The cover really says it all: this is a book about the all-absorbing subject of how to lose your virginity effortlessly and romantically, and by doing so, move irrevocably from the world of the socially pathetic to the cool life.
Abby, Mala, Bree and Zoe are determined to shed their virgin status before Schoolies Week does it for them. In other words, they want to ‘avoid losing it in the bushes with some random guy in a heavy-metal t-shirt after too many tequila shots.’
A pact is struck, and the countdown – and the fun – begins.
This is a light hearted look at what can be a serious issue for many teenagers, and in general it manages to tread gently through a complicated turning point in our lives. In writing about four very different girls, the author has the opportunity to explore wider themes and cultural limitations and expectations. Abby, from a conservative Christian background, is dealing with the inevitable parental disapproval if they find out what she’s up to. Mala, from a similarly conservative but Asian family, has an added complication: how is she going to tell the boy she’s using that she actually likes him? Bree encounters unexpected sexuality issues and Zoe learns a valuable lesson about mixing friendship with sex.
There’s potential for discussion, and for laughs, too, in this book, which would suit 13 – 16 year old readers.