship adventures. I found myself relating to Kathryn’s experiences with young men and envied her determination to save herself for real love. While that determination is the core of the memoir, I am left wanting to know more of her life story. I saw some of my own mother’s cruelty in Kathryn’s mother. Her mother treated her with disresp The Virgin Chronicles began as a page turner for me.This was an excellent read. I couldn’t read fast enough. I told myself to slow down and savor Kathryn’s relationship adventures. I found myself relating to Kathryn’s experiences with young men and envied her determination to save herself for real love. While that determination is the core of the memoir, I am left wanting to know more of her life story. I saw some of my own mother’s cruelty in Kathryn’s mother. Her mother treated her with disrespect and meanness. Kathy is subjected to interrogations, insults, and humiliation by her mother. Why is the mother like this? Why did she adopt a child only to belittle and shame her, her entire life? What happened in the mother’s life to make the mother so cruel? I need a sequel that helps me understand Kathryn’s mother. Please.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christy Taylor

    This was an incredible read and I really respect the author for sharing her story. If I had to pick one word to describe Kathy (who we find out during the book is the name Marina’s adoptive mother gave her) it would be DETERMINED. She was determined to stay true to her values, determined to preserve her virginity until she felt truly loved by her partner and determined to complete her education all in spite of countless hurdles and obstacles including an emotionally abusive adoptive mother. If y This was an incredible read and I really respect the author for sharing her story. If I had to pick one word to describe Kathy (who we find out during the book is the name Marina’s adoptive mother gave her) it would be DETERMINED. She was determined to stay true to her values, determined to preserve her virginity until she felt truly loved by her partner and determined to complete her education all in spite of countless hurdles and obstacles including an emotionally abusive adoptive mother. If you love a story about determination and perseverance you should definitely read this beautifully written memoir.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Booksandcoffeepleasemx

    𝘙𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵-𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘭! I love when a memoir can be read as a fiction novel, I needed to remind myself that I was reading a true story. This is a story about love and finding yourself, my heart broke for all the abuse but loved her empowering journey. Thank you Suzy Approved Book Tours and She Writes Press for this tour invite. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗿𝗴𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗹𝗲𝘀 by Marina DelVecchio, Author released April 26, 2022. https://www.instagram.com/booksandcof... 𝘙𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵-𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘭! I love when a memoir can be read as a fiction novel, I needed to remind myself that I was reading a true story. This is a story about love and finding yourself, my heart broke for all the abuse but loved her empowering journey. Thank you Suzy Approved Book Tours and She Writes Press for this tour invite. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗿𝗴𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗹𝗲𝘀 by Marina DelVecchio, Author released April 26, 2022. https://www.instagram.com/booksandcof...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    The description of “The Virgin Chronicles” was quite enticing, however; the book fell flat. I was never very engaged in the book and had to start over several times. The style is a narrative but it seems choppy and not told in a congruent way. Thank you to the publisher, She Writes Press, and NetGalley for granting my a free eCopy in exchange for my opinions.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marina DelVecchio

    Marina DelVecchio, author of THE VIRGIN [email protected]·5h#thevirginchronicles is a memoir about a young woman who wants to have sex on her terms. Empowering and raw, it’s currently free to #read on #netgalley http://netgal.ly/lCBvua #feminist #MeToo #virginity #sexscripts #BookClub #BookTwitter #BookRecommendations #booktok Marina DelVecchio, author of THE VIRGIN [email protected]·5h#thevirginchronicles is a memoir about a young woman who wants to have sex on her terms. Empowering and raw, it’s currently free to #read on #netgalley http://netgal.ly/lCBvua #feminist #MeToo #virginity #sexscripts #BookClub #BookTwitter #BookRecommendations #booktok

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