Author: KZ Snow
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Sixteen-year-old Jake McCullough and his friends Rider, Brody, Carlton, and Tim are the invisible boys of Ben Raphael Academy, an exclusive coed prep school. Brody decides they need “mystique” to garner attention. “Nobody has more mystique than a desirable virgin,” he declares. Thus is born Ben Raphael’s All-Star Virgin Order or BRAVO.
The boys polish their appearances. Brody launches a subtle but canny publicity campaign. Soon, the boys are being noticed. But they’re emotionally fragile. Two have succumbed to a seductive female teacher. Jake and Rider, roommates and best friends who are attracted to one another, fear the stigma of being gay.
It takes an unspeakable tragedy to make the BRAVO boys realize what’s important in life, and that “virginity” has more than one meaning.
High school is tough. Add to that knowing you are unwanted by your family, and you have to rely only on the family you make, aka your friends, to get you through. That is the scenario facing Jake, Rider, Brody, Tim, Carlton, and many of their classmates at Ben Raphael, an elite boarding school in Wisconsin. For Jake and his friends, they are the outcast among the elite outcasts. So, like any goo teenager, they come up with a way to be noticed. Declaring themselves the Ben Raphael All-Star Virgin Order as a way to be noticed.
Unfortunately for the boys, they have to face much bigger problems than their unfortunate (or fortunate) virginity. There is a predator in their midst, two of their number might just be falling in love… with each other, and secrets may just tear the boys apart.
Virgins is a YA title and as such glosses over some of the more explicit scenes, but it still tackles some pretty heady topics with grace and sensitivity. These boys have to grow up fast. I would have liked to see more of that process and less of the lead up. Or maybe equal time for the lead up and the recovery. This isn’t a romance, it is a story of growth and friendship, that just happens to have a pretty nice love story in the background.
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