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For the seniors at Immaculate Heart High, hormones triumphed over the State of Grace - and everyone's vocation was to DO IT.
The Map of Forbidden Sexual Delights extended its boundaries nightly in the back seats of tail-finned cars.
And nothing - not even the Anti-Smut League - could keep the boys and the girls from a rowdy, raunchy romp through those heart-stopping, heart-wrenching days of growing up!
Peggy walks the fine line of being a good Catholic school girl and a young woman who wants to become independent and live her own life, instead of the one that is taught by the strict Catholic church. It makes it that much harder on Peggy when her girl best friend Con is a confident flirt with boys, and her childhood best friend Sean starts to become more than just her friend. When Sean promises to go into the priesthood, what happens to Peggy?
I would have loved to have this one as a teenager, and writing an essay about it would have been indeed wonderful since I am Catholic and went to a Catholic school. Boy has society changed! Set in the 1950s, the book has the old school way of thinking where the woman stays at home and makes everything comfortable for the husband (vomits). Virgins also brought a lot of other themes into being, like religion being such a huge part of anyone’s life, and its restrictions. How does one struggle with their religion’s beliefs and live a life where they have to do everything the Bible says? There’s a certain amount of close-minded thinking that some Catholics in this book think about and I can’t help but get angry at it. For example, everyone who isn’t Catholic will go straight to hell. People will believe what they want to believe. I always had a problem with narrow-minded people, and if I ever came across a person like Mr. McCaffrey in person, a healthy debate will ensue. The point of my rant: forcing religion upon someone is morally wrong.
The characters in this book are fully developed and their personalities emerge straight off the page. Peggy, as any young teenage girl is suddenly inundated with teenage hormones, and being Catholic makes it that much harder for to stay within the Church’s teachings. She ends up questioning a lot about her sexuality, and her thoughts are understandable and highly relatable for any teenage girl. Sean is a character who is wise beyond his years. His quotes were beautiful and I found myself agreeing with him whole heartedly. His faith in God and what He claims to do, is just so beautifully written. I found his character the easiest to like and fall in love with. These characters get into such crazy acts and say the funniest things that I couldn’t help but quote some of them. I find them quite hilarious, even being Catholic myself. Mr. McCaffrey, Sean’s close-minded father is rather unlikeable and I felt myself wanting to slap him at some points. I have society to thank that times have changed, and women are no longer just housewives who cater to the whim of every male that we encounter. I do pity the people who think like this character and hope for the best that they can respect other people’s religions and beliefs.
In this humourous parody on the Catholic Church, this coming-of-age story will get your panties in a twist, and make you laugh and cry. Highly recommended for people who want a good laugh and can poke fun at religion. Not recommended for people who are wishing for a plot, because I don’t believe there is one except the lesson that our main character learns.